Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, he’s arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. He was a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including winning two Olympic golds, and was twice named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. For more than a decade, he was the face of the NBA.
Let’s take a peek into the mindset of Michael Jordan, the competitor:
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
As Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, would say, Jordan is a prime example of the growth mindset. It’s the mindset that almost every successful athlete who has had long-term success has. It says genetics may determine the starting line, but hard work determines the finish line.
Failure isn’t just accepted; it’s expected. When you stretch yourself past your current limits, failure is inevitable. It spawns growth. You only reach the top and stay at the top by continually improving. Winning isn’t everything. Growing is.