Big business Mistakes: Why Adidas rejected Michael Jordan years ago…sending him to Nike instead!

There are lots of mistakes made in the business world, just like anywhere else.  However, every once in a while, we get to hear about truly epic mistakes, that changed the landscape of entire industries, forever.  When Michael Jordan came into the NBA years ago, he was offered a contract to represent Nike shoes.  At the time he was a fan of Adidas, and so he went back to Adidas and said if you come anywhere close to the offer they gave me, I will sign with you Adidas instead of Nike.  In what seems an almost laughable mistake now, Adidas rejected Michael Jordan, because he wasn’t “tall enough”.  The rest as they say of course is history.  If you would like to enjoy this article yourself, here it is in its entirety.  Here’s to all of us not making the same mistake in judgement in our own businesses.

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W.J. Vincent II has spent the last 20 years of his life building businesses from start-up to success in fields as varied as Real Estate, Technology, and Environmental Health. In January 2012, Natalia, his wife of 13 years, tragically passed away, her body having given in to her short but dramatic three-month battle with a brain tumor. Her sudden passing left W.J. a widowed father of a 1-year old baby girl and 4-year old boy of his own, along with a 12-year old boy and 15-year old girl he had been helping his mother-in-law to raise due to her battle with multiple sclerosis. Faced with a challenge greater than any he had known, W.J. was able to find strength and inspiration from the Bible. There were many miracles and messages that saw him through the darkest moments of his life.

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