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Adam Szuster

I think like most, if not all, ‘great’ athletes Jordan’s motivation is intrinsic. I am sure there are other motivating factors which aren’t covered in the video and some of those may be extrinsic – pressure to please parents; spite to show someone that he could make it – but his drive appears to be enjoyment and the challenge of bettering himself.

Jordan’s personal values are what encases his motivation – love of the sport; the thrill of competition; the drive to win at all costs; the willingness to work hard; the persistence to keep going through the hard times. And just as importantly the ability to enjoy the successes when they happen.

Personalty type is clearly type 3 – strong need for achievement with little regard to fear of failure. I suspect that fear is there but it is suppressed and controlled by the strong will for achievement.