I’m pretty sure you’re thinking what in the world is she talking about with this title? Well let’s jump right in.
Last week I was able to visit the United Center and check out the famous Michael Jordan statue.
This statue captures one of many classic Michael Jordan moves. He literally elevates over the necks and heads of his competitors as he goes hard to the basket.
If you’ve ever seen MJ in action you know just how incredible his on-court skills were.
But what made MJ so freaking impressive, and for me what this statue represents, is his unrelenting determination to succeed and his passion for the game.
Many people would say (and I am one of those people) that MJ’s level of passion and determination are hardly matched by most professional athletes.
Clearly Jordan had a will to win, but his love of the game and his skill mastery is ridiculous!
Many people know about the Nike tennis shoes, Hanes, McDonalds, Ball Park Franks, and Coca Cola endorsements (and there were a ton more)–and all the money he’s made from them, his contracts, championships, and other ventures. But none of this was handed to him, he had to work…HARD.
Many people don’t know that as a sophomore in high school he tried out for the varsity team and was cut.
Not to be deterred, Jordan dominated as a junior varsity player that year racking up 40+ points per game.
He trained hard and as a junior and senior he played on varsity, and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team.
Now this blog post is not intended to be a biography on Jordan (though who wouldn’t enjoy reading that?!) but its important to understand that a man whose name has become synonymous with winning had to put in work to get there.
Jordan’s determination carried him through his collegiate years and into an extremely successful and lucrative professional basketball career. He experienced challenges on the court as well as in his personal life (infidelity, bouts with gambling, high-profile divorce, the murder of his father, etc.).
But MJ continued to thrive. He’s built an empire off the sweat of his back, long hours in the gym, training center, and studying game film.
Many of us have the desire to achieve success in our lives. Some of us want the nice homes, fancy cars, fat bank accounts, possibly even the fame. But what are we really willing to do to get them?
What sacrifices are we willing to make?
How many extra hours are we willing to put in the work?
Are we committed to learning and mastering our crafts?
Are we dedicated to the lifestyle (and all that it comes with) that we desire to live?
So I ask you to consider what it is you really want out of this life. Then be really clear about what you are willing to do to create that life.
Are you ready?
It’s time to stop fooling around, stop wishing and dreaming. It’s time to take action.
Here’s a picture of me and my birthday twin Michael Jordan at the United Center in Chicago! 🙂
After years as an avid basketball fan, attending games, being a Jordan admirer (in a completely appropriate way lol), purchasing many pairs of tennis shoes, and now teaching my two sons who exactly Michael Jordan is— I was thrilled to be there and experience this moment.
What is so cool is that I’ve made the decisions that allow me to build this lifestyle, one memorable experience at a time. #Grateful #Inspired
Have you begun designing your life? What are you waiting on?