We all know who Michael Jordan is: one of the greatest basketball players of all times. In our minds, he will probably remain just that. But over the years I have also discovered the great wisdom this amazing man has to share with us.
That’s why I’ve decided to put some of his words together compiled into these 23 life changing lessons you too can learn from Michael Jordan.
23 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Michael Jordan
1. It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.
“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.’” ~ Michael Jordan
2. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist.
“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . Failure always made me try harder next time” -Michael Jordan
3. Believe you can and you will.
“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.” ~ Michael Jordan
“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
4. If you put in the work, the results will come.
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” ~ Michael Jordan
5. Play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” ~ 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.”
6. Live the moment for the moment.
“Live the moment for the moment” ~ Michael Jordan
7. Learning ‘s a gift.
“Learning ‘s a gift, even when pain is your teacher!” ~ Michael Jordan
8. There are no shortcuts in life.
“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan
9. Pour your love into all that you do.
“Heart is what separates the good from the great.” ~ Michael Jordan
10. Be true to the game of life, and life will be true to you.
“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 about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”
11. Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” ~ Michael Jordan
12. Follow Your Intuition.
“Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.” ~ Michael Jordan
13. Turn your perceived weakness into a strength.
“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.”
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
14. If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never give up!
“If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!” ― Michael Jordan
15. The key to success is failure.
“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” ~ 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 that is why I succeed.”
“I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time.”
16. The best come from the worst.
“The best come from the worst” ― 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.”
17. Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!
“What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!”
18. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.
“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 rise.”
19. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~ Michael Jordan
20. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.
“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.”
21. Give up living your life according to other people’s expectations.
“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 everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.”
“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
22. Let go of labels.
“I realize I’m black, but I’d like to be viewed as a person, and that is everybody’s wish.”
23. Success isn’t something you chase.
“Success isn’t something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it.”
Do you have a favorite quote from Michael Jordan? If you do, I would love to know what that is. You can share it in the comment section below 🙂