His father worked as a General Electric plant supervisor, and his mother worked at a bank. His father taught him to work hard and not to be tempted by street life. His mother taught him to sew, clean, and do laundry. Jordan loved sports but failed to make his high school basketball team as a sophomore.
Was Michael Jordan poor growing up?
” One thing that Michael wasn`t good at, according to his father, was working. ”Michael is probably the laziest kid I had,” said James Jordan, who grew up the son of a poor farmer and was driving a tractor by the age of 10. ”If he had to get a job in a factory punching a clock, he`d starve to death.