Although I may be a hockey-person at heart, I’m a sucker for the Nike basketball ads. I know, I know. Big corporate buggers. I get pulled in by the motivational speeches on some of the ads, like the ones by Michael Jordan (“…I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life…and that is why I succeed.”).
Here are my favorite motivating basketball ads:
1. MICHAEL JORDAN | NIKE | FAILURE (Watch HERE or click above)
I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost more than 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.
2. MICHAEL JORDAN | NIKE | TELL ME (Watch HERE)
Disrespect me. Tell me I’m older. Tell me I’m slower. Tell me I can no longer fly. I want you to…
3. MICHAEL JORDAN | NIKE | BECOMING LEGENDARY #1 (Watch HERE)
It’s not about the shoes. It’s about knowing where you’re going. Not forgetting where you started. It’s about having the courage to fail. Not breaking, when you are broken. Taking everything you’ve been given…and making something better. It’s about work…before glory. It’s what’s inside of you. It’s doing what they say you can’t. It’s not about the shoes. It’s about what you do inside them. It’s about being what you were born to be.
4. MICHAEL JORDAN | BECOMING LEGENDARY #4 (Watch HERE)
Maybe it’s my own fault. Maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I led you to believe my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym. Maybe I led you to think that every shot I took was a game winner. That my game was built on flash, and not fire. Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength. That my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a God-given gift, and not something I worked for…every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game…or maybe you’re just making excuses.
5. MICHAEL JORDAN | NIKE | BECOMING LEGENDARY #2 (Watch HERE):
Look me in the eye. It’s okay if you’re scared…so am I. But we’re scared for different reasons. I’m scared of what I won’t become. And you’re scared of what I could become. Look at me. I won’t let myself in where I started. I won’t let myself finish where I began. I know what is within me…even if you can’t see it yet. Look me in the eyes. I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am.
6. NIKE | BECOMING LEGENDARY #3 (Watch HERE):
There are no Cinderellas.