“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results. ” Michael Jordan
Known for his perseverance and dedication, Michael Jordan’s become an inspiration on and off the sports field (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jordan.) Dubbed “His Airness” because of his amazing ability on the basketball court, he has a lot to say that’s motivating:
“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.”
“Be true to the game and the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, the game will shortcut you. If you put forth effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.
“Sometimes thing may not go your way, but the effort should be there, every night.”
“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.”
“The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus on your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
“Some people want it to happen, some people wish it to happen, others make it happen.”
“If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Never quit!”
“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of my competitive enthusiasm to win.”
“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you look at the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.”
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t tun around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
Bravo, Michael! Now energized and emboldened, let’s all write on!