I’ve had Michael Jordan: The Life sitting on my shelf for some time now. With the recent release of The Last Dance on Netflix I thought it was an opportune time to crack it open.
Apparently (I didn’t know this) Jordan was cut from the varsity basketball team as sophomore.
In other words, arguably one of the greatest basketball icons of all time was cut from his high school team.
Two important lessons to ponder here:
First, on perseverance. Michael could have easily decided to give up on basketball. If he made that decision the world would sure be a different place.
Second, using failure as motivation. It might be the best fuel out there. Not that we should seek failure, but when it comes (because it will) we should use it.