Fitspiration from Michael Jordan

I wasn’t sure what to write today, so I decided to create a new fitspiration picture for Michael Jordan’s quote:

My attitude is that if you push me toward something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

I find Michael Jordan’s quote interesting because it’s not easy to interpret.  I don’t follow sports at all but even I’ve heard that Michael Jordan worked doggedly to improve his perceived weaknesses.

So I assume that he meant his weaknesses eventually turned into his strengths.

I can see how Michael Jordan’s mindset made him an exceptional athlete. If I could adopt more of his willingness to work with my weaknesses, I could probably reach my fitness goals much sooner and with less suffering.

Thinking about Michael Jordan’s quote reminded me of my latest post about  how avoidance and denial make it hard to lose weight.  Was Michael Jordan so willing to work with his weaknesses because he didn’t need to shield his fragile ego by denying his weaknesses?

I bet that he didn’t take his weaknesses too personally. I could probably also benefit by trying to adopt his impartial attitude to the way “things” are right now.


Have you ever turned your weakness into a strength, in fitness or some other area of life?




  1. In some ways I like to think I have Satu. I’ve moved about and changed jobs a lot. I’m okay with change. Someone once said to me that it looked bad on my resume that I job-hopped from one project to another.

    In moving to this new life I’m trying to live I took advantage of that willingness to make changes and turned it to my advantage. Of course dealing with the fallout is difficult.

    On a different note, I still remember a childhood book about a teenage basketballer who broke their arm. It was their right hand and they were right handed. Initially they were devastated – they couldn’t do anything and they had just been chosen in representative teams and now couldn’t play. BUT I think someone suggested to them they spend that time learning to use their left hand – to write, do things and dribble and shoot baskets etc.

    When their arm eventually healed I still recall some poignant moment in the book when they were playing some big match and surprised the opposition by doing a lay-up (shooting) with their other arm (and the defender was focussing on the right arm). Long story… but I’d broken my arm when I read this book and it gave me hope. (Not that I went out and learned to use my left arm….!)


    • Satu says:

      That’s a great tale, Deb!

      A couple of times it’s happened to me when I was studying at the university that I took courses that were very difficult and I had to study really hard for them. I got good grades and I eventually iked those courses more because of the challenge they offered.

      I wish I was more often like that!

  2. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Well, Michael Jordan did not make the varsity high school basketball team the first year he tried out. He was a bit of a late bloomer, who understood that nobody initially thought he was special as an athlete. He had to make that happen by hard work. Also, he grew about 10 inches which helped matters, basketball-wise.

    🙂 Marion

    • Marion says:

      A bit wrong on the inches grown. MJ went from about 5’10 to 6’6.”

      • Satu says:

        Well that’s some growth spurt!! Men are lucky when they can grow a lot at that age. I think I stopped growing at age 12. That’s why I’m so short… 🙂

  3. Hi Satu. You know, I’ve been reading all kind of quotes from Michael Jordon lately. He’s wiser than I realized. Have a wonderful day.

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