Few athletes have come close to the success of Michael Jordan. He was cut from his high school basketball team before winning a basketball scholarship to North Carolina University. During his career as a pro basketball player, Jordan won six championships and set multiple records. He became one of the highest-scoring basketball players in NBA history.
Nevertheless, Jordan’s success was about more than just raw talent. He worked hard and had an inner drive to succeed, and he also had supportive parents who encouraged him every step of the way. He’s a prominent fixture on the top 25 sports celebrities who redefined athletic endorsements. Keep reading to learn more about Jordan’s view of success and how he got there.
25. Selfish To Succeed?
Jordan once said, “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 Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, James and Deloris, worked as a mechanic and bank teller, respectively; they had four other children.
James and Deloris wanted to provide a good childhood with plenty of opportunities for each of their five children. They did not think that the urban jungle of Brooklyn would allow their children to thrive. Shortly after Jordan was born, they decided to leave the big city in favor of a quieter, more stable life.