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Weekend Quote(s): From Michael Jordan?!?

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Believe me, I’m as surprised as you may be that I’m about to quote famed Basketball player Michael Jordan. I’m not the biggest fan of him or basketball but I happen to stumble across two of his quotes this past week and both struck a chord with me.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

I thought that one was fitting after last weekend’s quote, I Wish.

The second one is by far my favorite.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

I think sometimes we look at successful people, no matter the “success”–weight loss, financially, career, relationships–and think, “it must been SO easy for them”. I mean Michael Jordan must have just been born good, right? He didn’t have to work for his success he just woke up one day a famous athlete. We focus on his amazing success not really looking at all the failures he made while working hard to reach that level of excellence.

Yet the opposite is true when we turn that focus on ourselves, isn’t it? How many times have you let a failure or set back hold you back?

Let’s start giving ourselves the same respect and admiration that we give “successful” people. Let’s start focusing and celebrating our achievements and accept that there will always be setbacks along the way. It’s those setbacks that we must overcome that allow us to succeed.

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    June 26, 2010

    What a great way to look at success, and I think I have absorbed it without analysing it. I haven’t let a gain make me quit or eat I have taken it in stride, and I guess that is leading me to success, not allowing small setbacks to become failures but learning experiences on the way to my next success. Thanks for the quotes Roni.

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    June 26, 2010

    I love the second one. That’s the point I’ve gotten to in my Weight Loss so I didn’t freak out when I gained some weight back. I’m keeping it up and losing the weight again.


    June 26, 2010

    Oh, I like ’em both. Thanks for bringing them to the light. BTW, love your new “do.”


    June 26, 2010

    This is a GREAT reminder! Success isn’t the absence of failure; it’s continuing to try and never giving up even in the face of all the little mistakes/failures along the way. Thanks for sharing!

    michelle in ca

    June 26, 2010

    what a great post Roni! I am bookmarking this one :-)


    June 27, 2010

    Such a great post. Hope lots of people get to read it. Because this yo-yo dieting has so much to do to with this topic. Fail once, then you might as well fail the whole week. It’s the notion of that you have to be perfect every single SECOND of your life or you better go pig out. And when it doesn’t happen (that will never happen) people lose the determination and fall of the wagon.
    I like to think of those trucks that transports cars. You know, the kind of truck with a huge two-stores on the back, 4 cars on each store. Either car is the wagon. Even if you fall from it, you are still in the truck and travelling the highway! If you get my point… and understand my poor english, you won an internet =)


    June 27, 2010

    I got your point Reinaldo, and Roni’s too! Thanks.


    June 27, 2010

    The leading lifetime batting average in baseball is held by Ty Cobb. He batted 0.366. That means he did not get a hit nearly 2 out of 3 times at bat…and he holds the record. Now, I do not feel so bad when I do not succeed 2/3 of the time! (


    June 27, 2010

    What a great sentiment, Roni. Thanks for sharing it and for putting into perspective. It reminds me a little of my own philosophy regarding success. To continue the basketball analogy, the more shots you take, the more shots you make — but you don’t need to make them all, and you’ll learn more from the ones you miss.

    Barry Hughes

    June 27, 2010

    I needed that motivation right at this moment. Thanks – Who would have thought he would have anything to say?


    June 27, 2010

    Great quote find! What a great way to show how success also has let downs. Thanks for sharing.

    I am stealing this.


    June 28, 2010

    I think he also failed to make the cut for his high school basketball team. It was tenacity that led to his success. I love that word, tenacity. Great quotes, thanks for sharing them, Roni!


    June 28, 2010

    I love that 2nd quote. I have it on a poster up in my office.