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5 Motivational Lessons Michael Jordan Taught Us

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Michael Jordan is arguably the best player in the history of the NBA. 6 Championship rings, 6 Final MVP’s and 5 NBA MVP’s are just a few amazing achievements to his name. A number of great NBA players have credited Michael Jordan as their inspiring mentor that they looked up to during their career in basketball.

So what makes Michael Jordan such an amazing individual? What lessons of Motivation can we all learn from Michael Jordan?

The good fella’s at Athletic Poetics have the answer.

Here are the 5 Motivational Lesson’s from Michael Jordan.

MJ’s 5 Lesson’s of Motivation

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1. Make decisions. Take action.

Get in the game. Get involved. Don’t be afraid to make decisions because they may lead to mistakes. Mistakes are inevitably part of the journey. If you were perfect you wouldn’t be on this journey. Some people fear failure so much that they freeze up and are afraid to make decisions or take take action. Conquer your fears by making decisions and taking action.

“A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary” — Seneca

 

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2. Find a solution.

When you hit a roadblock, don’t waste your energy and time panicking. Take a moment to gather yourself and find a solution, it exists.

As Winston Churchill said:

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

 

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3. Teamwork FTW.

What if Michael Jordan didn’t have Scottie Pippen? Jordan is arguably the greatest player of all time but he did not win six championships by himself. Jordan was blessed with a teammate and Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen (one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History).

Lets not forget that Dennis Rodman (7x NBA Rebounding Champion) and Toni Kukoc (1996, NBA Sixth Man of the Year) were integral players in the second three-peat. Jordan was also coached by Phil Jackson, possibly greatest coach in NBA history.

The moral of this story is, teamwork For The Win.

 

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4. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Practice your fundamentals to perfect your technique. The best players in the game constantly train with coaches to better their fundamental footwork, defense, and shooting mechanics. Don’t get lost in the details so much that you lose sight of the basics.

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5. Be tenacious and improve.

If you’re not failing you’re not trying. Embrace your setbacks and failures as fuel and motivation. Accept that failure is part of success. Find perseverance and continue, you have it within you.

Founder and CEO of AthleticPoetics.com. At Athletic Poetics, we believe the values learned on the playing field prepare us for life. We aim to inspire and educate by bringing to life sports quotes and celebrating great moments in sports history.

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5 Comments

  1. taytay

    Dec 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    i like this

  2. Tyler Basu

    Nov 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Great post. Michael Jordan truly is one of the world’s greatest achievers and the principles in this article are applicable to individuals striving to succeed in any vocation.

  3. ziad abdelnour

    Nov 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

    “Success is not found in what you have achieved but rather in who you have become”

    thank you,

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