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19 Motivational Quotes from Magic Johnson

American businessman and basketball icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan, on August 14, 1959. A domineering force on the basketball court for over a decade until his abrupt retirement in 1991,  Johnson was twice inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and named as one of America's most influential black businessmen.  On his birthday, we compiled 19 things that Magic Johnson said:

 

On dreaming big:

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"I'm a big believer in dreaming. If you don't dream it, you can't become it."

 

On being yourself:

"You don't have to be Magic to be special. You're already special, you're you."

 

On overcoming rejections:

"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.'"

"I tell people to look at me and understand that everybody first told me that I couldn't be a 6-foot, 9-inch point guard, and I proved them wrong. Then they told me I couldn't be a businessman and make money in urban America, and I proved them wrong. And they thought I couldn't win all these championships, and I proved them wrong there as well."

 

On never giving up:

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"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 that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to."

 

On self-belief:

"I never think that there's something I can't do, whether it's beating my opponent one on one or practicing another hour because something about my game is just not right."

 

On life:

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"Life doesn't stop because something happens to you."

"Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could've had."

"I like things going on in my life. I don't want to be on a beach somewhere just relaxing."

"I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am."

"I don't wake up in the morning and think that I'm going to get AIDS. I don't dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I'd be giving in to the negativity."

 

On selflessness:

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"Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates."

"Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people."

 

On being competitive:

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

 

On knowing who your friends are:

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"When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are."

 

On secrets:

"It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out."

 

On being a role model:

"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."

 

On hope:

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

 

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