Yes, we are talking about Michael Jordan, the legendary basketball super star.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.
The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.
The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.
My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.
I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.
I’ve never been afraid to fail.
I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.
You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.
Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.
Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.
Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.
I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.
I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.
I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.
I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.
Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.
I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.
Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.
When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.
In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.
I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.
For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.
When I was playing before I retired, I never really understood the appreciation and the respect that people gave me. People had treated me like a god or something, and that was very embarrassing.
Ultimately, if you can say that I’m a bad owner and we’re winning championships, I can live with that. But if we’re not making the playoffs and we’re spending and losing money, then I have to look in the mirror and say maybe I’m not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization.
Books by Michael Jordan:
- I Can’t Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence
- For the Love of the Game : My Story
- Driven from Within
- Rare Air: Michael on Michael
- MJ Unauthorized: A Collection of Quotes in Four Quarters
- I’m Back!: More Rare Air
Books about Michael Jordan:
- Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism (New Edition)
- Michael Jordan: Legends in Sports (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)
- Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
- Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
- Michael Jordan: The Life
- How to Be Like Mike: Life Lessons about Basketball’s Best
- When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan’s Last Comeback