Losing focus on winning will naturally translate into a lower rate of success. For LeBron and Jordan, the proof is in the numbers.
Both LeBron and Jordan were always very successful in the regular season. LeBron, like Jordan, led his team to the NBA’s best record on numerous occasions.
The difference between the two arises after the regular season. Both LeBron and Jordan were not very successful in the playoffs early in their careers; however, LeBron did reach an NBA Finals very early in his career.
Jordan has gone to the NBA Finals six times in his career and has won each time. On the other hand, LeBron has reached the NBA Finals twice and has yet to win once.
LeBron did go to the Finals for the first time at a much younger age than Jordan. When LeBron went to the Finals in 2007 against the Spurs he was only 22 years old—Jordan was 28 years old when he went to his first Finals in 1991 against the Lakers.
Losing in the NBA Finals is not the major problem—most people won’t have an undefeated record in the Finals, especially if they reach the Finals six times. The greatest players of all time have all lost their own fair share of titles (with the exception of Jordan), but they usually make sure to have a winning record.
In order for LeBron to somehow match Jordan’s success, he needs to find a way to win two titles without losing another one. Though it may be possible, it will be difficult for LeBron to do, considering he hasn't won any yet.
Even if LeBron tries to erase his past and succeeds beyond expectations, his list of failures outweighs Jordan’s, and they will always be weighed against him.