The Legend Himself

Michael Jordan is a global phenomenon in and of himself. Throughout the course of his 15 seasons of professional basketball, he left an indelible impact on the hearts and minds of the youth of America, winning game after game, achieving such extraordinary results as to have been frequently cited as the greatest basketball player of all time. He’s also an accomplished businessman and a terrific philanthropist. You may have even bought some shoes because Michael Jordan fronted them on television. To say he resonates with people would be a colossal understatement – truly, there are few better choices if you’re thinking about penning a research paper on a living, breathing person.

Before you can tackle that paper, though, you’ll want an outline, and like MJ himself, you’ll want to bring your A-game! In today’s article, we’ll help you build the very best outline possible, and if you’d like further assistance this resource can help you out. You’ve got this!

Net-Surfing and Idea-Crafting

So you’ve already got your topic figured out but you need to start digging up information on him. Maybe you’re the biggest Michael Jordan fan you’ve ever met, but we’re willing to bet there are still some things about him you never knew! He’s a prolific fellow and plenty has been written on him. With the internet at your fingertips, you should begin your outline by conducting a thorough search through his biography, his career, his ideals, and more. Jot down everything that really sticks with you and begin shaping it all into a solid thesis statement. You can find your writer’s ‘voice’ in the process, locking down precisely what it is you’ll be conveying in your essay!

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Spend Plenty of Time Laying Brickwork

Yes, brick-laying! Your outline should operate as a structural mainframe for when you start your essay, so you’ll want to develop your thoughts as you go about listing your net findings. Although we’ve already mentioned it in the previous paragraph, this is where you’ll really create a comprehensive main drive for your paper, exercising your brain until you know exactly what it is you’ll be arguing in your paper. Although this isn’t exactly a persuasive essay, you’re still going to want to have a primary purpose as you write, and for that primary purpose to shine, you’re going to need to know what you’re talking about and be going somewhere with that information. So in a lot of ways you really will be arguing – academically!

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Organize Your Notes and You’re Good to Go!

Great news: you’re almost done! Once you’ve conducted your research and structured your thoughts, simply organize everything into a neat outline you’ll be able to reference as often as necessary. Maybe you’ll want separate sections for each phase of Michael Jordan’s life, with a few divisions for his exhaustive basketball career as well. Or perhaps you’d rather compile your data in broad strokes, such as his ethical approach, his refined style of health and nutrition, his business acumen, and so forth. Whatever works for you! Remember, your outline is about you; it’s designed to help you when you’re penning your paper, so there’s really no wrong way to go about things.

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Now that you’ve got a fantastic head start, you’re ready to begin your paper in earnest. We’ll leave you with one of our favorite quotes from the man himself.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”