The Secret of Michael Jordan’s Success (Or How to Be Like Mike)

In many circles, Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He elevated the sport to a completely different level. But what’s the secret to his success? How can you “be like Mike”?

The answer lies in the “flu game” (see below) during the 97 NBA finals. Check it out.

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Mike carries his team to victory on his weakened body. His team wins despite challenges.

Fairy tale ending, right?

Not really—but I’ll explain that in a second.

What does all this have to do with you?

It has A LOT to do with you. You’re hustling. You’re grinding. You’re working your butt off—but you’re not there yet.

Here’s the secret: MJ was never there either. He kept hustling like crazy too. That’s what made him so great.

The “flu game” was a pivotal game but it actually wasn’t the end. The Bulls beat Utah in the following game in the final seconds.

Even that wasn’t the end.

Then the Bulls hustled through another preseason, regular season, playoffs and then won another title the next year too, winning 6 championships in 8 years. (Then a few retirements and even a few comebacks which add even more to the story.)

The key is to hustle like no one else and be willing to do what others won’t.

And don’t stop.

Despite the pain.

Despite the terrible odds.

It’s not supposed to be easy.

Stay hungry. Discontentment is a gift when used to fuel your passion.

You won’t always win.

But don’t ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, quit.

And then you will win.

Adversity is a requirement in crafting a legendary story.

Otherwise, it’s just a mediocre story no one remembers.

Now go. Dig deeper. Get back to work.

The Thing About Adventure

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A Message For Anyone Struggling


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Dear anyone struggling,

I feel your pain.

You’re trying your best, but not seeing the results you want.

You’re tired—no not even that—you’re exhausted.

No one is lifting you up.

And everyone else is doing absolutely great—according to Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter.

You think you’re completely alone.

But you’re not.

You’re paying your dues.

And it stinks.

That’s alright—it’s not supposed to be fun or easy building something from scratch.

Keep pushing.

Don’t pay attention to the highlight reel of someone you don’t even know.

Keep working.

Keep hustling.

In time, your work WILL pay off.


The Grass Ain’t Always Greener


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Start Project A and over time momentum fades.

Then Project B draws your attention.

Project A is abandoned, and now you’ve moved on to Project B.

Then Project B doesn’t move as smoothly as expected.

So you immediately abandon ship and move to Project C.

Want to change the world?

Finish something. Finish something now.

Each time you quit, your confidence suffers and fear wins.

When you finish something that matters, lives are changed.



How To Make Up For That Lost Hour


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Ah yes, the day after time change.

I feel your pain. You’re groggy, you’re cranky, and can’t get enough coffee today. Half of the office clocks are wrong, and you just want to curl up in a ball under your desk Costanza-style.

How on earth can we make up for that lost hour?

Step 1: Stop whining about how tired you are.

It doesn’t help. In fact, it just makes things worse. Your mind is a very powerful and believes what you want to believe. Just like Steve Jobs with his “reality distortion field” you create your own when you tell yourself, “I’m tired. I’m so tired. I feel like crap. I’m so, so tired.”

Stop that! Think positive. Negativity only leads to MORE negativity.

Let’s make a deal; I won’t whine if you won’t whine okay? Good.

Step 2: Get more sleep.

Crazy thought, I know.  It doesn’t matter how you get itjust get it. Sleep on your lunch hour, take the afternoon off, go to bed early tonight, come in late tomorrow, whatever works for you.

Step 3: Eat foods that boost your energy. 

You know what these are: fruit, veggies, water, you know, healthy stuff. Might want to put down the Poptart or donut. That is definitely not helping your energy level. And I don’t recommend three cups of coffee and a Dr. Pepper. Not that I know this from personal experience  or anything.

Step 4: Cut yourself some slack.

It will take some time for your body to adjust. You’re not a robot. Give it a week. You’ll be fine. You’ve been through all this before.

Step 5: If you hate Daylight Savings Time, do something about it.

Here is a petition to congress to stop it. I’m not a fan, and I’ve signed it. You could also move to Arizona as they don’t have time change.

Remember, no more whining.  If I catch you whining, I WILL send you Nickelback and William Hung videos.


Any other tips for how to make up for that lost hour?

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