“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
~ Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan is conceivably the unparalleled NBA player of all time, having a number of championship rings, NBA MVPs and finals MVPs in his illustrious basketball career. He’s not just a great player, he’s also blessed with a remarkable work ethic, attitude towards life and the ability to encourage and inspire millions of people around the globe.
Here we have listed 5 lessons about life, accomplishment, passion and dedication that we can learn from Michael Jordan’s life story.
1# USE FAILURE AS FUEL
Michael Jordan always took failure as motivation. Cut from the high school team as a sophomore, he took it as a fuel and trained rigorously. His hard work and dedication paid off. Following year he made it in the team and in the senior year, he made it in the All American High School Team.
Michael broke his foot in 1985-86 season, but did that stop him? Well off course not, his team went for the playoffs without him and they even made the record for the most points scored in a playoff -63 in a losing series opposing the Boston Celtics. He was fully recovered by the launch of the 1986-87 season and turned out to be the second player to gain 3,000 points in one season!
Jordan had a remarkable work ethic and willpower which allowed him to thrive through each and every hardship he faced!
2# BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN GREATNESS
Michael’s believed that if you want amazing things to happen you need to focus and get ready for them to happen. This is tremendously powerful; if you focus on likely positive things instead of failures, you actually open up to new opportunities for achievement and success. This is epitomized in his quote, “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
Focus on the right things coz that is the key to speed up your success. Look for the positive in any situation it’ll make u more contented and more dynamic, and above all more likely to succeed. By expecting great things and focusing on possible positives, your mind becomes motivated to do the things that would make it happen.
3# EMBRACE FAILURE, DON’T FEAR
Michael always embraced failure instead of fearing it. His philosophy was: if failure happens, it happens. It’s only terrible if you process it as terrible. Jordan thought of fear as an ‘illusion’ that we can easily overcome. He very rightly said fearing failure limits our potential for success.
In an interview, Michael said that he had no regrets in his career. He said at times things went wrong, but he took them positively because they are a huge learning experience.
4# STICK TO FUNDAMENTALS
Michael believed in sticking to the fundamentals. He said one should never lose sight of the basics. Another inspiring quote by Jordan says: “If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you.” The message here is: never skip over the basics, if you cut corners you won’t be satisfied.
5# WORK HARD, SUPER HARD
Jordan worked exceptionally hard to reach his goals. His success was attributable to him demanding more out of himself than others. Michael’s Chicago Bull teammates say that he was always the first one to turn up and the last one to go at the team gym daily.
A blend of his athletic gift and tough, long, purposeful practice was part of Jordan’s success formula. Be sociable and share, if you were inspired by Jordan’s life and his thinking.
Watch Jordan's famous inspiration video here