- Hardcover: 36 pages
- Publisher: Harper San Francisco; 1 edition (September 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062511904
- ISBN-13: 978-0062511904
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence Hardcover – September, 1994
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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.
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.
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.
At the core, Jordan was aggressive and fearless. In his owns words, he explains, "I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life, I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it. I don't believe you can achieve anything by being passive....I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but its an illusion to me. If it turns out my best wasn't good enough, then at least I'll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try." Is it any wonder with such a mindset that he was as great as he was? But Jordan was not just a bulldog, he was also brilliant, perhaps even genius. He was methodical and specific in his actions. He suggests, "There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way." Jordan was so well prepared, and exhausted himself so much in practice, that when he came upon high pressure game situations, it was just routine, and when significant challenges become routine, success can only follow; this is the essence of Jordan's greatness defined in his own words.
Although brief enough to easily be read within thirty minutes, the material in this book will be enough to arouse your ambition and inspire your soul. Anyone seeking to discover what makes up the heart of one of histories greatest champions will enjoy this short book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent source as a nonfiction biography for Michael Jordan's philosophy for success.Published 4 months ago by Neil R. Grobman
Short but excellent read on the principles of what it takes to succeed in sports, business and life.
I read this within an hour.
Great book! The ideas can be applied to business, school, or sports.Published 8 months ago by L. Esparza
Excellent!!! Love this book & exactly what I wanted as a gift for a young student ....