Our Favorite Michael Jordan Quotes In Honor Of His Birthday!

Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, turns 59 years old today. As we know, he is one of the most decorated athletes in all of sports, but off the court, Jordan gave us some of the most inspiring words. Let’s take a look at some of his best quotes!

“The key to success is failure.”

I mean, I would take his word for it. You have to fail to succeed.

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

Hard work pays off in Jordan’s case. 

“Heart is what separates the good from the great.”

Heart is defined here as athletes giving it all they have. 

“If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Never quit.”

Note taken, never quit. 

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

Always bet on yourself.

“To be successful, you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve.”

If Jordan says it’s okay to be a little selfish, then it must be okay.

“One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

This doesn’t just apply to sports but can also apply to life. Working together with others sometimes results in the most amazing outcomes.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Jordan seems to reference failure in a lot of his quotes. Remember, he got cut from his middle school basketball team. I’d say he knows a thing or two about turning failure into success.

“There is no ‘I’ in team but there is in win.”

Jordan has a 706-366 overall regular-season record. He knows a thing or two about winning.

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

Effort is key in everything you do. 

Happy Birthday Michael Jordan! We can’t wait to hear the amazing quotes you continue to bring us in the years to come!