Success story of Michael Jordan

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why do successful people become successful

The reason i keep telling such stories is to let you figure out that almost all successful people became successful for the same reasons. Yes the approach might differ and circumstances they find themselves in might not be the same but in the end its the same success oriented mentality that always leads to success.

Many people think that success requires a certain level of IQ, lots of money or a high degree and while those factors can help a lot they are still not the most important ones.

If you ever heard about basketball then you must have heard of the legend Micheal Jordan. Here are two lines about him copies from Wikipedia:

"His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."

So what made Micheal Jordan that successful?
Well the best person that can answer that question is Michael Jordan himself!

Why did Micheal Jordan become successful

That's one very famous quote by Michael Jordan:

"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."

Lets analyze this quote together. Michael Jordan failed so many but he kept going. The man wasn't a magician who never misses a shot but he was a talented player who developed has talent as a result of hours and hours of training. (see also Do i have to be talented in order to succeed)

He missed so many shots but he kept going because he was so passionate about basketball that he stood up every time he failed. He didn't win every match but he knew that failures are an ordinary step towards success and this is why he never gave up.

In other words had Jordan wasn't extremely persistent he would have given up after losing few times or missing few hundred shots and he would have then became an ordinary person.

How to succeed in life the Michael Jordan way

So what are the lessons we can learn from Michael Jordan's story?

  • 1) Find your passion: In my book From 0 to 1 million dollars i said that it would be extremely hard for you to keep failing and trying again if u didn't have enough passion. Passion is the force that will help you rise up and move forward each time you fail. If you don't have passion for what you do then the possibility of giving up will be so high
  • 2) Keep trying even if you are failing: Jordan failed so many times but each time he failed he learned something that helped him in the next attempt. This is what he meant when he said that his failures are the reason he became successful.
  • 3) Never gave up: The no1 reason people don't become successful in life is that they give up before they make it. If you kept going forward no matter what then one day you will make it

If this is not the first success story your read then am sure you noticed that the same factors were present in other stories as well. Its always about trying and trying until you get what you want in life.

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