The Jeremy Lin story has inspired the media to spin wordplays like Linsation, Linsanity, and Linternational. It’s been a while since the world has been swept away by something like this. In fact, I’ve never seen anything like it before, someone going from bench player to hero in a matter of days and a few games.
Jeremy Lin’s story works because we see a little of ourselves or what we want for ourselves in him, the undervalued rising from the ranks. Beyond the buzz and the media frenzy, Jeremy Lin is making me sit down and think about adjectives and facts of life. Yes, I could use some descriptions here.
Jeremy Lin went from relative obscurity to overwhelming popularity in early February. His story is a reminder that you don’t have to start stellar or be drafted right out of high school like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant to make a name for yourself. Take that to a broader perspective, life in general. To achieve big success, our initial step need not be a leap. Sometimes, we just acquire the momentum along the way – picking up inspiration, a learning here or wise counsel there, as we move on the path. And then when we’re ripe for success, we just nail it. It doesn’t matter if we meet setbacks along the way; what’s important is we have the heart to go on.
Jeremy Lin was already a star player in his own right before he came to the league, but I like to believe that the NBA is the ultimate dream of every basketball player. He dreamed, worked hard, got cut from two teams, but made it through – big-time.
The lesson is – if you lose your job or anything of great value, it’s not the end of the world.
Jeremy Lin brought back New York’s excitement for basketball, what fans expected Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire would do. In the era of the LA Lakers’ multiple Finals appearances, the Boston Celtics’ awesome trio, and Dirk Nowitzki’s Finals heroics, Jeremy Lin has given Knicks fans new reasons to watch basketball.
You’ll never know how talented a person is until he has shown you what he can do or until he has been given the opportunity to prove himself. Jeremy Lin already had the talent a long time ago. He just needed someone to recognize that talent and give it a chance.
From being a bench player to a starter, Jeremy Lin almost-singlehandedly carried his team to eight wins out of nine games, which is enough, according to reports, to put the New York Knicks in championship contention. This is all because somebody recognized his talent.
You might have a Jeremy Lin in your midst now. Your bench warmer might be your next superstar.
Despite his exponential rise to fame, Jeremy Lin remains grounded in faith, calling his newfound fame a blessing and a miracle, giving credit to God for what he has achieved. Passages from the Bible have helped him through in his struggles earlier in his career. His example reminds me of the importance of sticking to one’s convictions and principles no matter what happens. That’s unshakeable.
Humility is what makes Jeremy Lin’s Cinderella Man story more appealing. In this world where the best, biggest, and brightest are kings and queens, the motto is always “I am the best and I rule.” But Jeremy Lin does things quite differently. When praised for his performance, he passes the credit to his teammates.
We need someone like him to show us success is sweeter without trash talk and self-promotion.
Jeremy Lin has led his team, as of this writing, to eight wins in a little over two weeks. These include a win over the reigning champions, Dallas Mavericks, where he scored 28 points and 14 assists.
I’m impressed with basketball players who are pure scorers, but more so with those with high assist statistics. I’m impressed with people who have so much talent to give to the world or to share to the world, but I admire those who tirelessly support others to achieve their dreams.
Jeremy Lin doesn’t just score. He also helps his teammates score.
Success isn’t automatic even for the schooled. Jeremy Lin is a Harvard graduate, but success wasn’t handed to him on a platter. He practiced and trained.
As an Asian, I’m happy to see another Asian succeed, but it’s not an issue of race or heritage. It’s what I would feel for anyone who achieves enormous success yet remains down-to-earth.
Success sees no color. It just rewards hard work and perseverance.
Jeremy Lin’s story makes me think of nouns: work, humility, and heart. It’s a comeback story we can all learn from. It reminds us that, with faith and perseverance, we can be more than what we are now, or go higher than what we have achieved so far.
We are plagued by this defeatist mentality, always consumed with hopeless sighs, but here’s a young man who has been cut from two teams, glad to be playing, and thinks of all these as a blessing.
Jeremy Lin has been embraced by the media, sports fans, and non-sports fans around the world, but it doesn’t mean there are no haters. There are, and there will always be. That’s a fact of life. I hope the Jeremy Lin story will just keep rising.
I’ve never seen any other athlete rise to fame as quickly as he did. Meteoric is the adjective.