What We Can Learn From Michael Jordan: Hard work & Failure


Michael-JordanI am much more a football kind of guy than basketball. But that is really neither here nor there.

Regardless of my preferred sport, it would be difficult to argue that Michael Jordan wasn’t the greatest to ever step on a court (yeah yeah, Kobe this, LeBron that. Bird, maybe…). But Jordan wouldn’t have been Jordan without a lot of hard work, dedication and yes, failure.

Below are two short videos featuring MJ. Take a minute and a half to watch them.

What do these have to do with real estate?


Heck, they’ve got everything to do with life.

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Jay Thompson

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  1. You struck a chord with me with me. Jordan was simply the greatest basketball player ever to walk the planet, and as much as we'd like to think it was easy for him & all a result of natural talent, that's simply not the way life works. Greatness does not come easy — for anyone. I just finished Andre Agassi's new book and it again reminded me of the power of hard work and failure.

    I actually wrote a very similar post with the first Jordan commercial you embedded back in 2008 – I think it's my all time favorite commercial – http://www.drewmeyersinsights.com/2008/04/22/beco

  2. Behind every successfully person is a lot of hard work and dedication. Never liked Jordan growing up but hard not to respect his skills, work ethic, and persistence. Everyone wants to talk about how great these guys are, like they were born that way, but it is the hours they put in practicing their skills that sets them apart from the rest. Plain ole hard work.

  3. Great one Jay! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jay, you’re such a failure ;).

  5. Beth I. Skinner via Facebook says:

    Those are AWESOME.

  6. LOVE IT

  7. Thanks for bringing this back out, it's a classic. Jordan was the best and it is beneficial to us all to remember how he got there.
    My recent post Liberty Township- Ohio Real Estate- Home For Sale Welbourne Farms

  8. J. Philip Faranda says:

    Jordan's talent made him special, his hard work made him Michael Jordan. What a lesson for us all.
    My recent post Westchester Fixer Uppers for Sale

  9. those video are rocks!!!
    failure and success separated by a thin line…
    so, keep on hard work and focus…

  10. woohoo…
    i love MJ and his work ethic…

  11. Good analogy and yes, real estate agents need to work hard for their customers. With more buyers looking to the web to begin their real estate search, brokerages have to offer the best platform to attract these buyers and provide a robust offering to their associates. Thanks.
    Paul Stern http://www.WhyWebPro.com and http://www.WebPro-Realty.com
    My recent post The Top 10 Reasons Associates Move To WebPro Realty

  12. Thanks for these clips! I gotta admit, I'm not a sports fan, but everytime I see a story that focuses on the triumph of the human spirit, it always makes me choke up. The best people in their field aren't great because of happenstance, they are who they are because they never stopped trying to improve themselves, and they never let anyone tell them they're not good enough for their field.
    My recent post Five Reasons Why!

  13. Movoto Real Estate says:

    gotta love a truly great commercial like this .. . . . .. and you're so right, it applies to EVERYTHING.

  14. So awesome! Jordan was the man, been a huge fan of him my whole life. I love those stats: over 9,000 missed shots, lost over 300 games, and missed about 30 last second shots. Even more impressive than his hard work is his fearlessness. It takes a true champion to always be willing to face possible failure and take that last shot. Jumpman.
    My recent post Camelot Farms

  15. MJ and his work ethic are known for one of the best in the world…
    we should take the same steps in our own fields…
    then the victory will appear…

  16. i agree with your post…
    MJ's is one of the best work ethic.
    every person should take his as an example…

  17. Two of my favorite all time videos right there. MJ is a true legend.

  18. Reminds me of the saying "The harder I work, the luckier I get".
    My recent post New Desert Mountain Homes

  19. I think it comes down to if you are able to find exactly what you want, shopping at any time of the year is fine.  There are a lot of opportunities right now and honestly what it comes down to is when you need to be in the home and have the keys.  Yes the holidays are a little bit slower to possibly get a jump on other buyers, however if you are organized and using the right real estate agent who is hyper competitive and efficient, it is about looking until you find the home that suits your lifestyle and that you really love and can afford.
    My recent post Downtown Phoenix Development Now on the Market


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