“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.”
– Michael Jordan
I wasn’t a huge Michael Jordan fan when I was a little kid. Maybe it was because my parents would never buy me the shoes or it could of been caused by him dismantling my favorite teams in either the NBA Championship or Conference Championships. Either way, I never wanted to be like Mike when I was a little kid.
I mean, I heard all the stories like everyone else, some real and false. Michael Jordan cut by his high school basketball team only to end up starring at North Carolina and becoming the greatest basketball player of all time. That’s exactly what he is. I still believe he pushed off of Brian Russell, traveled almost every time he went to the basket, and got the majority of the calls but great players get the benefit of the doubt.
I love this quote because it sums up why Micheal Jordan is the greatest. He was not afraid of failure. He allowed himself to fail. There were 26 times before that famous shot he buried against the Jazz where he missed. Nobody remembers those misses. They only remember the times he didn’t miss.
Go miss some shots today so you’ll be able to make them one day.
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