80 amazing quotes by Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, one of the most famous athletes in the history was once thought to be merely average in terms of sports aptitude. He was rejected several times because of his relatively short height.

However, failures never stopped the very competitive Michael Jordan from succeeding in his career.

Here are 80 amazing quotes by Michael Jordan:

1. “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

2. “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.” – Michael Jordan

3. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

4.”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.” – Michael Jordan

5. “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.” – Michael Jordan

6. “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

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

8. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

9. “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

10.”Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan

11.”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 for basketball.” – Michael Jordan

12. “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.” – Michael Jordan

13. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan

14. “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.” – Michael Jordan

15. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

16. “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.” – Michael Jordan

17. “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.” – Michael Jordan

18. “I’ve never been afraid to fail.” – Michael Jordan

19. “There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.” – Michael Jordan

20.”Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

21. “There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.” – Michael Jordan

22. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

23. “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan

24. “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. – Michael Jordan

25.”I want to play for years.” – Michael JordanMichael Jordan

26. “I’m not a Twitterer, I’m not a twerker, I’m not a Facebooker, I’m not nothing. I’m old school.” – Michael Jordan

27. “It’s a 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 and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.” – Michael Jordan

28.”I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.” – Michael Jordan

29. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

30. “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” – Michael Jordan

31. “My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.” – Michael Jordan

32. “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.” – Michael Jordan

33. “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” – Michael Jordan

34. “I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.” – Michael Jordan

35. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” – Michael Jordan

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

37. “Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.” – Michael Jordan

38. “Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.” – Michael Jordan

39. “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.” – Michael Jordan

40. “In reality, I never want to grow up.” – Michael Jordan

41. “It’s a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.” – Michael Jordan

42. “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 about life, to create a world apart from basketball.” – Michael Jordan

43. “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.” – Michael Jordan

44. “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.” – Michael Jordan

45. “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.” – Michael Jordan

46. “It is nerve-wracking watching my kids’ games.” – Michael Jordan

47. “In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.” – Michael Jordan

48. “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.” – Michael Jordan

49. “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 mirror and say maybe I’m not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization.” – Michael Jordan

50. “I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.” – Michael Jordan

51. “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.” – Michael Jordan

52. “Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.” – Michael Jordan

53. “Winning isn’t always championships.” – Michael Jordan

54. “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.” – Michael Jordan

55. “I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.” – Michael Jordan

56. “We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.” – Michael Jordan

57. “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.” – Michael Jordan

58. “I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.” – Michael Jordan

59. “Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.” – Michael Jordan

60. “My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.” – Michael Jordan

61. “Playing sick. That is so hard to do. It has to be a total mental challenge, as well as the physical challenge.” – Michael Jordan

62. “Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.” – Michael Jordan

63. “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.” – Michael Jordan

64. “I’m patient.” – Michael Jordan

65. “I never thought a role model should be negative.” – Michael Jordan

66. “I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.” – Michael Jordan

67. “I’ve had tendinitis since college.” – Michael Jordan

68. “It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.” – Michael Jordan

69. “It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.” – Michael Jordan

70.”One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

71. “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” – Michael Jordan

72. “The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.” – Michael Jordan

73. “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.” – Michael Jordan

74. “Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game. ” – Michael Jordan

75. “I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.” – Michael Jordan

76. “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.” – Michael Jordan

77. “I like control.” – Michael Jordan

78. “There’s only one Michael Jordan.” – Michael Jordan

79. “I know the signs of scaredness.” – Michael Jordan

80.”I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan


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