9 Michael Jordan Quotes On Teamwork and Goal Setting

It’s hard to imagine what the NBA would be like today if Michael Jordan had never been a part of it. “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time,” as it states on his biography page on the NBA’s official website. Jordan, himself, might disagree with that statement, but from 1984 to 2003, the athlete received five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team recognitions, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, for which he also received three MVP awards, and was a member of the 1992 United States Men’s Olympic Basketball Team, infamously known as ‘The Dream Team.’ He also holds the NBA record for highest career regular season scoring average and the highest career playoff scoring average.

Despite his enormous success and undeniable talent, Jordan has had his share of disappointments and failures as well. He has counted every game that he lost and every shot that he missed, and he attempted to make a career in baseball following the murder of his father during the 1993-1994 NBA season. His failures, however, have never kept him from continuing to achieve his goal of winning, and he would return to the NBA in 1995 and led the Chicago Bulls to three more NBA championships.

Here are 9 quotes from Michael Jordan to help you set goals for your career and never stop working to achieve them:

1. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

Anything that is worth having is worth struggling to achieve. If you have a goal and a dream, you must be willing to go the extra mile to achieve it, and if you give everyday your best and never give up, you will succeed.

2. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

If you don’t have a goal to reach for, you cannot expect to improve yourself. Having goals gives you perspective and allows you to determine where you want to be and what you want to do with your life. Anything is possible, you just have to put your mind to it and will yourself to achieve it.

3. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan has had his fair share of failures, but if we never fail at anything then we can never grow on either a personal or professional level. You still have the potential to fail even if you put forth your best effort, but you are guaranteed to fail if you never try in the first place.

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

You might have goals that you want to achieve all on your own, but the road to success is filled with unexpected obstacles that even the most talented professional needs assistance with. Learning to work with others and to accept help when you need it helps you learn from your mistakes and better prepare yourself for the road ahead.

5. “I’ve missed more than 9000 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.”

Even the most skilled professional has had their fair share of losing. From Frank Sinatra, to Steve Jobs, to Michael Jordan, everybody fails time and time again before they succeed. This teaches you resilience and gives you the determination to persevere in your attempts to achieve your goals.

6. “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.”

Overcoming challenges and obstacles is just a part of becoming successful. Obstacles teach us how to problem solve and persevere in our effort to achieve success, not simply give up when something seems “too hard.” Remember, “Do, or do not; there is no try!”

7. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.”

Failing to achieve every single victory, whether it is a basketball game, a job interview, or a sales pitch, is just another stepping stone on the way to success. The end justifies the means, and if you give every effort your best, you will come out successful in the end.

8. “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.”

Your journey to success will be filled with victories and failures, so it is important that you never lose site of your end goal. If you do not put your best effort forth every time, then you can never expect to be successful.

9. “I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.”

Having a positive attitude is the key to helping you persevere to achieve your goals. You must always stay optimistic, even in the face of failure. Letting your attitude become negative will only hinder you from attempting to achieve your goals. Remember to always keep your end goal in mind, and have a daily plan of action on how you can keep working to achieve it.