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Magic Johnson Quotes


Magic Johnson quotes: about basketball, business, and life.

“You’re the only one who can make the difference.  Whatever your dream is, go for it.”

“I’m a big believer in dreaming.  If you don’t dream it, you can’t become it.”

“You are the dreamer.  People give in to the reality they are presented with and give up before they even begin.  With that stated, the state of the world is on your shoulders.  Become a success.”

“It’s your responsibility to bring forth your dream into reality.  Right now your dream is lodged in the depths of your mind.  Only you can transform it from being a vision to being a part of your reality.”

“You owe it to not only yourself, but to the world.  You got the gift of life and you have to pay that gift back to the world and the way you go about doing this is by chasing your dreams and succeeding.”

“In order to succeed, pledge to yourself that you will continue to work hard until you make your dreams a reality.  Promise yourself you won’t stop whether it takes 10 years, 20 years, or your entire life.  Promise yourself to never stop when you are presented with a roadblock.  Promise yourself you will never give up and never retreat.  Promise yourself you will take yourself to the top of the world.”

“Success is an uphill battle.  You must be willing to go up against the odds and most importantly give it everything you have in order to beat the odds.”

“It doesn’t matter what people think or say, you have to remain focused and driven.”

“I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.”

“In life, winning and losing will both happen.  What is never acceptable is quitting.”

“For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball.  There’s winning and there’s losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen.  But what’s never been acceptable to me is quitting.”

“I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.  If you are motivated enough and put the work in, you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.”

“I think you just have to keep knocking down doors, you have to keep being aggressive, and even if somebody says no, then you have to knock on the next door.”

“Talent is never enough.  With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”

“Don’t give up!  Be friends with people who help you work hard.”

“If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them.”

“If you want someone to be your mentor, you better be ready to listen and be humbled.”

“If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to use every connection you’ve got.”

“When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team.  No one can do every deal alone.”

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

“When I’m under the gun and I’ve got pressure on me, I don’t panic.  I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.”

“If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you.  You don’t stop.  You always look over your shoulder.”

“If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever.  That is what you have to have.  The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better.”

“If you hate to lose, you do whatever you need to do to make sure your business is successful.”

“Research your idea.  See if there’s a demand.  A lot of people have great ideas, but they don’t know if there’s a need for it.  You also have to research your competition.”

“Make the world a better place.”

“You hold the power within you to create an everlasting change.”

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.”

“With businesses, you go to the same places because you like the service, you like the people, and they take care of you.  They greet you with a smile.  That’s how people want to be treated – with respect.  That’s what I tell my employees: customer service is very important.”

“If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back even more to the community.”

“Just celebrate the life you have, not the life you could’ve had.”

“God blessed me with two unbelievable parents, and I am just like both of them.  I have the smile and charisma of my mother and the big heart of my mom, because she wants to save the world and help the world, so I am just like her.”

“My father is my idol, so I always did everything like him.  He used to work two jobs and still come home happy every night.”

“Dad didn’t believe in handouts.  So as a kid, the only way I could get my hands on any spending money was to go out and earn it.”

“I grew up poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams.”

“I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age.  I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.”

“I am a businessman.  This is what I do each and every day.  I love it.  I love coming to work.  I never have a bad day.”

“I really want people to know that I’ve worked hard, very hard, to get to where I am today.  This didn’t just happen overnight.  I started in business over 25 years ago and have found a way to build on what I’ve learned through every partnership and opportunity.”

“We are a company that lives and breathes a philosophy that’s centered on not only making sound business decisions but also personally and professionally finding ways to contribute to the well being of society.  We are also a company that understands community.”

“I’m proudest of my life off the court.  There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people’s lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.”

“Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.”

“I’m at peace with myself.  The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.”

“HIV changed my life, but it doesn’t keep me from living.”

“To me, everything is wonderful.  Life is wonderful.”

“Magic is who I am on the basketball court.  Earvin is who I am.”

“Assists is what Earvin is all about.  That’s what my whole life has been, assisting others.”

“If I die tomorrow, next year, or whenever it might be, I’ll know I’ve had a great life.”

“You don’t have to be Magic to be special.  You’re already special; you’re you.”

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