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Inspiring quotes from Michael Jordan

Updated on March 9, 2015

NBA and Slam Dunk

What would it be related to when you come across the word NBA or slam dunk?

Michael Jordan? Basketball? Or...

Well, I still remember those days…the peripheral products of NBA, slam dunk…somehow they seemed just that popular…but frankly speaking, I really wonder why…

How my inferiority began...

Because of "undersized", I was not allowed to play basketball...
Because of "undersized", I was not allowed to play basketball...

PE Teacher Refused Me To Play Basketball

Sad to tell you that I am not familiar with the basketball playing…

Well, more appropriately; I don’t know how to play basketball as my PE teacher who labeled me as “undersized” refused me to play the basketball as well as participated in any other sports when I was in my primary four...

I even being drawn out for being the school young inspector which I was supposed to be selected for the results I have successfully achieved...and the whole story of my inferiority began since then...

That’s the reason why the total life before my mid-thirty has never been participated in any sports and exercise until I realized I actually can do it well with my best…and I did realize the truth then that no one could ever label me except myself.

Relying On Quotes

Thanks to all those great quotes from all the wise and determined people every now and then.

In fact, I am quite relying on the quotes during those inferiority periods of mine; I firmly believed that when you could not find someone or anyone to inspire you in your circle of influence, that’s how and when the power of quotes plays its magic.

How Far Do You Know Michael Jordan?

Okay, let's back to Michael Jordan, the main role of this hub...

So, how far do you know Michael Jordan? The basketball legend who has earned numerous MVP awards? The basketball legend who has won six NBA championships?

Well, both are correct. But that’s not all…in addition to his marvelous records in basketball; he is actually an active businessman and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, National Basketball Association (NBA) team.

Frankly, I don’t know him much until his great and well-known personal motivation quotes caught my eyes; the attention was then paid to him so as to inspire up myself...

Great Quotes From Michael Jordan

However, I am not here to share with you his biography but his personal great quotes on motivation, failure, success, life and basketball…hope you enjoy it as much as I do…and of course, the most importantly, inspired by him as much as I do…

Here it goes some of the quotes from him, Michael Jordan.

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  1. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
  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.”
  3. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, and then I will turn that perceived weakness into strength.”
  4. I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of negative results.”
  5. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!”
  8. “Make It Happen”
  9. “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.”
  10. Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.”
  11. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
  12. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.”
  13. “I've never lost a game I just ran out of time.”
  14. “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”
  15. “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.”
  16. “I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.”
  17. “The key to success is failure”
  18. “Failure is acceptable, but not trying is a whole different ball park.”
  19. “The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I’m out there, no one can bother me…”
  20. “Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.”
  21. I never thought a role model should be negative.
  22. I've never been afraid to fail.
  23. If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
  24. Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
  25. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time”
  26. “People ask me if I could fly, I said, “yeah…. for a little while”
  27. “The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.”
  28. “I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it.”
  29. 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.
  30. “Failure makes me work even harder.”
  31. 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 raise.”
  32. “Success isn't something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it.”
  33. Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.
  34. If it turns out that my best wasn't good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.

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Always place yourself in the shooting guard position
Always place yourself in the shooting guard position

Place Yourself In The Shooting Guard Position

These are some of his personal great quotes that I enjoy much, how about you? Any of these inspiration quotes from him inspired you?

Think about this in your writing dreams…place yourself in the shooting guard position as how Michael Jordan did in his basketball competition, always ready, aim and shoot…

Wish you all the best in your writing journey, cheers to your success…

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    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      5 years ago

      Thanks Julio...appreciate much for stopping by and left me your comment, have a nice day!

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 

      5 years ago from Florida, USA

      I agree Michael Jordan mindset is very unique...he has great confident in his abilities, but it doesn't come across as arrogance

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      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      You are most welcome MsDora, glad to have your visiting and comment again, have a great day...

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good quotes, all applicable to us, writers in the "game" of hubbing. Thanks for the inspiration and a tribute to a great player.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Ken...really appreciate and touched to have your support every now and then...have a great day Ken, take care...

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Appreciate your visiting and comment Robert, have a nice day.

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Another great list of quotes that you have compiled. Not a fan of basketball but definitely love MJ. Everybody loves him.

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      Bobby Isenhower 

      6 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Yes he truly is the definition of success :)

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and giving me your sincere comment Robert, collected over 250 MJ cards, looks like you are really a big fan of MJ huh...but it is always blessed to be one of MJ's fan as the motivation and inspiration from him is unbelievably powerful.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      You are most welcome Linda, I can tell your success for you are the one who can't accept not are doing so well on your writing path and I am so blessed to be one of your followers. Thanks for being here to support me always Linda, much appreciated.

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      Bobby Isenhower 

      6 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Ah you forgot to mention my favorite quote of MJ, "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's why i succeed." To me thats the best one :) I have in my Hub about how to be the key to your own success :) MJ was also apart of the Dream Team. I have collected over 250 MJ cards from when I was little. He also was really great baseball player before he made it big in basketball and for those who don't know he didn't make Varsity in basketball his Sophomore year either. He also owns his own shoe brand and restaurant :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      #1 has always been my favorite Michael Jordan quote, but I appreciate all his quotes and him. Thank you for creating this MJ quote tribute, well done!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thanks KBEvolve, first of all...thanks for the following and the fan mail that left, you are right, that's how the mindset of ones makes what's the result...appreciate much for the reading and comment, hope you blessed...

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      Kenneth Brown 

      6 years ago from United States

      I really respect Jordan's mindset. He is a great example of how mindset and peak performance go hand-in-hand.

      All of these quotes illustrate that mindset.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      @ kashmir56 - Thanks for leaving me the uplifting comment Tom. Though short, it made my blessed and take care Tom, cheers!

      @ girishpuri - Thanks Girish, thanks for visiting me here and leaving me your comment, much appreciated...have a great day!

      @ tamron - Glad to have your support here again Tamron, hope you enjoy the quotes...thanks for the comment and sharing once again, do take care and have a nice weekend! Cheers!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      You are welcome Jackie, thanks for being here to support me, have a great day, cheers!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much dear always, I am being encouraged by you from your kind words. You too have a great and wonderful weekend my friend.

    • tamron profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't know Michael Jordan's had quotes. Ya learn something everyday. Lots of great quotes! Share ya

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thank you, so much for this valve treasure, and the fact is, basics would remain the same , forever, voted up.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend thanks for sharing these quotes it was a very interesting read ! Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I know him and his fame but not so his quotes! Sorry, but thanks for making me aware!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If you quit once then it becomes a habit....I firmly believe those words. You have a great collection of quotes from Jordan, and it is sound wisdom indeed. Well done; I enjoyed your own thoughts on this matter.

      Wishing you happiness this weekend and beyond.


    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      6 years ago

      Thank you's my pleasure to share your idol's quotes here, really appreciate your comment and support, have a great day Melanie, cheers!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I am a huge fan of Michael Jordan's quotes. Thanks so much for sharing them all here for us to look at. Great work! :)


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