“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On twenty-six occasions I have been entrusted to take the game’s winning shot … and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
To put success and the ultimate career achievements of Michael Jordan into perspective – he’s human. He has, indeed, made a remarkable imprint on the game of basketball and inspired countless up-and-coming stars and young ballers starting out. But, in his own words, he has also had his share of failure.
His not being defined as a failure, though, is a testament to other traits that lie in the background – persistence, faith, perseverance and commitment – developed on the basketball court.
You can teach someone to dribble the basketball. With practice, most can achieve an acceptable percentage of free throw and three-point shots. And you can cajole and pressure and bribe and threaten youngsters to display those traits that Jordan keeps in his back pocket – but it takes the heart and soul in addition to the mind and muscle. You just gotta wanna – play – excel – achieve – enough to pick yourself up after a failure and push again, if not harder.
Giving young people and families the equipment to learn and develop those traits is a perk to offering Goalrilla Goal Basketball Systems. We know that life skills and personal traits are developed through teamwork and athletics and the camaraderie on the basketball court. It’s a proud tradition of the Basketball Goal Store to offer the best in premium in-ground basketball goals – here in Indiana and across the nation. It’s why we are proud of the fact that we are the No. 1 online retailer of Goalrilla Goals.
Who knows, maybe the connection between a family and the Basketball Goal Store will eventually produce the next basketball superstar – or the next business star or writer or scientist. The skills and personal traits developed on the basketball court stay embedded for life – and that’s a great thing!
–Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team