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A majority of motivation came from intrinsic factors. His inner drive to the be the best at basketball kept him focused on a simplified, singular goal: beat the competition. Although the fear of failure could have pushed him in some ways, it is important to note that Jordan recognized the reality that he couldn’t be successful 100% of time. Many athletes cannot handle that truth, and collapse under the pressure that the idea of failure presents. Jordan falls into the category of a Type III athlete because failure did not significantly damage his psyche or hinder his performance on the court. In fact, it can be argued that the fear of failure was more along the lines of an embrace of failure. Jordan used failure to constantly improve his game, adapt, and overcome the competition the next time a similar situation came up.