Thursday, April 21, 2011
I CAN'T ACCEPT NOT TRYING
MICHAEL JORDAN: I CAN'T ACCEPT NOT TRYING
I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. Why? Because when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
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. I don’t believe you can achieve anything by being passive. I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it’s an illusion to me.
That’s why my advice has always been to “think positive” and find fuel in any failure. Sometimes failure actually just gets you closer to where you want to be.
I think fear sometimes comes from a lack of focus or concentration especially in sports.
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 don’t do things halfheartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect halfhearted results. That’s why I approached practices the same way I approached games. You can’t turn it on and off like a faucet. I couldn’t dog it during practice and then, when I needed that extra push late in the game, expect it to be there.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
From: "I Can't Accept Not Trying" by Michael Jordan
Posted by Mr. Jordan Stirtz, Mr. Jim Simpson, and Mr. Cole Wills at 11:36 AM