“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 again in my life, and that is why I succeed” – Michael Jordan
The greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is the raised bar that basketball players attempt to exceed in the NBA. A day barely goes by where a commentator doesn’t mention him or compare an athlete to him.
Even more important than his feats are his failures. His failures are why he is motivational to me. As the quote above explains, he has failed over and over again and that’s why he succeeded. Many times people see the success and call it overnight, but I’ve learned that there is no such thing. It takes years of hard work before reaching that level. And when you finally grab it, people forget or don’t even know the failures that had to be burst through.
I could go and list the achievements of Michael Jordan, but that list would be longer than this article is intended for. If you’re interested, check it out here.
I will mention, however, that the NBA team, the Chicago Bulls, only saw 6 NBA Finals appearances. Michael Jordan lead the team with coach Phil Jackson and supporting player Scottie Pippen, to all 6 of the appearances. And of those 6, they won all 6 with no losses, and Jordan was crowned the MVP each of those times. By just observing these accomplishments, it’s easy to see why MJ is the greatest basketball player in the NBA to play the sport and why he is a motivation to us who have watched him play.
I hope this video motivates you as it has motivated me to push through the obstacles of failure and turn them into opportunities for success.
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