Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, he's arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time…but was he born this way?
The answer is a resounding no. Did you know Michael Jordan first tried out for his high school basketball team, he didn’t make varsity team?
Jordan channeled his embarrassment and anger of not making the team into motivation during practice:
“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it… that usually got me going again.”
All of Michael Jordan's coaches from his childhood to his adult years speak of an unbelievable work ethic, he simply out-trained everyone else.
The result of hard work and dedicated training? Being one of the best athletes on the planet.
Pick one of your idols, it doesn't matter who it is; Mozart, Steve Jobs, David Beckham, Rich Froning and do some research into their early years and you will see a familiar pattern. Each of these people are a showcase of what hard work and dedication can do.
Sure there is some element of talent there, but without the hours and hours of work they put in their talent would never have been fulfilled. They all had a growth mindset, they believed that if they gave their best efforts then the results would come.
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