Michael Jordan: I Can’t Accept Not Trying

Michael Jordan on The Pursuit of Excellence

A Book Review by Angel M.

This is a great book.  Michael Jordan talks about the passion of the game of basketball and the dedication and hard work you have to go through to make it to the NBA.

In one part of the book, he says that you shouldn’t be afraid to take the big shot. If you miss it, oh well. If you make it, that’s great, but don’t put yourself down if you miss because you’ve got to deal with it and keep your head up.  Set small goals and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

In another part of the book, he talks about how he did not make the varsity basketball team. After that, he made a small goal and decided that next time tryouts came, he was going to make the varsity team and start. He put in work the whole summer, working on his shot, dribbling and defense, and he never gave up until he became great. Then when tryouts came, he made the varsity basketball team and started.

Mike tells us that you have got to believe in yourself if you want to make it.  It’s okay to accept failure because everyone fails at something, but you shouldn’t accept not trying.


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