How Michael Jordan’s Mindset Made Him A Great Player

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. He is a spectacular sportsman with a rare blend of essential robustness, charm, tempo, authority, brilliance, mental focus, and insatiable competitive willingness and has single-handedly redefined the NBA. He is the perfect example of a strong and willing mindset. In this blog let’s learn more about his life and achievements!

Michael Jordan’s Topmost Achievements

A concise list of Michael Jordan’s  topmost achievements would hold the following:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • Five-time NBA MVP
  • Six-time NBA champion
  • Six-time NBA Finals MVP
  • Ten-time All-NBA First Team
  • Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • 14-time NBA All-Star
  • Three-time NBA All-Star MVP
  • 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Ten scoring titles — an NBA record and seven consecutive matching Wilt Chamberlain
  • Retired with the NBA’s highest-scoring average of 30.1ppg; Hall of Fame inductee.

However, his influence is far more significant than the accolades and league titles. He tumbled into the league as a redshirt freshman sensation. He scored in a series of unmatched first steps and acrobatic drives and dunks, concluding his professional life as a social emblem. Along the way, he had become a real winner who pioneered the globalization of the NBA with his versatile on-court characteristics and professional sense of style. While it’s apparent that Jordan is a naturally gifted sportsman, much of what has made him triumphant is his mindset. Here in this blog, we explore lessons worth learning from Michael Jordan. 

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” 

Failure Is The New Definition Of Success

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Jordan taught us that failure is not the end of your journey; rather, it is the beginning of a new chapter and the reason for your upcoming success. Unlike every person who failed and gave up on themselves, Jordan learned from his mistakes and moved forward with the utmost determination to perform better. Not only did he believe in himself, but he proceeded forward with perseverance. Michael Jordan put in what he had and proved himself not by words but with actions and the results.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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.” 

Teamwork Multiplies Success

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As a member of his team, Michael Jordan showed us through some of the most remarkable games played by him where he scored well, how to keep together as a single unit. Jordan is the prime example that perseverance and hard work put together leads to success. Teamwork is all about filling each other’s weaknesses and flaws and the ability to work together toward a common vision.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

Strengthening Your Fundamentals

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Another important lesson taught by Micheal Jordan is that it is of utmost importance to identify your core fundamentals and focus on being great at them. This is so because knowing the edge of your competency is essential to improve yourself. If you know your strengths and weaknesses, you will know where to put in more hard work and where putting in more practise will lead to perfection. The ability to discover and advance your capabilities is the key to professional and personal competency. It is essential for being successful and being a better version of yourself.

“You can practice shooting 8 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 rise.”

Playing To Win

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Michael Jordan showed us that you must play a game in a competitive, enthusiastic way if you want to play a game. It would be best if you played your game in such a way that it converges intently on winning. Winning is validation that the game has been played the right way and that the training, hard work and patience paid off. 

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” 

Becoming Who You Are Meant To Be

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Last but not the least Michael Jordan taught us that if we out in more time in the present rather than anguishing or feeling frustrated over history or what happened in the past, we would be able to put our best foot forward. Jordan said that fretting or agonizing about tomorrow or being anxious about what the future holds; we will waste our energy and not use it the right way. He taught us to identify the infinite capabilities and the endless opportunities await us when we start believing in ourselves.

“Look me in the eye. It’s okay if you’re scared. So am I. But we are scared for different reasons. I am scared of what I won’t become. And you are scared of what I could become. Look at me. I won’t let myself end where I started. I won’t let myself finish where I began. I know what is within me, even if you can’t see it yet. Look me in the eyes. I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am.” 

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Michael Jordan was not born with a special talent; he refined his instincts and bent of mind to transform every incompetence he had to achieve what he wanted to.  Micheal Jordan apprehended that we, as individuals, are the only ones defining our magnanimity. He inspired us to learn from our mistakes, sculpt our strategy, be more beneficial and thankful than we were yesterday, and don’t let a setback define us as a person. We at Leverage Edu bow our heads to such an exhilarating personality who inspires thousands of dreams. Stay tuned with us for more such enlivening inspirations! Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Quora.

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