Jeremy Lin is an unexpected success story out of the NBA.
In a nutshell, he was a star basketball player in high school. Although he was talented, colleges were not pounding down his door and handing him scholarships. Some colleges said he could try and walk on, and Harvard and Brown both said he could play for them. In the end, Lin chose to attend and play for Harvard.
His college career was impressive. He was selected All Ivy-League First Team, and Harvard had some great seasons while Lin played. However, the NBA was not begging Lin to come play. As a matter of fact, Lin was not even drafted in 2010. That didn’t deter Lin though. He went to the Dallas Mavericks mini camp and also played in their summer league. This got Lin noticed and next thing you know, Lin is getting offers from the Mavericks, Lakers, and Golden State Warriors. In the end, Lin signed with the Warriors, which was his favorite team growing up.
Lin did not stay long with Golden State, and he eventually ended up getting picked up on waivers by the New York Knicks in December of 2011. Lin was not guaranteed a very illustrious role – he was going to be third string point guard, although he was quickly assigned to the D League. However, the move worked out pretty well because Lin had a triple double in one of the D League games and ended up being recalled by the Knicks pretty quickly.
However, Lin still didn’t start and his roster spot was shaky at best. But, the Knicks started playing pretty poorly and coach Mike D’Antoni decided to let Lin have some play time. What happens next is an athletes dream come true:
On February 4th, Lin scored 25 points against the New Jersey Nets. He started the next game against the Utah Jazz and scored 28 points. On February 10th, Lin scored 38 points against the Lakers. Next thing you know, Lin is named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. That is an accomplishment you don’t see very often from a Harvard graduate!
Please Don’t Ever Change Lin!!
Whereas just about everyone loves a Cinderella story, what makes this story so wonderful to me is Lin himself. He is getting his 15 minutes of fame right now, and you don’t see him running around getting tattoos and hanging out in bars. Instead he is crashing on teammates couches and crediting God for his success. His priority is his friends and family, and not fame and fortune.
Of course, we are just at the beginning of Jeremy Lin’s story and time will tell what happens with his career and how he handles his new ‘status’. I just hope that he manages to stick to his values and doesn’t end up in the ‘fast lane’. It would be great if in five years we read about how superstar Jeremy Lin owns a cute house in the suburbs and lives a happy little life.
Dreams Can Come True!
Jeremy Lin’s story is a unique one, and quite extraordinary. However, it is just more proof that just about anything is possible. If Lin can go from Harvard to the NBA, think of all the smaller-scale things that are possible!
One of the things that holds many people back from chasing their own dreams is the fear of failure, or the thought that the dream or goal is just unattainable. Well, a lot of people meet their goals each and every day. Some goals are easier than others, but I really believe you can do just about anything if you have a strong work ethic, some intelligence, and the drive to succeed.
Keep in mind though, dreams do not come true overnight. You can’t expect to suddenly become a professional photographer if you don’t own proper equipment and have enough training. If you prepare yourself both emotionally, mentally, and financially, nothing should be able to stop you. Just make your plan, and go after it!
Does something stop you from chasing your dreams? Or, do you have a plan in place so you can live your dream?