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Like many has responded, Michael Jordan’s source of motivation was largely intrinsic. He started playing the sport out of love. Succes wasn’t a thing he intendedly strived for, it just came a long as a result of all the effort he put in on a daily basis.

Also his competitive drive is far greater than anyone else he’s met, which he thrives on, as he mentions. Another support for his intrinsic motivation is his motivation for searching out challenges to overcome.
Looking at the four types, I would definately classify him as a Type 3!

He only became the best because he didn’t fear failure.
A great commercial is this one featuring Michael Jordan in a Nike commercial: