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Michael Jordan

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I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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Jordan, Michael. I Can't Accept Not Trying : Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. p. 12

 
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