Michael Jordan, a man whose name is synonymous with basketball superstardom, faced a tough path to reach the level of fame and fortune he eventually achieved.
One of these challenges, and a fact that many people find ironically shocking, is that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year. Rather than giving up on the sport, Michael came back the next year and broke every basketball record at the school.
Michael Jordan went on to play basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, but facing predictions that he would never see much time off of the bench. Proving these predictions wrong, Michael went on to not only see extensive playing time with the Tar Heels, but also to make the game winning shot in the 1982 national championship.
Michael Jordan was later given a shot at the NBA, but his challenges did not end there. Soon into his NBA career, the basketball prodigy suffered a devastating injury that many predicted would end his still-young career. Instead, Michael worked even harder, improving on both the offensive and defensive aspects of his game until he had completely mastered the sport.
Michael Jordan’s road to success was not one where everything was handed to him. Rather, the basketball legend is proof that there is simply no substitution for hard work and the unwillingness to accept failure as an option.