He’s an athlete, actor, and entrepreneur.
He’s considered to be one of the greatest, if not the single greatest basketball player of all time.
He’s worth over a billion dollars and his brand grosses over 2.25 billion dollars every year.
He’s Michael Jordan and here are his top 10 rules for success.
Michael Jordan’s Rule
- Keep working hard
- Ignite the fire
- Be different
- Fail your way to success
- Have high expectations
- Be positive
- Be who you were born to be
- Have a vision
- Stop making excuses
Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Rule #1: Keep Working Hard
Every day, the first person there, before the sun, would be Jordan. And he was there because he wasn’t good. He would work with a batting instructor and would work all day long and be the last person to leave every night also. I asked him what it was like for him in the morning and Jordan said “I get up before the sun comes up, “and I make myself some breakfast by myself,” he was down there alone. “And I get in the car “and I’m driving to Spring Training “and there is no one really out on the roads yet. “And I look at the seat next to me, “and I see my dad, “and I talk to him. “I think to myself, “Pops, we’re doing this. “We’re doing this together.” And the day would end and he would say to the batting instructor, “Can we do a little more. “I think I’m getting this. “I think I’m learning this. “I think I’m getting this” And that’s when Sports Illustrated put him on the cover saying that Michael Jordan has embarrassed baseball. And as I would watch him there every night as the sun was going down and the other ball players had left and I would see this guy working to get better. Michael Jordan working to get better. I couldn’t help thinking that if you ever have children, You ought to pray that they grow up someday to embarrass you like this.
Rule #2: Ignite The Fire
I played professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls.
Announcer: 32 seconds to go. A one point lead for Georgetown. Daugherty to Black. The time 18. Shot, Jordan, Michael Jordan!
If I had to trace my evolution, the Michael Jordan evolution, it’d always have to start back in college hitting the shot against Georgetown in 1982 when I really didn’t know exactly what I was doing.
Announcer: North Carolina has won the 1982 NCAA championship.
It awakened a person inside of me to excel, to compete to excel, to be one of the best, or be the best. That drove me. And I guess with that shot it kind of ignited a fire inside of me that nothing was going to stop.
Announcer: Jordan down the middle all the way!
Announcer: Jordan to the hoop!
Announcer: Jordan down the lane all the way!
Announcer: Jordan, who has it on the break, driving all the way in!
Rule #3: Be Different
I wanted to excel my game and isolate my game from everybody else. That I was more than just, a few dimensional. Even when it came to Magic Johnson. I mean, Magic Johnson was a crowd pleaser. He was a good offensive player. He was a great motivator. Average defensive player. I wanted to change that. I wanted to take it another step. I wanted to do all those things that could separate me from Magic Johnson. I’m not saying he wasn’t great. He still is great. But we’re are great in our own different way. And that was motivational for me. And to this day it still is.
Rule #4: Fail Your Way To Success
I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have 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.
Rule #5: Have High Expectations
I never feel that I am at my best. I feel I still have room to improve. I still set goals for myself to strive for. I’m never complacent with what I’ve achieved even though it’s been very successful for me. I still feel I have a lot to prove not just as a player but as a person, as a father, to some extent as a role model, in all aspects. So I’m never really too complacent with myself or with what I’ve achieved. When I get to a point where I feel I can’t improve as a player, I walk away from the game. I still feel that I have a plateau that I haven’t reached yet, in terms of my skills or my expectations of myself. I’m always going to expect myself to do certain things, or surpass certain things. As long as I believe that then my road to success is going to continue to expand.
Rule #6: Be Positive
Sports is a tool that teaches. It teaches you bad things. I can also teach you good things. It’s how you perceive those things. I’ve looked at every experience that I’ve had, negative and positive and taken that as a positive. I wouldn’t change anything because I think it would alter some of the other things that happened. So When I look back, I can’t say that I’ve had any bad things happen. Sure, you don’t want bad things to happen but you deal with bad things. You can’t have good without bad.
Rule #7: Be Who You Were Born To Be
It’s not about the shoes. It’s about knowing where you are going. Not forgetting where you started. It’s about having the courage to fail. Not breaking, when you are broken. Taking everything you’ve been given and making something better. It’s about work before glory, and what’s inside of you. It’s doing what they say you can’t. It’s not about the shoes. It’s about what you do in them. It’s about being who you were born to be.
Rule #8: Have A Vision
You know, we’re all old. And sure, we’re tired, it’s been a long season. But mentally we have a vision, we have a finish that we have to obtain. Sometimes you have to do it when you’re old and you’re tired. I think it is a test of your will to succeed when you have to deal with some of these negatives. And I’m pretty sure by the end of this play-off, you will see the old and the tired people, we’re very, very young and strong mentally.
Rule #9: Stop Making Excuses
Maybe it’s my own fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free-throw line and not in the gym. Maybe I made you think that every shot I took was a game winner. That my game was built on flash and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength, that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a god given gift and not something I worked for every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game. Or maybe you’re just making excuses.
Rule #10: Practice
Announcer: The Bulls can win it right here. The Bulls can win it. Unbelievable! 13 seconds left. Jordan left side.
I practice as if I’m playing in the game so when the moment comes in the game. It’s not new to me. That’s the beauty of the game of basketball. That’s the reason why you practice. That’s the effort. So when you get to that moment, you don’t have to think. Instinctively, things happen.
Announcer: Jordan drives. And fires, yeah! The bulls lead 87-86! Michael Jordan with 45 points.
You know, I think there was a very defining moment of what my career was in Chicago.
Announcer: The Chicago Bulls have won their sixth NBA championship.
Announcer: If that’s the last image of Michael Jordan, how magnificent is it?
Thank you so much for watching. I made this video because Reynado asked me to, so if there is a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I will see what I can do.
I’d also love to know which of Jordan’s top 10 rules you like the most. Let me know in the comments. I’m going to join the discussion. Thank you for watching. Continue to believe and I’ll see you soon.
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