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47 Best Earvin Magic Johnson Quotes (SUCCESS)

Top 11 Most Famous Earvin Magic Johnson Quotes to Inspire You

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
In life, winning and losing will both happen. What is never acceptable is quitting.
In life, winning and losing will both happen. What is never acceptable is quitting.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
I grew up poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams.
I grew up poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams.
Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people.
Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself – but whether you can bless other people.
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.
If you're a competitive person, that stays with you. You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.
If you’re a competitive person, that stays with you. You don’t stop. You always look over your shoulder.
You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.
You’re the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.
I’m a big believer in dreaming. If you don’t dream it, you can’t become it.
I’m a big believer in dreaming. If you don’t dream it, you can’t become it.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.
They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.

26 Inspirational Earvin Magic Johnson Quotes on Life, Business, and Success

“I really want people to know that I’ve worked hard, very hard, to get to where I am today.. this didn’t just happen overnight. I started in business over 25 years ago and have found a way to build on what I’ve learned through every partnership and opportunity.”

Magic Johnson
I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.
I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.
Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.
Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.
Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
Research your idea. See if there’s a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don’t know if there’s a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team. No one can do every deal alone.
When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team. No one can do every deal alone.
We all have to play as a team to make the world a better place.
We all have to play as a team to make the world a better place.
Assists is what Earvin is all about. That’s what my whole life has been, assisting others.
Assists is what Earvin is all about. That’s what my whole life has been, assisting others.
It’s a lot of energy that goes into winning a championship… I’m not settling for anything less than winning.
It’s a lot of energy that goes into winning a championship… I’m not settling for anything less than winning.
If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to use every connection you’ve got.
If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to use every connection you’ve got.
I look three to five years ahead, not 10 years behind.
I look three to five years ahead, not 10 years behind.
If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back even more to the community.
If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back even more to the community.
Don’t give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard.
Don’t give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard.
Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time certainly earns my respect.
Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time certainly earns my respect.
I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.
If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.
I’ve always been a leader my whole life. I’ve always led. I didn’t know how to do anything else.
I’ve always been a leader my whole life. I’ve always led. I didn’t know how to do anything else.
If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them.
If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them.
I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I’m going to work toward those goals.
I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I’m going to work toward those goals.
When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.
When I’m under the gun and I’ve got pressure on me, I don’t panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.
I often tell people when you make a mistake, you not only hurt yourself, but you hurt the ones that love you.
I often tell people when you make a mistake, you not only hurt yourself, but you hurt the ones that love you.
When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.
When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.
If you want someone to be your mentor, you better be ready to listen and be humbled.
If you want someone to be your mentor, you better be ready to listen and be humbled.
I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.
I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.
Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious.
Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious.
You don’t have to be Magic to be special. You’re already special, you’re you.
You don’t have to be Magic to be special. You’re already special, you’re you.
Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could’ve had.
Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could’ve had.

10 Earvin Magic Johnson Quotes on Health and HIV/AIDS

My having HIV has no bearing on my business.
My having HIV has no bearing on my business.
As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.
As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.
HIV changed my life, but it doesn't keep me from living.
HIV changed my life, but it doesn’t keep me from living.
Life doesn’t stop because something happens to you.
Life doesn’t stop because something happens to you.
I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.
I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.
It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.
It’s a burden trying to keep a secret. It’s hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.
The best doctors and medicine in the world can’t save you if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do.
The best doctors and medicine in the world can’t save you if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do.
I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.
I tell you, it’s funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.
I’m at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.
I’m at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.
I do not have bad days. I don’t wake up in the morning and think that I’m going to get AIDS. I don’t dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I’d be giving in to the negativity.
I do not have bad days. I don’t wake up in the morning and think that I’m going to get AIDS. I don’t dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I’d be giving in to the negativity.

Earvin Magic Johnson Short Biography

Born on 14 August 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, United States, Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a former American basketball player and business man. 

Johnson entered Michigan State in 1977 and played point guard under Jud Heathcote

After two years of college basketball, Johnson was drafted into the NBA in 1979 and was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers

Johnson is the fist rookie ever to be awarded the NBA Finals MVP award in 1982. In the 1981-1982 season the Los Angeles Lakers made the NBA Finals once more, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers.

At the height of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, during a routine physical check-up, Earvin discovered that he had contracted the HIV/AIDS virus. Upon finding out about his diagnosis Johnson established the Magic Johnson Foundation in an effort to support HIV/AIDS research.

Earvin Magic Johnson retired from the NBA in 1991 but returned to play on the Olympic Dream Team in 1992 (together with Larry Bird and coach Chuck Daly). He permanently retired in 1996. 

Magic Johnson was the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017.

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