Adult/High School-This motivational book uses Michael Jordan as a prime example of how to achieve one's dream career goals whether they are in the sports arena or in other fields. Each chapter focuses on one ingredient in the recipe for success. The elements are identified as effective concentration, a joyful love for one's work, unrelenting practice of one's skills, persistent determination to achieve, acceptance of personal responsibility for one's own actions, treating others with warmth and respect, etc. There are copious anecdotes about how the basketball star has smoothly blended them all into his life, but there are also quotes from a variety of people, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Síren Kierkegaard, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, and Anthony Quinn. Jordan is portrayed as the most hardworking man in his field, and his persistence rather than his natural athletic talent is credited for his legendary achievements. MJ's fans will naturally enjoy reading about him, but even those who aren't basketball fanatics will be inspired by the principles promoted here.
Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA
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By interviewing more than 1,400 friends, coaches, teammates, rivals, and just about anyone else whose life was touched by Michael Jordan, Williams, a motivational speaker and the owner of the Orlando Magic, has amassed enough anecdotes to . . . well, write a book. The text covers what makes M. J. great--as a person, a role model, a leader, and, yes, a basketball player. What's refreshing here is that Jordan is portrayed as human like the rest of us, which means that if we were to apply our skills to our lives as Jordan has to his, we, too, could "be like Mike." Motivational quotes from such diverse figures as Rose Kennedy and Bertolt Brecht are scattered among the inspiring, often funny Jordan quips. Each chapter elaborates on aspects of Michael's success ("Focus, Passion & Energy") and includes introductory comments by Michael himself. What will allow this book to stand out among the myriad motivational titles out there? It's simple, entertaining, and commonsensical. And it's about Michael Jordan. Mary Frances Wilkens
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jordan was untouchable as a player and leader on the court, his sucessive endeavors as an executive and owner have been very unfortunate. Read morePublished 5 months ago by j
This book is a simple tool for people who has the rage of being successful but sometimes get off the path because they are gifted in so many other areas. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jerome Simmons
Love this book also and wish my son was not injured and still could play basketball and enjoy this game....Published on May 20, 2013 by Meena
How To Be Like Mike doesn't just teach us about what a great player Michael Jordan was on the court, but also what an amazing person he was off the court. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Road To Recovery
Since I play basketball myself, reading "How to be like Mike" would help me learn from basketball's best, Michael Jordan. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by T. Stewart