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I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to three NBA Championships. When he retired from professional basketball in 1993 he stunned the sports world by announcing his intention to begin a professional baseball career. 'I Can't Accept Not Trying' is Jordan's personal creed and a message for anyone who aspires to greater heights or grander dreams.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1994)
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Noah
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is about Michael Jordan's life as a professional athlete and all of the hard work that goes into performing to your fullest potential. Michael talks about his hard work and how without it he wouldn't have ever been as good as he was without the hard work he put in. He talks about how he played in games and what kind of player he was.
I can connect this book to Michael Strahan's biography because both people are serious and famous athletes. Also in Strahan's bio he talks about all the h
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Brett
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it read like a story a i feel like him making goals and never giving up on ur dreams
Christopher Goins
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael Jordan softly addresses why so many people are unsuccessful: they expect to perform better than they perform in practice. I say softly, instead of harshly, because he does, even though he had every right not to be. He could have been tougher. But the MJ we get from this book is the same MJ we get in Pat Williams’ book “How to Be Like Mike”: Michael Jordan the gentle basketball giant. I suggest that one should read the longer book by Williams first before picking up this book.

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Judd
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really an excellent book for anyone at any age. At only 35 pages or so and probably only 500-1000 words, it's a breeze to get through but it's filled with useful information. For someone who is eager to start a project, someone looking to get over a hump, someone trying to perfect a skill, or just anyone, really. Michael Jordan clearly understood the pursuit of excellence and even for the average joe with no aspirations of being an athlete, his tips are helpful if not invaluable.

It's har
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Nasser
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-2009
This book is about the one and only Michael Jordan and how he sets goals for him to be successful. in this book Michael Jordan tells us about how when he tried to do something in his basketball career people would say don’t do it and how people would think Michael Jordan didn’t have what it takes to not only comeback to NBA twice but have one of the most famous sneaker companies in the world and to be one of the most known and famous sports stars of all time. People know Michael Jordan for winni ...more
Pep Viveros
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought that I Can't Accept Not Trying was a inspiring book on how Michael Jordan pursued his life and how all the things he was taught he shared with us so we could also learn those things and use them in the future. One of the main ideas was commitment. the author Mr. Jordan taught me that if you don't commit to what you want to do, whether it's basketball or being a doctor, if you don't commit, you won't achieve anything in life. The book made me think that I have to commit to everything I ...more
Douglas
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good book overall. The first chapter on goals really hit home for me. Basically, when you set your grant goals, you will accomplish many small goals along the way, so even if you don't become #1 salesman or top baseball player, you will have had some levels of success.

The book is really short and can be finished in 20 minutes. Its out of print, so you have to order it.

He did a great job going straight to the point. Its definitely a worthwhile read.
David
Sep 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Even when Jordan is trying to compliment coaches and teammates, he comes off as sports' biggest egomaniac. And why shouldn't he? Mostly this is full of great pictures... Jordan's philosophizing is pretty sport-psychology textbook stuff, but hey... he's Michael Jordan. We should be happy he lowers himself to address mortal man at all.
Reader
Here is a case of "more is less." This was a quick read with a lasting impression. Jordan takes the pursuit of excellence to an advanced level. It is not surprising he was such a successful athlete and continues to be such an enterprising businessman. I enjoyed the general theme of how he considers failure to be okay but not trying to be unacceptable.
Donna Davies Corley
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A quick, inspirational autobiography that can help anyone with setting goals and not giving up if a person has tried out for a position or team and didn't get chosen for whatever reason as he didn't when trying out for his first high school basketball team. He lists specific guidelines to guide anyone toward achieving goals. Very fast read and good teaching or coaching or team building lessons.
Cam
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a very inspiring book
M
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Though not a "children's book," I read excerpts of this to my students. It's divided into chapters such as goals, teamwork, and leadership.
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Wayne
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that gives some great advice on how to live your life to the fullest and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Very unique look at what motivated MJ to excellence.
Itzel.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bella
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super short read, maybe 15 to 20 minutes. Feels like an extended in-depth interview answers in book form. Cool read especially for a kid/ teen/ young adult as motivation and insight in his mindset to becoming successful and a leader.
Tab
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is 36 pages, but taking the pictures out (I love picture books) and actually using the entire page would have condensed this book down to 12 pages. More like reading a hardcover whitepaper from work than a book.

It's a nice little read and has some good points. Nothing overly new or interesting.
Marilyn
Short but good inspirational book written by 1 of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. One of my favorite quotes from this book: "Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success." Amen, MJ!
Peter Wolfley
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not a huge fan of Michael Jordan. Mostly because he stopped john Stockton from getting a ring, but I do respect his dedication, hard work, and lead by example attitude. He probably got a billion dollars to write this 35 page book.
Jill
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Another one I read when I couldn't get enough of Michael - that would be before he cheated on his wife...this is really short, but a fun read for the fans.
Helmut Granda
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book about 10 years ago, then lent it and never got it back. Finally I have the chance to own it again and it feels like I just read it yesterday.

Small book with lots of wisdom.
Sam Quigley
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
He's the greatest to ever play the game of basketball, but you wouldn't wanna hang out with the guy. Super-competitive egomaniac who somehow still seems to think he got a raw deal.
Mlevine18
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a great book and had a lot of motivational and inspirational steps that can help us with our success. And I hope that I can benefit one day from this great writing piece.
Captin Serry
Feb 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'V BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS BOOK ON THE INTERNET FOR A PDF COPY , COULD ANY BODY HELP ME ?
Jimmy Ferneyhough
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short but great read!
Paulo Ribeiro
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
short, sweet and with really nice pics
Trevan Hetzel
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is probably the shortest book I've ever read. It's not an autobiography by any means, but more like a compilation of Jordan's quotes and motivational words.
Shefali
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written, inspirational book that everyone must read.
Larry Coleman
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
5 for content, 1 for length. I've read blog posts that were longer than this book.
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