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I believe Michael Jordan was an intrinsicly motivated athlete. However, after receiving his first NBA championship he became extrinsicly motivated as well. Yes, he loved the game and he enjoyed the game to a great extant but I think that winning multiple championships was his ultimate goal. He was the ultimate competitor and being able to hold up that golden trophy at the end of the NBA season was what I think he visualized day in and day out. As Type 3 personality he could handle losing but he didn’t take it well. If he were to lose that would only motivate him to work harder to make sure he never felt that way again and that is why he won so often.