Why failure is Michael Jordan’s greatest asset

I believe that Michael Jordan is the greatest icon, in any sport, to ever live. I admire everything he stands for when it comes to greatness, perseverance and hard-work. Michael Jordan the player, Michael Jordan the brand, and Michael Jordan the name became an iconic figure to look up to on a global scale. He took what he loved- the game of basketball- and turned it into his passion and life. The passion is what prevailed him to become the legend that he is today. But the road to greatness wasn’t a smooth ride for MJ, he went through some pain.

Michael Jordan’s ” Failure” Nike ad.

I love this quote: On the other side of pain is success. No pain anyone goes through is permanent. The tribulations that Michael Jordan went through is the primary reason why he became the greatest. He knew that if he worked through his pain, on the other side would be a reward. My favorite MJ moment is not any of the iconic shots he made against so many teams; the greatest moment, in my opinion, is when he lost to the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons for the last time, and in result of that lost, he cried. After that defeat, something internal happened, something within took over Mike and carried him to another level. The pain was evident with tears dripping down his face, I just know he was saying to himself, “This will be the last time I get beat by the Detroit Pistons.” I can guarantee you that Michael was in the gym the next day after that defeat. He was crafting, molding his game into a spectacle that this world has never seen before. The pain of getting beat by the Pistons was within him. The next year, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls broke through and beat the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons. He would then go on to win his first NBA championship.

MJ played with a chip on his shoulder; it was the only way he knew how to play. All the hurt, all the pain and all the doubt was used by Michael to push him to greatness.

Let’s learn a lesson from Michael Jordan’s story: take all the pain, doubt, and hurt that you are going through, and use it to push you to another level that you never imagined of going.

Michael Jordan’s “Maybe it’s my fault” ad

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But 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- MJ


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