“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career… I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”Michael Jordan
Picture this: A young Michael Jordan gets cut from his high school basketball team. Most would’ve seen this as a setback, but not Jordan. He used it as fuel for the fire that was already burning within him. Fast forward a decade and he’s the face of the NBA, a four-time gold medalist, and two-time Olympic champion. Then, he does the unthinkable. He leaves basketball at the peak of his career to play baseball—a sport he hadn’t touched since his teenage years.
Why would someone at the pinnacle of his sport risk it all? It comes down to mindset.
Jordan lived by a code:
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”Michael Jordan
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks… Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”Michael Jordan
He was inspired by his college coach, Dean Smith, who said, “If you make the effort to do the best of which you are capable, trying and giving 100%, then you have won.” It was never about the accolades for Jordan; it was about continually pushing his limits and growing, both as an athlete and as a human being.
The Implications For You
Just like Michael Jordan, we all have our ‘baseball moments,’ where taking a risk might result in failure. But it’s showing up and putting in the consistent effort that changes the game.
Consistency Over Talent: Keep showing up, day after day.Obstacles as Stepping Stones: Use challenges to fuel your journey, not to halt it.Growth is the Ultimate Goal: Failing is just a stepping stone to mastering skills.
Mana Motuhake in Action 🤝
The principle of Mana Motuhake underscores the importance of making a simple choice to show-up in achieving collective goals. We don’t have power and control over a lot in life but we do have power and control over whether we show up or not.
The power of showing up and being consistent isn’t just an inspiring story from Michael Jordan’s life; it’s a call to action for all of us. At Rea, we focus on creating an educational journey that equips you with not just technical skills but also the emotional and psychological tools you need for long-term success.
Now, it’s your turn to put these principles into action. Ask yourself, “What is my ‘baseball moment’ that I’ve been avoiding?”
Whether it’s embarking on a new career path, upskilling, or tackling a challenging project, commit to showing up and giving it your all—every single day. Because in the realm of personal and professional growth, consistency isn’t just key; it’s everything. So go ahead, take that step today. How are you going to apply the transformative power of consistency to your life?