59 Michael Jordan Quotes About Winning In Life

Our latest collection of motivational Michael Jordan quotes that will inspire you to reach your highest potential.

Of course, Jordan is known for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but what’s even more respected amongst his peers was his work ethic on and off the court.

Jordan was obsessed with improvement.

He was fully committed to becoming the best he could be in sports and business.

To help you become the best in whatever you pursue, below you’ll find our collection of inspirational, wise, and motivational Michael Jordan quotes and Micheal Jordan sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Enjoy some of our favorite Michael Jordan quotes and gain insight into the mind of an ultimate competitor.

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Michael Jordan Quotes About Winning In Life

1. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes about hard work

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2. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

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3. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

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4. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

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5. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes about positivity

6. “I’ve never been afraid to fail.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes about fear

7. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” – Michael Jordan

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8. “Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes about limits

9. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes about self belief

10. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan

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11. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About weakness

12. “I’ve missed more than 9000 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.” – Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan Quotes About loosing

13. “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About obstacles

14. “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.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About selfishness

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15. “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About competitive enthusiasm

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16. “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About consequences

17. “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About trying

18. “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About putting effort

19. “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.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About being true to the game

20. “You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About high standards

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21. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About effort

22. “I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.” – Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan Quotes About obligations

23. The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game. – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About basketball

24. There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win. – Michael Jordan

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25. There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either. – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About basketball players

26. “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About next generations

27. “In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About investments

28. “Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.”  – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About realizations

29. “I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About talent

30. “I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who loved challenges.” –Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes About challenges

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31. “Live the moment for the moment.” – Michael Jordan

32. “I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.”  – Michael Jordan

33. “When I will lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” – Michael Jordan

34. “Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.” – Michael Jordan

35. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” – Michael Jordan

36. “If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan

37. “All I knew is that I never wanted to be average.” – Michael Jordan

38. “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.” – Michael Jordan

39. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.” – Michael Jordan

40. “Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost.” – Michael Jordan

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41. “When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.” – Michael Jordan

42. “I wasn’t really a work-conscious type of person. I was a player. I loved to play sports.” – Michael Jordan

43. “They don’t need a ticket to watch you sitting on the bench. They can go to your house for that.” – Michael Jordan

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44. “What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!” – Michael Jordan

45. “If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try.” – Michael Jordan

46. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.” – Michael Jordan

47. “My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.” – Michael Jordan

48. “I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time.” – Michael Jordan

49. “Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.” – Michael Jordan

50. “I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude.” – Michael Jordan

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51. “Another day, another opportunity to prove everyone who doubts you wrong.” – Michael Jordan

52. “Nothing of value comes without being earned.” – Michael Jordan

53. “The harder I prepare, the luckier I seem to get.” – Michael Jordan

54. “If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear.” – Michael Jordan

55. “Sometimes a winner is just a dreamer who never gave up.” – Michael Jordan

56. “It’s better to shoot and miss than to let time run out and wonder what if.” – Michael Jordan

57. “My advice is, find fuel in failure. Sometimes failure gets you closer to where you want to be.” – Michael Jordan

58. “All I wanted to do was to improve, to keep getting better.” – Michael Jordan

59. “If you put your mind to doing whatever it is you want to do, good things can happen.” – Michael Jordan

Which Michael Jordan quotes are your favorite?

Michael Jordan is a basketball legend who will always be remembered for his unparalleled accomplishment in the game as well as in business.

As one of the greatest players to have played the game, there is so much we can learn from Jordan; whether or not you’re a basketball fan.

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  1. Sharon

    June 14, 2022 at 2:21 AM

    1. I would like to see a talk show with Michael Jordan and some people from his generation about limits. Know your limitations. Everybody has them. It is important to know this. Passed on to the next generation from our time to establish the history of a people born does not come from Michael Jordan. Like America when it was known as a rich nation and superpower nation and the days were sunny is when this generation said to make boundaries for yourself. People came to America to have a better life; Not to improve themselves which this generation spoke of too. Nevertheless, it would be probably good to get the history right and see Michael Jordan again. Everyday business workers, mothers, fathers, farmers, Hollywood Stars to name of few to have participate a talk show with the younger generation of his team players and other younger basketball players from other teams he played with. Leaves me out of discussions from here on passing anything down being born in 1962.

    I would have liked to see Michael Jordan go to school and change the reputation of playing professional sports. That has died out.


  2. Christinne Perez

    July 8, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    I met MJ when he’d come to GREENVILLE NC to host the Ronald McDonald celebrity golf classic – He would stay in hotel my family operated
    He’d come eat in the restaurant I owned at the height of his career and always a gentleman. Always generous and ALWAYS A CHAMPION
    In watching The Last Dance you see each & every quote on this list in his testimony. He IS GREAT because HE PURSUED GREATNESS EVERYDAY

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