All of us have dreams. I believe it’s something we’re born with – an innate desire to excel in life – to make something of ourselves. However, somewhere along the road of life, we give up. We believe the lie that says you aren’t good enough, you’ll never make it, that’s impossible, it’s too much work, you can’t do it.
Michael Jordan, in my opinion and the opinion of the NBA, is the greatest basketball player of all time. I remember growing up watching him play for the Chicago Bulls. It was truly astounding seeing him work so well at his craft. The moves he would make and the shots he would take – they blew my mind. I watched as many games as I possibly could when the Chicago Bulls played.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell
His path to success didn’t come easy. During Michael’s sophomore year at Emsley A. Laney High School, he tried out for the varsity basketball team. Due to Michael’s height, or lack thereof, he didn’t make the team. He checked, double-checked, triple-checked the finalized roster, just sure his coach had made a mistake. But he didn’t.
Michael went home that day feeling disappointed and ashamed. So much so that all he could do was cry. Michael recalls his mother telling him “the best thing I could do is prove to the coach that he had made a mistake…and leaving my disappointment behind, I started to improve my performance.”
Over the course of the next year, Michael grew four inches and would later join the varsity basketball team. During his senior year, he averaged 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game. His numbers were unbelievable.
Michael experienced great success at North Carolina and ended up leaving college one year early to enter the 1984 NBA Draft, eventually drafted third overall to the Chicago Bulls.
It wasn’t until 1991 that Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their first ever NBA Finals Championship with Michael on their team. The previous seven years Michael experienced injuries and defeat, at the hands of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. But 1991 became his year.
After all the hard times, long hours, grueling workouts, defeats, setbacks, and failures, Michael Jordan had finally made it.
The Chicago Bulls went on to win five more NBA Finals Championships in the 1990s, with two three-peats, from 1991-1993 and 1995-1998. Jordan became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVP awards during their impressive run from 1991 to 1993.
Michael Jordan’s basketball legacy would take pages to describe. He led the league in scoring 10 seasons (NBA record), won six NBA Finals Championships, six Finals MVP awards, five-time regular-season MVP, and many, many more.
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas
Michael’s story of success shows us just what he said in the above quote; if you want something bad enough, go for it. Don’t give up. Don’t settle. Don’t be stopped by fear of failure. Dream big. Achieve big.
Most importantly, never let someone else or yourself tell you that you aren’t good enough. Believe in yourself and make your dreams a reality.