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Stop making excuses

How many of us wish we were as good as Lionel Messi in soccer; Michael Jordan in basketball; or Wayne Gretzky in hockey?  Why is it that we wish, and not act?  Why do we make it seem as though these players simply grew up with supernatural skills and succeeded with ease, rather then understand that they devoted their lives to the sport?  Why is it we tell ourselves we can’t be as good as Messi, Jordan or Gretzky?…because we make excuses.
In a string of commercials the Michael Jordan Nike brand has created, one commercial in particular stuck out to me.  This commercial – which starts off with Jordan saying “Maybe It’s My Fault” – lists several “Maybes” before telling the watcher that perhaps we’re just making excuses for not being as successful as Jordan was:

Maybe I led you to believe that it was easy, when it wasn’t.

Maybe I made you think my highlight started at the free throw line, and not in the gym.

Maybe I made you think every shot I took was a game winner.

That my game was based on flash, and not fire.

Maybe its my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength, that my pain was my motivation.

Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God given gift, and not something I worked for… every single day of my life.

Maybe I destroyed the game… or maybe, you’re just making excuses.
– Michael Jordan

These are the words of a champion, someone who has made no excuses and worked his tail off to be the best he can be.  There is no reason you can’t be as good as any athlete in any sport.  The real question is, how bad do you want it?  You’re either making excuses or, maybe, you’re not.

Ivan Bobanovic

By Ivan Bobanovic

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