77 motivating Michael Jordan Quotes

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A former American basketball player, Michael Jordan is considered as one of the best basketball players ever. He shields the sport’s platform from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.

He was born on February 17, 1963, in New York but grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. In this phase, he was able to develop a competitive superiority at an early age.

He used to have an eager interest in winning every game he linked with. The same character helps achieve six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships and the Most Valuable Player Award five times.

His life spent living with a very supportive and stable family. His father was the one who familiarized him with baseball and also decorated their backyard by constructing a basketball court there. But this supporting hand was murdered in 1993.

Despite various ups and downs, he remains a champion in the heart of his millions of fans. His motivating quotes are always ready to pull towards the path of success.

Michael Jordan Quotes on Confidence
Michael Jordan Quotes on Confidence

And here are some of the Michael Jordan quotes or sayings.

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

“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.”

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

“I love to hit people. I love to.”

“I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.”

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.”

“Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.”


“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands works.”

“You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.”

“The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.”

“I’ve never wanted to be like anybody. That’s something that my dad taught me growing up: ‘Never want to be like someone; be the next you.’ But I am a fan of the game, I’m a fan of the position, and I watch everyone.”

“Achievements on the golf course are not what matters. Decency and honesty are what matter.”

“I could never be a manager. All I have is a natural ability.”

“There is definitely an addiction to money that I have.”

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

“You have got to shoot, otherwise you can’t score.”

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

“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.”

“There is no ‘i’ in the team but there is in the win.”

Michael Jordan Quotes on goals
Michael Jordan Quotes on goals

“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

“There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.”

“I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.”

“When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.”

“I’m patient.”

“I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.”

“I like control.”

“For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.”

“I know the signs of scaredness.”

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

“Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.”

“I want to be the bridge to the next generation.”

“Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.”

“Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.”

“In reality, I never want to grow up.”

“I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.”

“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.”

“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.”

“You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.”

“When I was playing before I retired, I never really understood the appreciation and the respect that people gave me. People had treated me like a god or something, and that was very embarrassing.”

“I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.”

“It is nerve-wracking watching my kids’ games.”

“It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.”

“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.”

“In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.”

“I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.”

“Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.”

“It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.”

“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”

“When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.”

“Winning isn’t always championships.”

“I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.”

“I’m not a Twitterer, I’m not a twerker, I’m not a Facebooker, I’m not nothing. I’m old school.”

“I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don’t know.”

“We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.”

“My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.”

“It’s a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.”

“One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

“I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.”

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.”

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

“My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.”

“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

“There’s only one Michael Jordan.”

Former NBA Champion, Michael Jordan
Former NBA Champion, Michael Jordan

“How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.”

“I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.”

“It’s a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.”

“In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.”

“I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.”

“Ultimately, if you can say that I’m a bad owner and we’re winning championships, I can live with that. But if we’re not making the playoffs and we’re spending and losing money, then I have to look in the mirror and say maybe I’m not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization.”

“Playing sick. That is so hard to do. It has to be a total mental challenge, as well as the physical challenge.”

“I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.”

“I want to play for years.”

“Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.”


Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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