Some people are synonymous with the sport they play, it's like whenever some person speaks about that sport, images of that particular person are conjured in mind. Take Golf for example, what's the first name you thought of? Tiger Woods right? Tennis? Roger Federer. Cricket? Sachin Tendulkar? Viv Richards? Football? Pele. And what about Basketball?
Chances are the image of a person wearing a red number 23 jersey going by the name of Michael Jordan's image came to your mind. Perhaps the biggest compliment we can give to Michael Jordan is that he wasn't just a player, he was a lifestyle. His mentality, his attitude, his winning was as great as it can get. People aspire the level of greatness Michael has achieved and we at WittyFeed bring you 10 ways, inspired none other by the man himself to channel your inner Jordan and dunk your way to success. Are you ready? Let's ball.
In his legendary commercial, Jordan said
"Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God given gift,
And not something I worked for,
Every single day of my life.
Maybe I destroyed the game.
You just making excuses."
So whatever you think, whatever limits, whatever beliefs you're holding that are holding, they're just excuses! You can do it!
"I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed"
We've all heard the legendary story that Michael was dropped out of his high school basketball team and how he worked hard to make it.
You must take failure as an opportunity to rise, take it as a challenge, let it rage you, pump you and channel that aggression to make it big.
"I set another goal…a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached everything step by step."
Everyone has heard hard-work beats natural talent if talent doesn't work hard and Michael Jordan is a testament to it. His legendary practice sessions, his drills above all his work ethic was second to none.
NBA Finals 1997, game 5, Michael Jordan wakes up to 'flu like symptoms' he couldn't stand or sit properly owing to it but that didn't stop him. In what was a legendary performance he dropped 38 points on Utah Jazz, leading Chicago Bulls to another championship in that series.
Jordan's performance in that game was a prime example of his dedication and his will to win. A will so great that he was ready to battle through pain to satisfy it, something every person should learn from him.
Even before Michael Jordan hit his pomp he wanted to be the greatest player of all time. A time when Magic and Bird were setting impossible standards, Jordan wanted to beat them and become the greatest of all time.
And he did so, he never expected himself to hit his prime he knew that there's always a room for some improvement and he worked hard to achieve it. He dedicated himself to improve him as a player, as a father as a role model and because of it, he's the legendary figure that he is today. So you see, there's always room for improvement.
"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."
Some people want to become CEO's before knowing how to communicate properly, some want to become cum laude caliber students without knowing how to study properly. You see, everything boils down to one thing, how strong fundamentals you got? Fundamentals would be the building blocks for the tower of success and the stronger, the better and the higher the tower will be.
"Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion"
What are the odds that a kid who was dropped out of school's basketball team makes it as the greatest player of all time? Zero but it did happen, didn't it?
One of the main reasons that happened was because Michael never believed in limits. Sure he could be limited to his height or his skills and could've been talked into choosing a different career but did he? NO, he learned what every human being should learn and that is there are no limits if you put in the hard work, the dedication, you too can make it big!
"If you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
Michael Jordan knew that despite his ability and talents, he'd have to rely on Pippen and Rodman to win championships.
As great as talent is, it isn't always enough to get the job done. Sometimes you have to combine many individual talents to create a pool greater than the individual sums. You cannot always achieve what you set out to alone, you'll need a team of people you can trust. It is rightly said if you want to walk faster walk alone but if you want to walk longer, walk together.
Michael Jordan won three championships in a row and then he dropped the bombshell that he wanted to retire from the game of basketball because according to him, he was tired of that same old routine and wanted a change.
Jordan was out for a few years before he came back in 1995 and won three more championships. So you see, Michael Jordan serves as an example to listen to your heart even if it seems mundane. The decision to retire and come back was mundane but it was worth it. So listen to your heart no matter how mundane it's advice sound.
Jordan Loved basketball so much that he called it was like his wife. It demanded loyalty and responsibility and gave back fulfilment and peace. And it's not only with Jordan, Sachin, Federer, Schumacher etc all loved the sport they were part of.
When you love what you do, you want to do it again and again and won't feel tired, the love will transcend above every doubt and every failure and will help you fulfil your life to the maximum.