Michael Jordan, basketball and free throw champion, says that, “Some people want it to happen, some people want it to happen, some people make it happen.” In the 1997 championship games, when Bill Bartmann was in negotiations to buy the Chicago Bulls for $ 200 million, Jordan risked his career with his eyes closed. We can learn a lot about how to be successful from a story told by Bill Bartmann at a recent business training.
Michael and Bill were chatting on the bench before the second game of the 1997 championship between the Chicago Bulls and the Seattle Supersonics. Bill told Michael about a book he was writing. Bill said that one of the themes would be to see the future and a vision of success before it happens. Michael responded quickly: “Oh I understand.“
Bill told him that he couldn’t get it, because he hadn’t told him anything yet. But Michael responded emphatically that “I know exactly what you are going to say. I practice and shoot free throws in my mind. I can visualize the results before doing it. I do this so much, so often, that I can do it blindfolded.“
He then proceeded to walk towards Bill Bartmann onto the court just before the game. Bill was in his street shoes and then commented, “But when you buy a $ 200 million team, they will let you walk in street shoes.”
Michael walked him to the free throw line and stood facing the basket. Bill Bartmann stood in front of him and Michael Jordan said, “Watch my eyes.”
He closed his eyes, grabbed the basketball, bounced it, and caught it. He closed his eyes, bent his knees, bent his elbow, fired, and moved on. Bill looked into his eyes the whole time. They were closed, and behind him Bill heard a hiss.
“That’s really cool, Michael. Really amazing,” Bill exclaimed in disbelief.
Michael Jordan laughed and said “Look, I imagine it before it happens. “
In the final two minutes of the championship game, the Bulls trailed by four points. Two minutes to go, four less. Michael was fouled. He walked to the free throw line, looked over to where Bill Bartmann was sitting by the court, and winked at him. Bill was scared. He knew what Michael Jordan was going to do. There was no other person in the stadium who knew what Jordan was about to do, but Bill did. He only knew that Michael was going to take a free kick with his eyes closed.
He did. They won.
What lesson does Michael teach us by his example? That it doesn’t matter who we are, what we do, where we are or what we want to achieve. We can practice success in our head! If we imagine the techniques and results of MLM, and practice enough, we will not be afraid of being in front of anyone. We can give any presentation, perform any task, call anyone and win in any business activity. Practice seeing the results you want in your MLM career, and those results will come. “Some people want it to happen, some people want it to happen, some people make it happen.” even with my eyes closed.