HR Strange But True!
March 01, 2012

February was the month of Jeremy Lin. The New York Knicks guard’s rise to stardom is everywhere you turn, the Internet, TV, the radio, and now, even HRSBT.

In the last month, the basketball star has become an icon, even leading to the new catchphrase, Lin-sanity. While Lin’s performance is impressive, it’s the effort to get where he is and his reaction to success that business leaders should be learning from.

A recent Forbes column identified a few key attributes:

Dedication. The Harvard graduate didn’t go to school on an athletic scholarship. Furthermore, he didn’t make the All-Ivy League First Team until his senior year. Now he’s in the NBA!

Focus. (Seems Lin and Meryl Streep have something in common!) Not all press coverage has been positive, but Lin has remained focused. For example, after the infamous ESPN headline containing a racial slur, Lin was gracious. In an interview he said, “I don’t think it was on purpose or whatever, but they have apologized and so from my end I don’t care anymore.”

Teamwork. Despite his current place in the spotlight, Lin continually acknowledges his teammates, such as in a recent Facebook post, “This team is so unselfish and has so much heart. Love playing with them!”



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