One of the qualities successful people have in common is self-belief. They believe in themselves more than any other person. They have their dogma and believe in it.
Such self-belief and the quest to win in everything made Michael Jordan Basketball the Greatest player of all time.
Michael Jordan’s story is one of the few inspiring stories you could get about self-belief and becoming great in life.
Read this story and learn how Michael beat rejections, becoming a successful athlete and certified businessman.
Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1963. His father was an equipment supervisor and a great lover of sports.
He came from a family of sports. His father loved baseball and would take Michael to watch and play some.
This was how he got a special relationship with his father and developed his interest in sports. Michael Jordan had a brother, Larry, who was a Basketball player.
Michael was known for his competitive nature by his peers in school and at home. Right from his childhood, Michael has loved to win. He sucks at losing. Losing seems to disgust him. He was a bitter loser.
In 1963, Michael’s family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. There, he attended Emsley A. Laney High School. Michael got the first shot of his life in this school.
It was there he showed his strong confidence in Athletics. He played football, basketball, and baseball, which he was very good at right from home.
Michael’s career started when he finally chose basketball. They played together with both his brother and their father. He did this out of love and wanted to follow in his big brother’s steps.
With the desire to be a professional basketball player, Michael realized he needed to step out into the world of basketball.
He tried to join his varsity basketball team. But he got rejected and was ridiculed because of his height. Only Leroy Smith, his friend, made it to the first team as a second-year student that year.
With so much desire to prove himself worthy of being a member of that team, Michael trained vigorously. He’d arrive at the school court as early as the rooster crow.
Michael joined the Junior team to demonstrate his talent. And to prove to the team that he deserves to be on the list.
By the following summer, he had increased his height by about 10cm. He tallied about 40-points in games and got a spot on the school’s roster.
He starred in every match they played. Most people came to watch basketball just to see the talented Jordan. He was magnificent to watch.
Jordan got more than 25 points per game on aggregate over his two final seasons of the high school play.
When he got to senior year, Micheal was selected to play for his school in the 1981 McDonald’s All-American Game and scored 30 more than anyone.
With his challenging and surprising performance, Michael convinced and proved some people wrong about himself.
He was everywhere. From North Carolina to South Carolina. From Duke to Virginia. Michael was everywhere playing basketball. He’s on his way to becoming a successful basketball player.
The University of North Carolina offered him a basketball scholarship in 1981. He took his time well and chose cultural geography as a course.
Michael was awarded the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Freshman Of The Year, for outstanding performance. The award motivated Jordan to succeed.
In 1982, Jordan took the shot of his life. It was a game-winning shot against Georgetown. The Georgetown team was led by Patrick Ewing, who later became Michael’s NBA rival.
Michael could not believe his shot, and he can only describe it as the turning point in his life and his career as a basketball player.
Michael got selected to join the NCAA All-American Team. He performed excellently and was selected again in 1984. It wasn’t any team. It was the first team.
He left North Carolina in 1984 after he won 2 prestigious awards, including Naismith. He had one year left on his calendar before his graduation. But Michael couldn’t lose out on his dream.
So, he left that same year to participate in the NBA draft. He later returned to complete his studies in 1986. He bagged a major in Cultural Geography.
In 1984 at the NBA draft, Jordan was selected by Chicago Bulls. But not as first or second. He was the third draft.
Portland Trail Blazers picked Bowie over Jordan. It wasn’t because Jordan was not good enough, but because they were looking for something else.
Blazers manager Stu Inman clarified that they already have someone with similar skills to Jordan. Even though Drexler was a guard, Stu preferred him to Jordan, a center.
Jordan debuted on October 26, 1984, at the Chicago Bulls stadium, where he scored 16 points.
During his rookie season at the NBA, Jordan caught viewers attention. Not only the viewers but also the fans and sports magazines. He was tagged in a paper, “A Star Is Born.” His fans also endeavor to vote for him as the All-Star starter that season.
The attention that Jordan was getting from the media, and his fans, generated an unsettled atmosphere in the dressing room. The situation was controversial, and it left the players picking sides.
This particular event led to the famous “Freeze Out” on Michael. His teammates ignored him and didn’t pass him the ball.
This was supposed to affect Jordan. But in the end, he did not feel intimated, nor did the event affect his winning mentality. He remained determined and focused. He went on to win the NBA Rookie Player Of The Year award in 1984.
Focused on his career, Jordan went ahead, disregarding incessant mockeries, to create another spectacular performance. It was in an exhibition game organized by Nike in 1985 in Italy.
Michael made a powerful dunk that shattered the opponent’s backboard. His fans and supporters considered that moment a milestone in his career.
As expected by any player or Athlete, injury is one of the player’s greatest enemies. Michael, as an athlete, will not be an exception either.
During the third game of the 1985-1986 season, Michael broke his foot which cost him 64 game loss. The Bulls struggled to play and made it to playoffs without Michael.
Before his injury in the second game, Michael had set an unbreakable record of 62 points by a player in a single game. He was determined to be great. His competitive and winning mentality had brought him far more than he could imagine.
Michael survived the injury, and it was more like a blessing in disguise. He made it to play in the 1986-1987 season.
This season is arguably one of his best seasons. He scored 3,000 points more than anyone in a single season besides Wilt Chamberlain.
He went on to win as many individual titles as he could. He won his first MVP award in the 1987-1988 season.
With the award, and Samuel, the team’s point guard, having a problem controlling the offensiveness of their game, Michael Jordan became frustrated with Doug Collins.
Why would the head coach play him as a defense, a point guard? Michael felt disrespected.
However, even with the frustration and all, Michael Jordan was determined and stayed focused. He won numerous awards.
From his performance, judged by spectators all over the world, Michael was dubbed Basketball’s Greatest Player Of All Time.
-Michael did not wake up to be great overnight. He worked himself out, drafted his journey and followed it with the determination to win.
-Just because someone said you couldn’t do it or you’re not good doesn’t mean you should give up. It’s a sign and motivation that you need to work on yourself.
-Failure is part of the game. You’ll lose countless times. But it matters most when you learn from your loss and go back harder. That’s when you’ll hit success.
-Be persistent in what you believe is ideal for you. Keep proving yourself worthy, as Michael did to his college teammates.
-Repeating and showing up every day made Michael Jordan the Greatest of all time. He’ll show up early as possible. He’d train alone, and with time he became what he is today.
Michael Jordan said;
“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.”
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