The one thing I learned from Michael Jordan

Having role models is a great way grow! Before we start to learn something new, before we decide to be something, we need a person to ignite the idea. For example, you see a comedy show and you think to yourself: “I can do that!”. Such moments are gifts. In these moments you decide to grow, to get better and to be more. Thanks to a role model. As you progress with your new skill, you will struggle to master it. And once again a role model helps you. It gives you a picture where you want to go, what you want to do, who you want to be. The role model gives you a goal and motivates you along the way. You ask yourself some questions: “How would X do this?”, “Why did X this?”, “What made X so successful?”, “How is X training?” You find the answers to such questions and copy or steal from your role model.

I truly believe in this concept and know from experience how powerful it is. That is, why I’m starting a new article series called: “The one thing I learned from X”. I will write about the one key thing I learned from one of my role models.

I learned from Michale Jordan, that failure is a big part of success.

“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 can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

Those quotes from him perfectly summarize this idea. But as all good role models he lives up to his ideas and beliefs. In high school he tried to make it into the basketball team but failed. He didn’t give up! He trained and made it next year. If you look at his whole carrier, you will see that his failures led to success. At the end of his basketball carrier he was without argument the greatest basketball player of all time. Giving me and million others motivation to start and continue playing basketball.

Every time we fail we have to make a choice. Continue or give up. Failure should never be a reason to give up!

Failure is a big part of success!

Thank your for this insight Mike.

Call on Action:

  • Think about who your role models are!

  • Watch a documentary about Mike or read his biography!

  • Think about the time when you first failed but then succeeded!

  • Look at failure as a part of success!

Your man,

Gaius Wolf



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