“He Failed 9000 Times”- Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Explained Michael Jordan’s Life-Mantra Inspired Him to Seek Greatness

Published 06/16/2022, 10:19 AM EDT
COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 05: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to fans during the Slap Fighting Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus Convention Center on March 05, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)

Failures are a part of life, much like success. Every successful athlete experiences failures during their career. Arnold Schwarzenegger also faced his fair share of failures in life.

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However, he believes that failures are a part of life, and that is how one deals with them. They help define a person.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses audience on failure

The former bodybuilder addressed this issue during an appearance at an event. To draw from real-life inspiration, he provided the example of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

During the event, Schwarzenegger said, “Michael Jordan said in one of his interviews when they said, ‘You’re unbelievably the greatest basketball player of all times. I mean tell me about that.’ ”

“And he says, ‘Well, you are just mentioning the successes.’ He adds, ‘For me to become the greatest basketball player, I missed 9,000 shots,’ ” the former governor of California continued.

He then proceeded to ask the audience if these events make the former basketball player a failure.

 

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“No, he is one of the greatest basketball players of all times, but he failed 9,000 times,” Schwarzenegger added.

The Terminator star was trying to get a message through to the audience. This message portrayed that we all experience failure in some form, but that it is okay to fail as that is how we grow.

The bodybuilder-turned-actor referred to the time when Jordan famously spoke about his failures. The G.O.A.T. 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.”

Addressing the audience, the Austrian Oak states, “What is not okay is, that when you fail and you stay down.”

What was his opinion on failure?

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This stance of the former Mr. Olympia agrees with the opinions of most athletes. Working in a competitive environment makes one likely to face these challenges routinely. And Schwarzenegger seems to be well aware of this.

COLOGNE, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 07: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks in his keynote about digital sustainability during the Digital X event on September 07, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. More than 200 national and international top speakers – experts, visionaries, politicians, entrepreneurs, opinion leaders and critical voices – take part to discuss in two days of a full digitisation programme. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

But failure to achieve something does not necessarily mean that one must give up all hopes to try again. One tastes success in life only when the person rises from their failure.

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Therefore, the bodybuilding legend imparts a valuable lesson to the audience, asking them to learn from their mistakes and rise from their failures.

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Aklanta Chetia

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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.

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