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

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

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I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.

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

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Michael Jordan quote They told me I couldn't. Thats why I did

They told me I couldn't. Thats why I did.

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

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

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I never feared about my skills because I put in the work. Work ethic eliminates fear.

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Michael Jordan quote The more you sweat in practice, the less

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle!

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

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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.

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

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Michael Jordan quote If you quit once it becomes a habit. Nev

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.

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You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.

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Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

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

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Michael Jordan quote My attitude is that if you push me towar

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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About Michael Jordan

Quotes 269 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Basketball player
Birthday February 17, 1963

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

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

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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 quote Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you

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.

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

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Michael Jordan quote You must expect great things of yourself

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.

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

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

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Focus like a laser, not a flashlight

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Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.

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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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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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I never feared about my skills because I put in the work.

Work ethic eliminates fear. So if you put forth the work, what are you fearing? You know what you're capable of doing and what you're not.

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

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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 satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

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

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

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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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I'm retired 99.9%. Of course, there always is that .1%.

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

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

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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 in the game, expect it to be there. Very few people get anywhere by taking shortcuts.

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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.

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The reason I became such a successful athlete was my mind was saying that no matter who you put up against me, I am better, I am the best.

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

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

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

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I never thought a role model should be negative.

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

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Earn your leadership every day.

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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 to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

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

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