Since the early 90's, we have watched Michael Jordan dominate the court in more ways than one. He is by far our most favorite player of all time. Why?
Today, many know him by his clothes and his shoes. However, it was Jordan's Gritty nature that made him the greatest of all time. Jordan definitely had G.R.I.T. (Guts, Resilience, Intensity, and Tenacity), and we are convinced it is one of the reasons he was successful on the court.
In this article we share our top three Gritty success secrets we have learned from Air Jordan…
Success Is Sacrifice
"To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate."
Early in MJ's career, many people called him selfish. However, we all know now that all of the hating earlier in his career prepared him to win and win big! You may not be winning championship rings with the Chicago Bulls, but never forget success is sacrifice. See, there will be a sacrifice with your time, and in many cases, your money. But never forget, the things that matter the most should never be at the mercy of things that matter the least. Do the hard and necessary now, then after you win, you can do the fun and easy.
Success Takes A Team
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
This self-made concept is a joke! No one sat in a room by themselves, never interacting with anyone, and became successful. It does not work that way. You can get some things done by yourself, but if you are to become successful, you will need to surround yourself with hungry, dedicated individuals like yourself. Jordan won some games by himself early in his career, but became a champion when surrounded by other great players. Who is on your team?
Success Has No Shortcuts
“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That's truly about the game, and in some ways that's about life too.”
You can’t plant a flower, never water or put it in the sun and expect it to grow. You can’t expect to be successful without putting in the work. Your future more than anything in your life is a product of your effort before this point. Be true to success and success will be true to you. All of us have to be willing to put in the time and energy in the dark in order to be recognized in the light.
Regardless if it was before the championships or after, Jordan repeatedly put the time into his skills which allowed him to be a six-time champion! MJ lived with the G.R.I.T. philosophy. These three secrets by Jordan can be applied to anyone wanting to accomplish anything. Great success takes sacrifice, a team, and no shortcuts. Take these three principles, put them in your life, and you will become a champion of G.R.I.T.!
Which…will make you a champion of your goals!
Which... will make you a champion...like Jordan!
“I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”