I think it’s high time we all learn something inspirational from the experiences of an inspiration to all of us, Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin may be an unknown figure to many but he has gotten some major press and popularity, a sensation that is inspiring the nation. There are numerous lessons and takeaways we can learn from the life and the experiences of Jeremy Lin but I’ll discuss the Top 5 Things We Can All Learn from Jeremy Lin.

Being an Asian, Jeremy Lin had to go through many obstacles while entering the American professional sporting arena. Even after being a part of the NBA, he still had a great deal of opposition and skepticism from the others in the league. Regardless of all this, he overcame the criticism and concentrated on his passion and the fine tuned his talents. He is one of the first players of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA to achieve this level of success.

Before going into the list, we should know and understand the complexities he has had to go through. Because of unjust criticism he did not get a scholarship from California, although he topped the list of first team of All-State of the year. He went to Harvard on his own, without any financial aid. Then while at Harvard, he set numerous records which include 21 wins but he was still considered subpar and went undrafted. Long story short, after a somewhat trying period – he ended up with the New York Knicks and the rest as they say is History.

Here are the Top 5 Things We Can All Learn from Jeremy Lin:

1. The most prominent one among these five is “believe in yourself.” Being a team member of the New York Knicks, he was always overshadowed by the other more prominent stars such as Carmelo Anthony,  Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler… the list goes on. He learned to have faith in himself and when given the chance, he ran with it. “Luck is the very moment when preparation meets opportunity and when your number is called, will you be ready?”

2. The second thing that Jeremy Lin considers important is practice. “It takes 10, 000 hours,” which essentially means that you need to practice and practice until you get perfect. Even if you are performing well during your practices, keep performing till the last minute.

3. The third and the most inspiring thing is “tenacity counts.” Being Asian, he had to go through many obstacles, but he kept his resistance strong and faced the criticism and biased decisions with patience and servitude.

4. The fourth one is “the risks come before rewards,” which teaches us that the results may seem glorious to us but before reaching that, we’ll have to walk through uneven paths of life.

5. Finally, the fifth thing on which Jeremy Lin emphasized is “do not brag.” That is that one should accept the failure and success with grace. It is a team sport and a single person cannot carry the load.

There is a quote by Vince Lombardi that sums it up fairly well, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

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