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Michael Jordan: “For the Love of the Game”

April 20, 2020
George Goulas

How many people have managed to be considered top-of-the-job after their retirement? Which ones are the benchmarks for the performance of equally successful and important professionals? How is it that there is no question that you have been and still remain the top of all times? How many people’s names are known at the ends of the world?

An undeniable answer would be Michael Jordan.

His recipe of success had no secrets. It was hard combined physical and mental exercise. His performance each time on the floor made him a legend and created a wave of change in professional American basketball. By interpreting highlights from his successes, I decided to record some main points one could use in his attempt to become the best!

“His Airness”:

Had a great deal of confidence. Perhaps his rich athletic skills and abilities were less than his self-confidence! Thanks to this, he became more receptive to feedback, open to learn from anybody and ready to compromise for a greater purpose than personal vanity.

Failed. He missed more than 9000 shots in his career. He lost almost 300 games. 26 times he trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. He waited 7 years to win his first championship ring. That is why he succeed. For MJ fear of failing became just an illusion. It was the mean to come closer to victories and trophies. He decided to stop thinking what it will happen if he fails. He used his confidence to acquire a more positive attitude and mindset.

Constantly looking for motivation. A person with strong self-confidence is always looking for ways to stay at a high level. He sought motivation in training, in any activity and challenged his teammates to follow him in his high-intensity preparation.

Worked very hard. His motivation was not limited to games. He was looking for them through training. Through daily training. He trained so much that he set an example for his team. He did not allow anyone to challenge his successes.

Evolved and changed. His hard work always helped him find ways to achieve his goals. He would either dunk, or rush like a raging bull in the rim, or score away. He gradually played a tough defense, and he was also established as a top defender. Since he stopped playing basketball, we do not remember him as the best scorer or defender but as the most accomplished player. The best ever played the game. The successes he established began when he realized that he had to leave more field for action to his fellow players and limit his individual domination.

Was a perfect professional. He only missed few games throughout his career, while he remains well-known for his shocking performance in the 1997 finals of the championship where he played despite being ill (the ‘flu game’). He did not hold forces! He would give everything to win in any game, no matter who the opponent was or how critical the game was. No one has ever questioned his fantastic presence on the field every time!

Loved what he did. All the above-listed behaviors had as a starting point but also as an end, his love for the sport. When at a young age he decided that he wanted to become a professional basketball player and dedicated himself entirely to that. It is shocking for those who do not know that in all his NBA contracts and deals there was one term of his own that allowed him to play basketball in whatever way and at any time he wanted alongside the official games. For the love of the game…

How many of us share the same passion for what we do for a living?

*George Goulas is a based in Athens – Greece, Business & Career Coach.

 He provides human-centric Coaching, Training & HR services to people and enterprises.

Connect with him on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgiosgoulas/

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