Jeremy Lin: New Model of Success

Jeremy Lin (Photo from Wikipedia)

Like any other tale, Jeremy Lin’s rise to fame is beginning to be overwhelming and in a matter of time will have a cloying taste. Maybe not yet. Amidst the hype over his overnight success, Lin’s humble gestures even offer far better appeal to his life story.

Jeremy Lin is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent (Source: Wikipedia).  A few months back, he was fighting to be on the backup spot and was on the 12th to 15th in line to play on court . But like the fiction movie, he creeped into the limelight by surprise and there you go- an instant hero. Here’s what Kobe Bryant said of Lin: “Players playing that well don’t usually come out of nowhere. It seems like they come out of nowhere, but if you can go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning. It probably just went unnoticed.” (ESPN.go.com )

What is Lin’s secret of success? Wasn’t he rejected by the big bosses? Surely we will all agree he proved them wrong. But it turned out that they were right. Lin, according to Dan Brown of mercurynews.com, was thriving because he realized they were right. He reinvented himself.  One of his coaches said “That’s the lesson here: If you don’t like the way things are going for you in a sport, don’t cry about it. Don’t whine to the coach. Do something about it.”

Truly, the instant hit was not at all a quick fix. It was a fruit of hard work and perseverance. Lin struggled to perfect his weak points, correct his bad habits and wrong mentality. He struck the ghost in him.

What are the lessons we learn from this new star if we want to copy his lucky streak? There’s no failure- only feedback. We need to overturn that negative thinking whenever we do not achieve something. Is it because we need to push some more or is it because we’re not doing the right thing? Take setbacks as feedback. That will be a lesson for you to hop a notch higher to where you want to go. Like Lin, we should take the outcome of our efforts as something to learn by. Only then can we start the process and try again– but of course not doing the same mistakes we made.

Lin is an inspiration not only to many aspiring players but dreamers who still believe and hope that one day they will achieve their goals in spite of the challenges. How did you face the negative outcomes of your life in the past?

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