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Tim Grover, who was Jordan's personal trainer, talks about the thing that he admires the most about him.

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Tim Grover was Michael Jordan's trainer for many years, and during that time, Grover had a chance to get to know Jordan a lot better than a lot of other people. Spending countless hours working out together, Grover fully understood the mindset and the approach Jordan had to practice but also getting absolutely focused on the goals that were in front of him at all times.

Grover said Jordan tended to shut down everything that would distract him from getting better as a player. All the endorsements, promotions, and other events were not something he concerned himself with because he knew the competition is fierce, and if he wants to stay at the top, he needs to work hard consistently.

"Michael would shut down everything outside of basketball and just train. Three workouts a day: workout, golf break, workout, lunch, golf break, workout, dinner, bed. Every day. No commercial shoots, no promotional tours, no events. Just work, because he knew better than anyone else that all the outside stuff was the result of hard work on the inside, not the other way around. Shoe deals and commercials don't make you an icon. Being unstoppable makes you an icon. And being unstoppable only comes with hard work. Be professional.

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After Jordan's father died, there was a lot of emotional pressure on Jordan whether he would come back as the same player. Grover said he admired Jordan a lot after that incident because he came back and found enough motivation to prove the world he is still the best player in the game of basketball.

"That's the one thing I admired so much about Michael when he was going through the grief of his father's death; he came back and did what he had to do, at an even higher level. Do the work. There is no privilege greater than the pressure to excel, and no greater reward than earning respect and fear of others who can only stand in awe of your results."

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