"It would be easy to say that Jordan has been a one–man industry, but he′s really more like a utility, a piece of the national infrastructure, every bit as important as the storm sewers or the power grid. That is a reminder that things that people take for granted–Ma Bell, the Soviet Union, Michael Jordan on Sunday afternoons–can disappear suddenly." – Washington Post
Possibly the most recognized celebrity on the planet today, definitely one of the greatest sports figures who ever lived, and, by far, the most effective product endorser in the history of business, Michael "Air" Jordan is the stuff of legend. But it is more than his unrivaled skill in basketball or his phenomenal success in business that have earned him the love and respect of billions. Whether on the court or the sound stage, Jordan embodies all the qualities that people most admire in a winner and role model: quiet dignity and consummate grace, unfaltering confidence and unselfconscious humility, driving ambition and a noble sense of fair play.
In this book, Janet Lowe, author of the bestselling Warren Buffett Speaks and Oprah Winfrey Speaks, offers us an inspiring look at the man behind the Michael Jordan image. Drawn from hundreds of sources, the quotes gathered together in this book reveal Michael Jordan′s views on everything from sports and winning to love and family, teamwork and individual initiative to morality and the life of the spirit.
Here is just a sample of what you′ll find inside:
"Mental toughness and the heart are a lot stronger than some of the physical advantages that you may have."
"My responsibility has been to play the game of basketball and relieve some of the pressure of everyday life for people who work from 9 to 5, and I′ve tried to do that to the best of my abilities."
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
"I don′t believe in race. I believe in friendship."
"Everything is fun. I played for fun for nine straight years. We happened to win championships."
"I let the game come to me. It′s very important that I don′t go try to make it happen."
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"People can fly. Some fly higher than others, that′s all."
"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."
"My heroes were my parents. I can′t see having anyone else as my heroes."
"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."
". . . This is going to sound wild–but my ultimate dream is to get a pot belly."
JANET LOWE is the author of the bestselling Warren Buffett Speaks, Oprah Winfrey Speaks, Jack Welch Speaks, and Billy Graham Speaks, all available from Wiley. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Lowe lives in Del Mar, California, with her husband, Austin Lynas.