Michael Jordan is back on the spotlight. No, he didn't return to the courts, unfortunately for us. Netflix released a docu-series with revelations made by the player and some amazing and previously unpublished footage about the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 90s that has been causing some stir since.
The nicknames assigned to Jordan are aplenty: Air Jordan, His Highness, Black Jesus, MJ - and GOAT (Greatest of all Time).
What Jordan and his Chicago Bulls accomplished made them one of the best teams ever in the NBA (National Basketball Association). MJ became one of those rare basketball phenomenons, amassing gold medals, championship rings, millionaire sponsorships and a legion of fans that made him an idol and an inspiration.
It's indisputable that he was an outstanding player on the court. But in addition to his natural talent, Jordan distinguished himself by his unusual obsession, his almost pathological drive for victories and titles, something that grew with him since he has a teenager. He's known for saying things like:
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.
Jordan's mindset is that of almost every successful athlete who has had long-term success as he did. Genetics may determine the starting line, but hard work defines the finish line. Failure isn't just accepted; it's expected. When you stretch yourself past your current limits, failure is inevitable. But it spawns growth. You only reach the top and stay there by continually improving. Winning isn't everything. Growing is. That's the main lesson we take from Michael's career. He never gave up, even when he had everything already.
This is the legacy that endures from the one that is almost unanimously acclaimed as the best player in basketball history, with an average of 30+ points per game over 1251 games.
Netflix’s The Last Dance portrays him like he is. If you want to know more about Air Jordan's history, we strongly recommend it!
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