Everyone knows the name Michael Jordan. And most agree that he was the best basketball player of all time. But what makes him so iconic? A few seconds of Google searching will lead to pages upon pages of articles gushing about No. 23’s championships, MVP awards, scoring titles and team rankings. But beyond those accolades, Jordan has also created a precedent for how successful and famous an athlete can be outside of his or her trade.
In one of his most quoted moments, Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” That lesson is one that can translate to any professional in any industry, which is one of the reasons why he remains such a prime example of excellence for so many.