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Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in North Carolina. He tried out early for his school's basketball team as a sophomore but was not accepted because he was too short at 5’11”. He did play for the Junior Varsity team and became a star player that year with many 40 point games. He moved up to Varsity and played consistently earning a nomination to the All-American Team for a triple-double in stats. Jordan or MJ as he came to be known played for North Carolina University and was named Freshman of the Year. He played three years of college basketball and was selected to the NCAA All-American First Team two times. He entered the NBA draft in 1984 and was picked up by the Chicago Bulls. MJ’s NBA career started off well with him averaging 28.2 ppg and becoming very popular with fans. His second season was cut short when he broke his foot and missed many games but he came back and matched the all-time scoring record for a season with 3,000 points. He continued playing with The Bulls and they began regularly getting into the playoffs and finally won in the 1990-1991 season. They continued dominating and won three consecutive titles. He retired from basketball in 1993 when his father was killed and tried a stint in baseball. However, he returned to basketball two years later and the Bulls again dominated with a three-peat. He retired and then returned again to play for the Washington Wizards. Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal teams and after his third retirement worked briefly for Washington before becoming part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!
Michael Jordan

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.
Michael Jordan

My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn't stand the sideline.
Michael Jordan

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
Michael Jordan

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Michael Jordan

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

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment
and peace.
Michael Jordan

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

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Michael Jordan

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

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
Michael Jordan

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Michael Jordan

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

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

My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.
Michael Jordan

What is love? Love is playing every game as if it's your last.
Michael Jordan

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will
change the outcome.
Michael Jordan

There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?
Michael Jordan

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

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

I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to
sweat.
Michael Jordan

One day you might look up and see me playing the game at fifty. Oh, don't laugh, don't laugh.
Never say never. Because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
Michael Jordan

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

Many people have God-given talent, and I'm certainly one of them. But what has set me apart
throughout my entire life is that you'll never find anyone more competitive than I am. I will not
settle for second in anything.
Michael Jordan

I visualized where I wanted to be, what kind of player I wanted to become. I knew exactly
where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.
Michael Jordan