If you haven’t seen the first 3 episodes of The Last Dance, I recommend you watch the first 2 episodes. The documentary or miniseries focuses on the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls. I’m going to pull some lessons I learned out of the few episodes. You can apply these basic principles in your life, career or business.
1) It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.
You heard this so many times, stop thinking that you have to do things by a certain stage in your life. It’s never been about the destination, enjoy the journey. Life is too short, so I suggest you travel, study harder, start that business you always wanted to start. Don’t let the opinions of others hold you back.
2) Believe you can and you will.
Micheal Jordan stated in the documentary that it all starts in your mind. It’s important what you say about yourself. He mentioned that his mother was his root, she planted the seed that he based his life on. He was bullied by his brothers, he outworked them both and the rest is history. If you’re working towards your career or starting a company, never bet against your company. Believe that you will succeed.
3) If you put in the work, the results will come.
You reap what you sow, it’s that simple. Work harder than the next person. Work harder as if your life depends on it. Master one craft, later that one craft will give birth to the other crafts. This is where I struggle but it’s the very truth.
4) There are no shortcuts in life.
Don’t take that shortcut, it’s not worth it. Do your best and time isn’t against you. They say that each struggle is a chance to learn and gain new experiences. We’re tempted to look for the simple path, the quick answer, the effortless way forward. But there is none.
“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan
“Live the moment for the moment” ~ Michael Jordan
5) Turn your weakness into a strength.
Hire people that are smarter than you. You can’t do it all. Find what you’re not good at and hire people to fill in that gap. I suggest reading books and listen to sermons online. Micheal Jordan mentioned that he missed more than 9000 shots in his career. He lost almost 300 games. 26 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. To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” ~ Michael Jordan