55 Encouraging Michael Jordan Quotes

Let’s take a look back at the glorious career of the greatest basketball player of all time with this list of Michael Jordan quotes.

Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963) has been instrumental in the popularity of the NBA worldwide in the 80s up to the 90s. He won multiple Most Valuable Player awards and led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to several NBA championships during that time. MJ played his last game with the Washington Wizards for the 2002-2003 season.

After a very successful basketball career, MJ has been focused on his commercial ventures and a handful of profitable businesses. This includes his own steak house, his ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats and several brand endorsements.

His tenacity and perseverance in all that he undertakes is reflected in the below Michael Jordan quotes. Read on and be inspired in your own pursuits.

I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.

In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.

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The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

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.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

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I want to be the bridge to the next generation.

I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

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My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’

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.

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I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.

I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.

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You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

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.

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

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I’ve never been afraid to fail.

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.

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I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

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I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.

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.

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.

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Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.

When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.

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You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.

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.

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If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

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There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.

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.

When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.

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There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.

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The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.

I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.

In reality, I never want to grow up.

We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.

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I’m not a Twitterer, I’m not a twerker, I’m not a Facebooker, I’m not nothing. I’m old school.

The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.

I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.

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One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.

Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.

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