Michael Jordan is an American businessman and former professional basketball player.

Michael Jordan is a basketball player from the United States who is largely regarded as one of the best all-around players in the game’s history.

He is the majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and 23XI Racing of the NASCAR Cup Series.

We’ve curated a list of some of the best quotes by Michael Jordan for you.


Best Michael Jordan Quotes for Motivation, Inspiration & Confidence

1. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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2. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

3. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

4. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

5. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

6. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

7. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

8. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working on it.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

9. “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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10. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

11. “Make it happen.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

12. “I didn’t come here to be average.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

13. “Focus like a laser, not a flashlight.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

14. “If nobody will help you, do it alone.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

15. “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

16. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

17. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

18. “I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

19. “Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.” ~ (Michael Jordan). 

20. “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

21. “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

22. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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23. “Work ethics eliminates fear.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

24. “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

25. “There is no ‘I’ in “Team” but there is in “Win”.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

26. “If you don’t back it up with performance and hard work, talking doesn’t mean a thing.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

27. “Another day, another opportunity to prove everyone who doubts you wrong.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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28. “I’ve never been afraid to fail.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

29. “Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” ~ (Michael Jordan).

30. “My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

31. “Live the moment for the moment.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

32. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

33. “Earn your leadership every day.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

34. “Being nervous isn’t bad. It just means something important is happening.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

35. “No brain, no gain. Stay in school.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

36. “All I knew is that I NEVER wanted to be AVERAGE.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

37. “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

38. “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

39. “It doesn’t matter if you fall down, it’s whether you get back up.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

40. “You always have to focus in life on what you want to achieve.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

41. “I’m a firm believer in goal setting. Step by step. I can’t see any other way of accomplishing anything.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

42. “Sometimes a winner is just a dreamer who never gave up.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

43. “Anything can happen if you are willing to put in the work and remain open to the possibility. Dreams are realized by effort, determination, passion and staying connected to that sense of who you are.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

44. “The harder I prepare, the luckier I seem to get.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

45. “A coach is someone that sees beyond your limits and guides you to greatness!” ~ (Michael Jordan).

46. “Patience. I will become what I know I am.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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47. “The key to success is failure.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

48. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

49. “If you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

50. “It’s not about the shoes, it’s what you do in them.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

51. “I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and that’s everybody’s wish. I try to be a role model for black kids, white kids, yellow kids, green kids. This is what I felt was good about my personality.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

52. “Authenticity is about being true to who you are, even when everyone around you wants you to be someone else.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

53. “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’” ~ (Michael Jordan).

54. “Heart is what separates the good from the great.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

55. “What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!” ~ (Michael Jordan).

56. “The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

57. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

58. “I am competing with what I am capable of.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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59. “In reality, I never want to grow up.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

60. “If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

61. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

62. “It doesn’t matter if you win as long as you give everything in your heart.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

63. “The best comes from the worst.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

64. “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

65. “People can fly. Some people fly higher than others, that’s all.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

66. “I failed so therefore I succeed.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

67. “I don’t take pictures with N**gas.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

68. “There have been times when I have failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

69. “My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

70. “My advice is to find fuel in failure. Sometimes failure gets you closer to where you want to be.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

71. “Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

72. “Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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73. “Number 45 doesn’t explode like Number 23 used to.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

74. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

75. “The reason I became such a successful athlete was my mind was saying that no matter who you put up against me, I am better, I am the best.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

76. “The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I’m out there, no one can bother me…” ~ (Michael Jordan).

77. “I truly love the game; I wouldn’t be playing if I didn’t love the game. I’m not getting paid astronomical dollars; it’s truly for the love of the game of basketball.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

78. “When I step onto the court, I’m ready to play. If you’re going up against me, you’d better be ready. If you’re not going to compete, I will dominate you.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

79. “It’s not how hard you pushed along the way. It’s having something in you to finish.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

80. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

81. “Once I get the ball, you’re at my mercy. There is nothing you can say or do about it. I own the ball.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

82. “In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

83. “Republicans buy sneakers, too.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

84. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

85. “I took cooking classes when I was younger; girls weren’t interested in me, and I thought I may be alone for the rest of my life.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

Inspiring Michael Jordan Quotes

86. “You remember what you said in 1994 about, ‘I think I can guard you, I can shut you down, I would love to play against you?’ Well, you’re about to get your chance.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

87. “Failure makes me work even harder.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

88. “A leader can’t make excuses. There has to be quality in everything you do. Off the court, on the court, in the classroom.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

89. “It’s better to shoot and miss than to let time run out and wonder what if.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

90. “Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ballpark.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

91. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career…” ~ (Michael Jordan).

92. “If I have something and move forward, it is only my weakness, which I hate and turn into my strength. You are not lost as long as you do not give up!” ~ (Michael Jordan).

93. “I have failed many times, and that’s why I am a success.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

94. “Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

95. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

96. “I missed 9000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, and missed the shot to win the game 26 times.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

97. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

98. “All I wanted to do was to improve, to keep getting better.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

99. “If you love the game, nobody can take that from you.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

100. “Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

101. “Winners don’t just learn the fundamentals, they master them. You have to monitor your fundamentals constantly because the only thing that changes will be your attention to them.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

102. “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

103. “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

104. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

105. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

106. “If you put your mind to doing whatever it is you want to do, good things can happen.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

107. “Success isn’t something you chase. It’s something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it. Most people don’t understand that.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

108. “Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

109. “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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110. “Nothing of value comes without being earned.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

111. “Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

112. “If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

113. “Be optimistic about everything in life.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

114. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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115. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

116. “I’ll quit competing when my heart quits beating.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

117. “Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

118. “A loss is not a failure until you make an excuse.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

119. “Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal. It’s a constant.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

120. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

121. “Being afraid on the court, means you’re not confident of your skills.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

122. “People ask me if I could fly, I said, ‘yeah… for a little while.’” ~ (Michael Jordan).

123. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

124. “I just feel that my competitive drive is far greater than anyone else that I’ve met, and I think that I thrive on that.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

125. “I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

126. “Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

127. “There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?” ~ (Michael Jordan).

128. “You have to be un-compromised in your level of commitment to whatever you are doing, or it can disappear as fast as it appeared. Commitment cannot be compromised by rewards.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

129. “Success doesn’t stop when you get there.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

130. “I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

131. “Each time I step on the basketball court, I never know what will happen. I live for the moment. I play for the moment.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

132. “If I have an agenda or a goal, no one is going to deter me from what I want to do.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

133. “Never think of the consequences of failing for you will always think of a negative result. Think only positive thoughts and your mind will gravitate towards those thoughts!” ~ (Michael Jordan).

134. “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beaten because of lack of effort.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

135. “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

136. “Fundamentals were the most crucial part of my game in the NBA. Everything I did, everything I achieved, can be traced back to the way I approached the fundamentals.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

137. “I’m not afraid to take a step and if I fall, I fall. I pick myself up and move on. If we can all learn one thing in life, it’s don’t be afraid to take on something that you believe you’re capable of achieving.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

138. “Not every flying hero has a cape.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

139. “Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

140. “We’re not winning because of talent. We’re just beating bad teams.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

141. “Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

142. “It’s always been said that when I can’t find a way to do anything, I will find a way to do it.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

143. “If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

144. “I Own the guy guarding me.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

145. “I don’t know about flying, but sometimes it feels like I have these little wings on my feet.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

146. “Basketball isn’t just about the bright lights, packed arenas and highlight reels. Basketball is a way of life. Basketball is a relationship between you and the ball, you and your teammates. If you love the game, nobody can take that from you.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

147. “I never thought a role model should be negative.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

148. “I hate being out there with those garbage men. They don’t get you the ball.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

149. “I’m retired 99.9%. Of course, there always is that .1%.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

150. “I’m sorry to see it end.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

151. “The greatest people that ever lived were also the greatest failures. They just didn’t let those failures affect them like they do most.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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152. “There will be a player greater than me.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

153. “I’ve had tendinitis since college.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

154. “Don’t be like me. Be better than me. That’s the goal.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

155. “Winning isn’t always championships.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

156. “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

157. “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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

159. “I can’t speak for the future. I have no crystal ball.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

160. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

161. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

162. “The players today reflect how much the game has evolved and changed both in style and culture. The game now has a wider appeal to a larger market.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

163. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

164. “You’re an idiot. You’ve screwed up every play we ever ran. You’re too stupid to even remember the plays. We ought to get rid of you.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

165. “The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

166. “Great players never look in the mirror and think I’m a great basketball player. You ask yourself, Am I the best player I can be?” ~ (Michael Jordan).

167. “Drugs have been in the game for a long time. They were there when I was in college, and even in high school. It’s in life. It’s in business. It’s everywhere.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

168. “Confidence allows you to progress in something you’re attempting to accomplish, whether it’s playing basketball or baseball or whether it’s trying to succeed in business.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

169. “I went to a bookstore to try to find a book. The bottom line is, it all comes by trial and error. It was scary and exciting at first you don’t know what to expect. But once you look into your child’s eyes, you forget about that.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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

171. “It’s a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

172. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

173. “I viewed it as a business, but I always viewed it as a game. An opportunity to show my skills, my basketball skills, amongst the best in the world.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

174. “It’s easier for me to get ready for a game on the road because you’re expected to lose when you play away from home. That’s a challenge to right there and that perks my competitive juices.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

175. “I basically expect anything. Isn’t that wild? I used to surprise myself a lot: certain moves, how I’d get out of trouble. But at some point, you accept the talent that you have, you accept your creativity.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

176. “I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

177. “I’d take 12 guys who had a strong passion for the game over 12 guys who don’t respect the game.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

178. “When I play against someone that’s new in the league, I make him respect me. They may have heard about me, but now you get to see me actually in front of you. That drives me.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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

180. “Basketball isn’t my job.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

181. “I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

182. “I want to play for years.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

183. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

184. “Failure I can accept, what I can not accept is not trying.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

185. “I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

186. “It’s probably a twelve-day. He needs two days to wake up.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

187. “Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

188. “I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports anymore.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

189. “Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

190. “The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

191. “I make shoes for white suburban kids, not the poor black kids. That would be like opening a restaurant for people without stomachs.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

192. “If you pass the ball to Bill Cartwright, you’ll never get the ball from me.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

193. “I smoked my first cigar in 1991, when we won the championship. Up to that point, I had never smoked a cigar, never smoked anything.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

194. “My most memorable dunk, that I think about very, very often, is the Patrick Ewing dunk.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

195. “I heave the basketball; I know it sails in a parabola, exhibiting perfect symmetry, which is interrupted by the basket. It’s funny, but it is always interrupted by the basket.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

196. “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.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

197. “It takes a hell of a lot for a man to put up with me. I can be a handful.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

198. “I’ve reached the pinnacle of my career. I just feel that I don’t have anything else to prove.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

199. “I would never play an extra year for money. I play the game because I love it. I just so happen to get paid. If I don’t feel I still enjoy the game, I can care less what a year is worth. I’m not going to play the game just because of money.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

200. “I know the signs of scaredness.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

201. “I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

202. “There’s only one Michael Jordan.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

203. “I’m all about challenges and seeing if I can go out and see if I can achieve something. If at the end of the day I do it, great. If I don’t, I can live with myself.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

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

205. “As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.” ~ (Michael Jordan).

So these are the top Michael Jordan Quotes for Motivation, Inspiration & Confidence.


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