Known for: Athlete, Entrepreneur, Team Owner, Billionaire, GOAT?
Primary Soft Skills: Goal Setting, Resiliency, Drive Strength / Motivation
Even if you’ve never watched basketball, you’ve heard of Michael Jordan. You can see him driving to the basket, leaping in the air with his tongue hanging out, and dunking the ball over opponents. He revolutionized basketball and became a household name.
Hard skills, like knowing how to play the game, only account for 15% of success in life. However, it was Jordan’s soft skills that truly turned a kid with raw talent into probably the Greatest Of All Time to play his game.
Since it can be tough to identify soft skills in yourself, let’s look at how Michael Jordan’s soft skills helped him succeed.
To succeed, Jordan developed a goal setting system that he applied from high school, through the NBA, and even now as the first athlete-turned-billionaire. He explains his process in his book, “I Can’t Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence”: