Interested? Or Committed? (Part 2)
“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
At first glance, Michael Jordan would not be the one to share lessons on overcoming obstacles. With a national college basketball championship and six NBA championships, overcoming obstacles is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the basketball legend. It may be easy to think he’s had success handed to him without having to overcome obstacles like you or I would. However, take another look at his career.
From Jordan’s own words he has missed more than nine thousand shots in his career. That’s nine thousand times he took a shot he was certain he’d make, and it did not go in. But it does not stop there. Jordan did not win every game he was in. Far from it, he lost close to three hundred games. In fact, he’d been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed it over twenty times.
What kept Jordan pushing forward in the face of these failures? He pushed himself to work harder and get better. He did not let his past failures prevent him from working to achieve the success he was striving for. Missing thousands of shots might be a small obstacle but losing games and missing the game winning shot over twenty times would be enough to set anyone back. But it did not set him back for long.
Failure is just one obstacle that he faced. He also dealt with injury, personal issues, team issues, and many other obstacles that could easily have derailed his journey to championship after championship.
What kept him going is the same thing that can keep you going. In the latest post, you read about the difference between interest and commitment. Michael Jordan was not just interested in succeeding. He was committed to it.
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