Two posts ago, I told about how many library classes had read the book Salt in his shoes about the early life of Michael Jordan.  We also watched a short video clip showing some of Michael Jordan’s slam dunks.  However, after discussions with some of the grade 3, 4 and 5 classes, we realised that watching that clip made us think that Michael Jordan has always been successful. We forget that everyone has failed at something.

One of my favourite quotes from Michael Jordan, that I wrote on the chalkboard outside the library, is:

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

Our discussions reminded me of a commercial that Nike made showing Michael Jordan’s ‘failures’ and how he has become successful because he has learned from his mistakes. You can watch it here:


Michael Jordan


The book of this week is the inspiring story of the early life of basketball superstar Michael Jordan.  Salt in his shoes, written by his mother and his sister, is about Michael’s early determination to be the best basketball player he could be. He also wanted to be taller, so his mother suggested that they put salt in his shoes. This obviously didn’t work, but his practice, patience and positive will made him into what is still recognised as one of the best basketballers ever. To understand why, we watched a video of some of his slam dunks, and you can watch it here: