Michael Jordan has become synonymous with basketball, but there’s more to him than the sport and his impressive career record.
The legend, often dubbed as the Greatest of All Time, had such confidence in his abilities and translated his skills to actual results: won 6 NBA championship titles, clinched the Finals MVP in each one of those championship seasons, and averaged 30 points per game as well as 6 rebounds while he was a shooting guard.
While he was undoubtedly fearless and well-equipped inside the court, Jordan also had a way with words and in expressing his love for the hustle. Here are 10 Jordan quotes to remind you today to dream big, reach for the sky, and actually achieve greatness.
On Playing the Game
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
"Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”
On Failure and Trying Again
“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.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to try. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.”
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”
“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.”
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”