Michael Jordan provides perspective on success

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Michael Jordan is often looked upon as the picture of success, and rightly so.  Consider just a handful of Jordan’s achievements during his NBA career:

  • NBA Championship: 6 times
  • NBA Most Valuable Player: 5 times
  • NBA Steals Leader: 3 times
  • NBA All-Star: 11 times
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner: 2 times
  • Scored 30 or more points in a game: 672 times
  • Recorded 241 double-doubles
  • Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1991
  • Ranked #1 in Top 75 Players of All-time by SLAM Magazine
  • Ranked #1 in Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century by ESPN

Michael Jordan also holds over 70 NBA records, including,

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  • NBA Record for Most Seasons as Scoring Leader: 10 seasons
  • NBA Record for scoring 30+ points in a regular season game: 561 games
  • NBA Record for highest career scoring average: 30.31

Jordan was an incredibly talented all-around player, defensively as well as offensively.  Yes, he was a scoring machine, but he also holds a number of NBA defensive records, such as:

  • NBA Record for blocked shots by a guard: 893
  • 1st player in NBA history with 100 blocked shots and 200 steals in a single season: 125 blocks, 236 steals

Jordan was successful throughout his NBA career, both as a young rookie and as a seasoned veteran.  He is the only NBA rookie to ever lead his team in 4 statistics as he led the 84-85 Chicago Bulls in scoring with 28.2 points-per-game, 6.5 rebounds per game, 5.9 assists per game and 2.4 steals per game.  In Jordan’s final NBA season, he scored 20+ points 42 times, 30+ points 9 times and 40+ points 3 times.  In fact, Jordan is the only player in NBA history to score more than 40 points in a game at the age of 40 or older.

It might seem that, with all of the success he experienced year after year after year, Jordan is impervious to failure.  Yet he has seen his share of failure.  But here is what kept him going:

Michael Jordan Provides Perspective on Success

What do you think about Jordan’s perspective on success?



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