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I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence Hardcover – September 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harper San Francisco; 1 edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062511904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062511904
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, it's definitely worth a read for some quick inspiration.
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A must read for every young athlete or anyone young persons to give them the inspiration to always try hard and do their best!
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He loaned a student his book and never got it back so I ordered him this one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I CAN'T ACCEPT NOT TRYING is a small inspiration book written by the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Jordan had an unbelievable career in the NBA before retiring, tried playing major league baseball, came back to the NBA to lead the Chicago Bulls to a few more championships, then retired again, then came out of retirement again to play for the Washington Wizards--a team he had owned for over a year, before retiring for a third time in 2003. This little book was published just prior to Jordan's first return to basketball after his first "retirement". It was one of many items to fuel the media hype about his return.

There really isn't very much here. The book is only 36 pages long, is divided up into 6 sections, and includes a few posed pictures. The 6 sections are: goals, fears, commitment, teamwork, fundamentals, and leadership. Jordan shares a few personal thoughts and recollections in each section. Though there are one or two nuggets into the mind of Jordan, there isn't anything here that is new, original, or groundbreaking. Still, most people want to be like Mike and it is one of the few things Jordan ever wrote. It makes a nice little gift for Jordan fans, or someone who likes basketball and is getting ready to graduate high school.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A reader on October 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
...that there is no secret. Michael Jordan is probably the greatest basketball player of all time, so when such an accomplished man speaks on the achievement of excellence, it is worth the effort to pay attention. In a short 36-page read, Jordan gives advice that resonates far beyond sports, and applies just the same to academic, business and personal areas of life.

Discipline, foresight and sacrifice make up Jordan's own triangle offense against the obstacles one meets on the road to excellence. I was glad to see he made the observation that people in this country only see the end result - the final payoff - completely ignoring the backbreaking work it took to reach that end. You see it everyday - an honest effort done in by a lack of foresight and pie-in-the-sky goals. People want the payoff without putting down the deposit, and as a result a lot of potential is nipped in the bud. Hard work alone does not guarantee, but in the end that is all you can do. Excellence, then, is not a goal, but a process.

Homer wrote 'The Iliad' thousands of years ago, but there is a line within that still holds true today, and particularly here. A young hero there muses that of all qualities in a person - bravery, wisdom, God-given strength - nothing matters so much as heart. Jordan echoes that sentiment - talent alone will not do the trick, and his achievements confirm he was right. Heart measures the gap between the hall-of-famer and the might-have-been.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Frid on January 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As all the books of "search the personal excellence" you have to try it to see if it's true, of course not everybody could try this and other books of this kind because all the people are different.
The advantage of this book among the others of the same theme is that you can read this book in 20 minutes or less, is easy to read because it doesn't have examples on how could you solve this or that problem, and it has a strong message in every chapter, if you just try to do one or two of these messages you can be sure that your life could change.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best motivational books ever written. It is short, yet powerful. Michael Jordan truly is a hero of our time. Although I don't even follow basketball at all, the words he writes are poignant, powerful, inspirational and teaches all of us a lesson on how to live and how to aspire. Great book, for adults and children alike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It tells goals you should have in your life. But Michael Jorden says it in his own neat way! Boy, if it was'nt out of print right now I'd have ordered 10 copies or more of the book to give to realitives and friends.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Roche on June 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the most inspirational book i have ever read....MJ rockz!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb in Everett on March 22, 2014
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This is a book I recommend to fellow business owners who tell me they don't have time to read. It is a short but impactful book. I have also recommended this book to fellow business owners who tell me they haven't read a book since they left school. I show them my copy and they are hooked. This is a great read and, to me, a 'must-have' book on my reference shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francisco J De Hoyos W on November 24, 2012
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The book is very short but with very good message of Perseverance.

My son read it and said its motivational to live your dreams.

To fight against obstacle, and persist for your goals. Step by step.

FHW
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