When it comes to spouting quotable inspiration, Michael Jordan might just be the greatest of all time. The 58-year-old basketball legend didn’t just win six NBA championships and make the number 23 famous over the course of his pro career; he’s also had a lot to say about success during his time at the top. And coming from an icon like him, it’s definitely advice worth sharing. Whether you’re afraid of failure or just need to add a little pep to your step, Jordan‘s wise words of encouragement should get you where you want to go. Ready to up your game? Slam dunk your life with these 50 best Michael Jordan quotes.
- "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
- "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."
- "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."
"I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time."
"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."
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
"If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try."
- "Heart is what separates the good from the great."
"Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others."
"The minute you get away from fundamentals–whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation–the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing."