List of quotes from basketball phenom Michael Jordan. Jordan is best known for his prowess on the basketball court, and is widely considered among the greatest legends the game has yet produced. Therefore, his quotes are often mentioned and used in an inspirational context, to encourage others to pursue their dreams and work as hard as Jordan did in perfecting his game.
However, Jordan is a quotable figure and his words have been used in a variety of contexts. He is the author of the book "Driven from Within" (along with Mark Vancil.) He's also notable for leaving his basketball career at the peak of his championship-winning powers to pursue a side career in minor league baseball.
Today, he's notably the owner of the serially-terrible Charlotte Bobcats, who played particularly woefully in the 2011-2012 season. But Jordan has faced other, non-professional challenges as well. After being spotted gambling in Atlantic City during the Chicago Bulls 1993 playoff run, and allegations that he had lost millions of dollars betting on his own golf games, a possible Jordan gambling addiction became the subject of a lot of rumor and speculation. (Jordan later conceded on "60 Minutes" that he had made some "reckless decisions.") Many of his quotes could be relevant in the context of taking chances or rising to new challenges, even following a period of failure.
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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.
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.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to hink about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus.
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences, you always think of a negative result.
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.
Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.
My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.
The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I'm out there, no one can bother me.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
But my drive to win is so great. I just step over that line. It's very embarrassing. One of the things you totally regret. So you look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I was stupid."
When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It's like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems.
I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody's wish.
The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.
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.
There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve.
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