Knicks Star Jeremy Lin: Teaching Us Some Great Lessons

Last night, the Knicks won their seventh game in a row- after struggling all season. The big change has been point guard Jeremy Lin, was until ten days earlier, was sitting on the bench, waiting and hoping to get a chance to play.

Jeremy is unusual in three major ways.  He’s the first Taiwanese-American in the NBA. Only three Harvard grads have made it to the NBA before Jeremy. And, he was undrafted, unwanted and was almost shipped back to the development league two weeks ago. During the NBA holdout last fall, Lin was bunking with his brother; sleeping on the couch in his apartment and hoping for an opportunity to play in the NBA. 

Now, in the last five games, Lin has averaged 23 points, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds while playing almost 37 minutes out of each 48 minute. He is a worldwide sensation with over 200,000 followers on Twitter and 800,000 on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter and Facebook. His #17 jersey is the hottest selling item at the NBA store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. A sports blogger, Bryan Harvey suggested that the amazing thing about Lin is that “in a world of infinite data and endless observation, Lin has now broadsided us like an unseen torpedo, fired from a submarine we didn’t know existed.”

But this story is larger than basketball. Eric Jackson in Forbes last week recapped Jeremy Lin’s earlier struggles and now successes. Mr. Jackson believes all of us can learn ten important work principles from the Jeremy Lin story:

  1. Believe in yourself when no one else does.
  2. Seize the opportunity when it arises. 
  3. Your family will always be there for you, so be there for them. 
  4. Find the system that works for you.
  5. Don’t overlook talent that might exist around you today on your team.
  6. People will love you for being an original, not trying to be someone else.
  7. Stay humble.
  8. When you make others around you look good, they will love you forever.
  9. Never forget about the importance of luck or fate in life.
  10. Work your butt off.

Kudos to Jeremy Lin. We thank him for demonstrating important work lessons. Let’s hope his success continues- except, of course, when the Knicks play the Bulls.

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