Jeremy Lin and Lindspiration
Good morning! I work in TV and when a few of my coworkers who know about this blog told me there's some guy Jeremy Lin stealing my Lindspiration thunder (ha ha ha), I had to find out who and what they were talking about! So, I turned on the KNICKS game last night and watched it start to finish, only to have my mind blown by the evening's star -- Harvard grad, no contract, 4th string turned starting point guard PHENOM, Jeremy Lin. Yeahhh!!!
Note: I have a basketball background and was a point guard. I played through senior year of high school and almost went out for the varsity team at Cornell but I decided to stick with just soccer. I know and love the game, although admittedly I usually prefer college hoops (men and women) to the NBA. Until now...
Jeremy Lin © Jim Mcisaac/Newsday/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com
As the Times wrote a few days ago in its piece, Lin's Success Surprising to Everyone, Morey concluded, “The reality is he has done more than all 30 teams thought he would do." This was written before his game/season high 38 points of last evening against the Lakers, when his shooting, passing, work off the picks and rolls, drives to the baskets and calm force of strength sent Kobe and the boys home packing! Pack-ing.
I bring this up for a lot reasons but mainly because a. this all just happened in about a week when he started breaking and killing it, b. he is incredibly humble and in every single interview deflects attention from himself onto the value of his team and c. is the perfect example of what happens when you're PERSISTENT and don't quit on yourself.
What if he listened to any talk in his head that could've potentially gone like this, "I'm 4th f*$()# string and sleeping on my brother's couch. I am not even sleeping bc I'm on the lower east side and these bars are hopping 24/7, ugh. No contract. Nobody really giving a shit what I do. I'm outta here."
If he had anything resembling that voice and listened to it, he would never be enjoying this dream come true.
So, Jeremy, if you are reading this blog I would like to say THANK YOU for being such a LINSPIRATION and if you are willing, I would love to interview you for this blog. Come on, #inspireitforward, yes yes yes! We can all continue to learn about the power of persistence from your example and will be watching!
To all of you reading, KEEP GOING!! Put your heart into it, never give up on yourself and GO!!!!
PS I was excited to learn yesterday that there's a player on the Lakers who calls himself Metta World Peace. Hearing sports announcers shouting "World Peace" this and "World Peace" kind of made my night.