Friday, January 21, 2011

Words of Wisdom from Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is now 48 years old. These days he's known for Nike's "Air Jordan" sneakers and for his Haynes underwear commercials, in which he plays the smiling, patient straight man to over-zealous admirers who wear the same underwear he does. And he's the majority owner of an NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

And oh yeah, he's the greatest basketball player who ever played the game. He is personally responsible for the Chicago Bulls's achieving two three-peats in the 1990s - six NBA championships. Professional basketball is a worldwide phenomenon now, and it started with Michael Jordan. For an example of his greatness, check this story.

He's a perfect example of why athletes shouldn't be stereotyped as "dumb jocks." These are my favorite quotes from Michael...

On TEAMWORK - “If you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

On EFFORT - "Success isn't something you chase. It's something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it'll come when you least expect it."

On PERSEVERANCE - “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

On PERSEVERANCE - “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.”

On SELF-CONFIDENCE - "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength . (1997 photo by Steve Lipofsky, fair use permission from GNU Free Documentation License)

1 comment:

Steve Borgman said...

Love Michael Jordan's attributes and character traits as a basketball player. Like any human, though, he has had moral failures that disappointed me, particularly in his marriage. I'm human just like him; by God's grace, I hope to be faithful to my wife of (so far) 14 years. However, I've learned a lot from his other winning traits.