Even the GOATS had doubters

Next time you get shot down by someone who has a low opinion of your skills, make sure to keep your head focused on your dreams. Only you know your potential and only you hold the power of making your dreams come true.

By
Daniela Salazar
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November 23, 2021
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Michael Jordan. Tom Brady. Muhammad Ali. Leonel Messi. What do all these names have in common? Not wins, records, trophies, but rather difficult starts to their successful careers.

When you think of the greatest athletes, you tend to assume they were born with skill and were welcomed with open arms into their sport. However, this is not the case.

Take Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time. The man who transformed the basketball culture was once denied a place on the Varsity team. His start in the NBA was also not great, mentioning him being too distracted, only good at ball handle, and having a low three-point percentage. This coming from the man who ended up with six championship rings, all-time playoff points per game record, and 563 games played with over 30points.

Tom Brady? The football star that broke tons of records and is known by many as also being GOAT? His initial draft report said some of the following: knocked down too easily, lacks mobility and ability to avoid rush, laughably "unathletic", lacks strong arm. Imagine reading that reporting and seeing his seven Superbowl rings, his four MVP wins, his seventeen division titles, and incredible records.

If Brady and Jordan aren’t enough, Muhammad Ali failed every category of “tale of the tapes” at the start of his career just to become the greatest heavyweight boxer ever. Lionel Messi was constantly told he was too short to play, just to transform into one of the quickest, most talented goal makers of his era.

Next time you get shot down by someone who has a low opinion of your skills, make sure to keep your head focused on your dreams. Only you know your potential and only you hold the power of making your dreams come true.

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