Michael Jordan

Born: February 17, 1963

Occupation: Basketball player

Quotes of Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

You remember what you said in 1994 about, 'I think I can guard you, I can shut you down, I would love to play against you?' Well, you're about to get your chance.

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Michael Jordan

Maybe it’s my own fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that...

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Michael Jordan

Look me in the eye. It’s ok if you’re scared. So am I. But we are scared for different reasons. I am scared of what I won’t become. And you are scared of what I could become. Look at me. I won’t...

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Michael Jordan

If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.

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Michael Jordan

I don't know about flying, but sometimes it feels like I have these little wings on my feet.

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Michael Jordan

Nothing of value comes without being earned.

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Michael Jordan

My advice is find fuel in failure. Sometimes failure gets you closer to where you want to be.

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Michael Jordan

I won't have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can't see being competitive in sports any more.

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Michael Jordan

It's always been said that when I can't find a way to do anything, I will find a way to do it.

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Michael Jordan

Republicans buy sneakers, too.

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Michael Jordan

Heart is what separates the good from the great.

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Michael Jordan

When I step onto the court, I'm ready to play. If you're going up against me, you'd better be ready. If you're not going to compete, I will dominate you.

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Michael Jordan

Being afraid on the court, means you're not confident of your skills

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Michael Jordan

If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!

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Michael Jordan

It's not how hard you pushed along the way. It's having something in you to finish.

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Michael Jordan

There are no shortcuts. I approached practices the same way I approached games. You can't turn it on and off like a faucet. I couldn't dog it during practice and then, when I needed that extra push late...

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Michael Jordan

I'm not afraid to take a step and if I fall, I fall. I pick myself up and move on. If we can all learn one thing in life, it's don't be afraid to take on something that you believe you're capable of...

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Michael Jordan

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.

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Michael Jordan

If I thought of the number of people who were watching me as I got ready to shoot, I?d miss it.

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Michael Jordan

The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.

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Michael Jordan

Isn't (life) all about trying?

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Michael Jordan

Great players never look in the mirror and think I'm a great basketball player. You ask yourself, Am I the best player I can be?

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Michael Jordan

Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.

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Michael Jordan

Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.

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Michael Jordan

Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation

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Michael Jordan

Earn your leadership every day.

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Michael Jordan

Each time I step on the basketball court, I never know what will happen. I live for the moment. I play for the moment.

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Michael Jordan

It's easier for me to get ready for a game on the road because you're expected to lose when you play away from home. That's a challenge to right there and that perks my competitive juices.

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Michael Jordan

I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, I can expect half-hearted results. Most people get it the honest way by setting their goals and committing themselves to achieving their goals....

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Michael Jordan

I missed 9000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games and missed the shot to win the game 26 times.

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Michael Jordan

There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?

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Michael Jordan

We're beating a lot of poor teams. So what? We won a lot of games last year, too. Will Horace and Bill still be playing at this level in the playoffs...Can Pip keep it up?

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Michael Jordan

I hate being out there with those garbage men. They don't get you the ball.

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Michael Jordan

You're an idiot. You've screwed up every play we ever ran. You're too stupid to even remember the plays. We ought to get rid of you.

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Michael Jordan

If you pass the ball to Bill Cartwright, you'll never get the ball from me.

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Michael Jordan

We're not winning because of talent. We're just beating bad teams.

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Michael Jordan

It's probably a twelve-day. He needs two days to wake up.

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Michael Jordan

A coach is someone that sees beyond your limits and guides you to greatness!

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Michael Jordan

I took cooking classes when I was younger; girls weren't interested in me, and I thought I may be alone for the rest of my life.

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Michael Jordan

A leader can't make excuses. There has to be quality in everything you do. Off the court, on the court, in the classroom.

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Michael Jordan

If it turns out that my best wasn't good enough, at least I won't look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.

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Michael Jordan

Never think of the consequences of failing for you will always think of a negative result. Think only positive thoughts and your mind will gravitate towards those thoughts!

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Michael Jordan

Don't let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.

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Michael Jordan

Fundamentals were the most crucial part of my game in the NBA. Everything I did, everything I achieved, can be traced back to the way I approached the fundamentals.

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Michael Jordan

If I had stood at the free-throw line and thought about 10 million people watching me on the other side of the camera lens, I couldn't have made anything. So I mentally tried to put myself in a familiar...

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Michael Jordan

All I knew is that I NEVER wanted to be AVERAGE.

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Michael Jordan

Since I've been in chiropractic, I've improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.

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Michael Jordan

My attitude going into training camp as a rookie was to impress. I wanted to impress my teammates, my coaches, the owners, everybody. I wanted them to say, ?This kid is special. This kid has the right...

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

A loss is not a failure until you make an excuse.

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Michael Jordan

When I worked on my game, that's what I thought about. When it happened, I set another goal, a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I guess I approached...

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Michael Jordan

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.

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Michael Jordan

Life is a sport...drink it up.

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Michael Jordan

I truly love the game; I wouldn't be playing if I didn't love the game. I'm not getting paid astronomical dollars; it's truly for the love of the game of basketball.

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Michael Jordan

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. Most people don't understand that.

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Michael Jordan

Confidence allows you to progress in something you're attempting to accomplish, whether it's playing basketball or baseball or whether it's trying to succeed in business.

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Michael Jordan

Another day, another opportunity to prove everyone who doubts you wrong.

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Michael Jordan

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,...

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Michael Jordan

Winners don't just learn the fundamentals, they master them. You have to monitor your fundamentals constantly because the only thing that changes will be your attention to them.

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Michael Jordan

I'm not a Twitterer, I'm not a twerker, I'm not a Facebooker. I am a ... nothin' ... I'm old school.

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Michael Jordan

I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.

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Michael Jordan

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....

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Michael Jordan

I knew where I wanted to go, what kind of player I wanted to become and I focused on getting there.

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.

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Michael Jordan

I am competing with what I am capable of.

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Michael Jordan

You believe an eye for an eye until you are put in that situation. If they kill those guys, it really doesn't mean much to me. My father is gone.

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Michael Jordan

My Father... He was there when I didn't understand, he was there when I was wrong, he was there when I cried, he was there when I lied. For some reason my dad was always there, when I needed him the most....

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Michael Jordan

Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.

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Michael Jordan

Anything can happen if you are willing to put in the work and remain open to the possibility. Dreams are realized by effort, determination, passion and staying connected to that sense of who you are.

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Michael Jordan

All I wanted to do was to improve, to keep getting better.

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Michael Jordan

If I have an agenda or a goal, no one is going to deter me from what I want to do.

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Michael Jordan

Obstacles don't have to stop you.

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Michael Jordan

What is love? Love is playing every game as if it's your last!

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Michael Jordan

You always have to focus in life on what you want to achieve.

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Michael Jordan

If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear.

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Michael Jordan

I know what's within me even if you can't see it yet...I have something more important than courage, I have patience. I will become what I know I am.

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Michael Jordan

I just feel that my competitive drive is far greater than anyone else that I've met, and I think that I thrive on that.

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Michael Jordan

I went to a bookstore to try to find a book. The bottom line is, it all comes by trial and error. It was scary and exciting at first you don't know what to expect. But once you look into your child's eyes,...

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Michael Jordan

I failed so therefore I succeed.

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Michael Jordan

It doesn't matter if you fall down, it's whether you get back up.

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Michael Jordan

Its better to shoot and miss, then to let time run out and wonder what if

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Michael Jordan

When I got cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again. I never wanted to have that taste in my mouth, that hole in my stomach....

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Michael Jordan

It doesn't matter if you win as long as you give everything in your heart

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Michael Jordan

You can practice shooting eight 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...

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Michael Jordan

I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.

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Michael Jordan

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.

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Michael Jordan

I've never lost a game I just ran out of time.

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Michael Jordan

Focus like a laser, not a flashlight

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Michael Jordan

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

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Michael Jordan

Failure builds muscle, determination, and dreams.

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Michael Jordan

Anyone who would argue that this third-generatio n MDX is an SUV might as well belong to the Flat Earth Society. The 2014 Acura MDX is the perfect expression of the modern car - capable, spacious, and...

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Michael Jordan

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.

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Michael Jordan

I have failed many times, and that's why I am a success.

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Michael Jordan

The harder I prepare, the luckier I seem to get.

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Michael Jordan

You don't show up on game day and expect to be great. Greatness happens in practice. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

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Michael Jordan

I'm a firm believer in goal setting. Step by step. I can't see any other way of accomplishing anything.

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Michael Jordan

It's not about the shoes, it's what you do in them.

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Michael Jordan

Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

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Michael Jordan

I didn't come here to be average.

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Michael Jordan

My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn.

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Michael Jordan

learning 's a gift, even when "pain" ,s your teacher!

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Michael Jordan

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.

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Michael Jordan

Don't be like me. Be better than me. That's the goal.

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

People ask me if I could fly, I said, 'yeah....' for a little while.

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Michael Jordan

It's heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody . . . My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can, ... People may not agree with that . . . I can't live with what...

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Michael Jordan

I'm sorry to see it end.

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Michael Jordan

So, the next time you're out working on your game and they pass you the rock, don't just take it to the hole. Take it to the next level. Don't just bend rims. Bend expectations. Let them see you and feel...

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Michael Jordan

The NBA is the strongest professional sports league in the world. The league and the game is bigger than any one person, Michael Jordan included, and they always will be. I hope that today players, especially...

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Michael Jordan

I am privileged to have played basketball.

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Michael Jordan

Sometimes I wonder what it will be like to look back on all this. Whether it will seem real.

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Michael Jordan

Because I want every kid to be viewed as a person rather than as a member of a certain race does not mean that I'm not black enough. . . . Do they want me to be positive just for black kids and negative...

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

People can fly. Some people fly higher than others, that's all.

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Michael Jordan

I can never stop working hard. Each day I feel that I have to improve. Hardwork...Determination...I gotta keep pushing myself.

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Michael Jordan

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...

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Michael Jordan

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...

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Michael Jordan

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how...

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Michael Jordan

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

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Michael Jordan

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.

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Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

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Michael Jordan

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.

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Michael Jordan

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.

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Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

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Michael Jordan

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

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Michael Jordan

My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.

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Michael Jordan

My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'

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Michael Jordan

The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and...

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Michael Jordan

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.

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Michael Jordan

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.

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Michael Jordan

There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don't believe there is only one greatest player either.

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Michael Jordan

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

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Michael Jordan

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot... when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.

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Michael Jordan

When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it's time for me to move away from the game.

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Michael Jordan

Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.

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Michael Jordan

I've never been afraid to fail.

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Michael Jordan

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

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Michael Jordan

I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.

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Michael Jordan

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.

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Michael Jordan

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.

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Michael Jordan

How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn't have done it.

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Michael Jordan

There is no 'i' in team but there is in win.

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Michael Jordan

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you're in a fight.

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Michael Jordan

I never thought a role model should be negative.

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Michael Jordan

I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody's wish.

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Michael Jordan

My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn't stand the sideline.

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Michael Jordan

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

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Michael Jordan

I hope the millions of people I've touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.

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Michael Jordan

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.

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Michael Jordan

In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.

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Michael Jordan

I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it's meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.

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Michael Jordan

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...

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Michael Jordan

Playing sick. That is so hard to do. It has to be a total mental challenge, as well as the physical challenge.

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Michael Jordan

The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.

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Michael Jordan

There's only one Michael Jordan.

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Michael Jordan

In reality, I never want to grow up.

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Michael Jordan

I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.

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Michael Jordan

I want to be the bridge to the next generation.

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Michael Jordan

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent.

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Michael Jordan

I can't speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.

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Michael Jordan

I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don't know.

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Michael Jordan

Winning isn't always championships.

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Michael Jordan

I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.

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Michael Jordan

I wasn't really a work conscious type of person.

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Michael Jordan

I'd like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it's never going to be completely normal.

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Michael Jordan

It's hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it's definitely impacted the league.

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Michael Jordan

Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.

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Michael Jordan

I know the signs of scaredness.

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Michael Jordan

I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.

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Michael Jordan

It is nerve-wracking watching my kids' games.

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Michael Jordan

It's a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.

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Michael Jordan

It's absolutely wrong that I don't want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren't in the room.

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Michael Jordan

Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I've done? No.

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Michael Jordan

Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.

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Michael Jordan

I want to play for years.

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Michael Jordan

I've had tendinitis since college.

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Michael Jordan

Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.

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Michael Jordan

When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.

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Michael Jordan

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I've been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn...

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Michael Jordan

I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don't get me wrong. But don't try to put the organization above the players.

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Michael Jordan

For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness...

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Michael Jordan

Ultimately, if you can say that I'm a bad owner and we're winning championships, I can live with that. But if we're not making the playoffs and we're spending and losing money, then I have to look in the...

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Michael Jordan

When I was playing before I retired, I never really understood the appreciation and the respect that people gave me. People had treated me like a god or something, and that was very embarrassing.

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Michael Jordan

Not every flying hero has a cape.

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Michael Jordan

I've reached the pinnacle of my career. I just feel that I don't have anything else to prove.

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Michael Jordan

The best come from the worst

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Michael Jordan

My most memorable dunk, that I think about very, very often, is the Patrick Ewing dunk.

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Michael Jordan

We had to be to the stadium at six o'clock for home games, and traffic was so bad it would take us an hour and fifteen or an hour and thirty minutes to drive. So now I'm sitting in a car for almost an...

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Michael Jordan

Once I get the ball, you're at my mercy. There is nothing you can say or do about it. I own the ball.

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Michael Jordan

I'd take 12 guys who had a strong passion for the game over 12 guys who don't respect the game.

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Michael Jordan

I Own the guy guarding me

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Michael Jordan

I'll quit competing when my heart quits beating

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Michael Jordan

Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise

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Michael Jordan

Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates

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Michael Jordan

Success doesn't stop when you get there

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Michael Jordan

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them

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Michael Jordan

There have been times when I have failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail

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Michael Jordan

If nobody will help you do it alone!

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Michael Jordan

If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working on it.

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Michael Jordan

Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.

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Michael Jordan

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... I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it's an illusion to me.

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Michael Jordan

If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.

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Michael Jordan

The key to success is failure

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Michael Jordan

I viewed it as a business, but I always viewed it as a game. An opportunity to show my skills, my basketball skills, amongst the best in the world.

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