Michael Jordan – An Inspiration!
Michael Jordan is a huge inspiration for me. I know strange as I’m not really into Basketball! I admire him so much as I love his attitude. You see, people might think that he has this great attitude, because he is the most talented, greatest player of our time. I think he is the most talented and greatest player of all time, because of his attitude.
In high school Michael Jordan was dropped from the high school team. Imagine if because of that event he decided not to play basketball, but instead it drove him to be better – in his words:
“I think that not making the Varsity team drove me to really work at my game, and also taught me that if you set goals, and work hard to achieve them—the hard work can pay off.”
Michael Jordan is tall, athletic and smart… so are a million other people! He is not necessarily gifted, special or different. He is the greatest of all time because of this thinking. So although I don’t play basketball, I don’t really like basketball, and I don’t want to play basketball, by modeling his thinking, I know I can get the same results in my chosen sport.
Here is some of his philosophies:
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
“I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it… I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it’s an illusion to me.”
If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.”
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
“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.”
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
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