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Learning from the Linsanity
By: Greg Miller
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If you haven’t heard or live completely off the grid, Linsanity has taken over the NBA. Jeremy Lin is the first American-born NBA player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent and only the fourth player ever in the league who has attended Harvard University.

His story for us is just the beginning, but for him it's more of a dream realized. In his first four starting games with the NY Knicks he has scored more points (109) then any player in NBA history in their first four-game debut. (I believe Michael Jordan scored 99 points his first four starts). He also currently has the Knicks on a five-game winning streak, their longest thus far this season. But before getting to this point, Lin was undrafted, had been cut several times from other teams, played in the D-League, and was sleeping on his brother's couch because he didn’t even have a guaranteed contract.

So what does any of this have to do with digital media?

We now live in a world where it has become much easier to make your voice heard and stand out. There are numerous platforms now available for you to take advantage of; a plethora of ways to connect with people and form friendships. And unlimited opportunities to achieve success, however you may define it.

The NBA has always been the NBA. Sure, over the course of its history, a lot has changed. The players, the money, the fan base. But in order to be a good player and stand out, talent alone has just never been enough. Talent will only get you but so far. It’s always been about doing the work, putting in the time, and doing everything possible to live out your dream.

The reason Linsansity exists is because Jeremy has put in the time and done the work. And when he finally got his time to shine he made sure not to disappoint. The talent was always there and he’s been doing the work since high school. But it was the opportunity that helped Linsanity explode as it has.

So if what they say about opportunity and preparation is true, Jeremy Lin is a living example.

So I guess the question is: How are you taking advantage of the opportunities presented to you in this new digital age?

If you want to write, start writing. Nobody is stopping you.

If you want to get published, get published. Many of the gatekeepers have lost their keys.

If you want to help people, just help someone. There are so many charities that now make it easy to give and help anyone, anywhere in the world with the click of a mouse.

If you want to change your life, then change your life. It is essential for you to be who you were meant to be and discover your own talents.

Technology is never going to stop evolving. And neither should you. You must prepare and be ready for your night on the stage. You must always have your sights set on your true goals. Because you never really know when that opportunity will happen.

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About the Author
Greg Miller is an IT Support Pro, digital evolutionist, NBA fanatic, and the founder\editor of LifeAppolution where you can learn to get more from life one app at a time. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @LifeAppolution.
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