Michael Jordan quotes talk a lot about his favorite love, basketball and his experience playing the game. He talks a bit about his personal life as he mentioned his father, but his main focus was on the game. Michael Johnson had a great career and he has left a legacy both on the court and off as he recounts his journey to being one of the best if not the best. One of his greatest memories was playing against Kobe Bryant.
Michel Jordan was a basketball player who found stardom playing the sport. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls and created history. Jordan made various investments and is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. There has been a long discussion for years about if he was better than LeBron James. He may have left the court but he hasn’t left the game. See more about MJ’s quotes below.
“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.”
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
“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."
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
"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."
“If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!"
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation."
“Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work."
“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail."
“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
“Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.”
“Make it happen"
“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life."
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again."
“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing."
“The key to success is failure."
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
"Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher."
“Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park."
"There is no “I” in team but there is in win."
“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game."
“Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again."
“The best come from the worst."
“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… When you think about the consequences you will always think of the negative result."
“I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time."
“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat."
"My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline."
“The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace."
“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time."
“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try."
“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."
“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."
“Heart is what separates the good from the great."
“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus."
“You can practice shooting 8 hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise."
“I own the guy guarding me."
“There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, & I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either."
“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."
“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."
“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night."
“Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are."
Michael Jordan may not have always been the perfect role model but he sure shared a lot of wisdom and inspiration. He is considered extremely competitive by his friend Will Smith. His quotes speak volume about the man and offer great wisdom to any one who is looking to succeed, may success be ours.