Can You Be the Jeremy Lin of Your Workplace?

I simply can’t let the Linsanity pass without getting involved. It’s just too much fun.

The short story if you’ve somehow missed it: Jeremy Lin played high school basketball in Palo Alto and in college for Harvard. He received no athletic scholarships and remained undrafted after college. Eventually making his way to the NBA, he mostly sat on the bench, most recently for the New York Knicks.

Then, a few weeks ago, due to a variety of unlikely factors, he was called off the bench and shocked the world by scoring a whopping 25 points against the New Jersey Nets. He’s led the New York Knicks on a major winning – er, Linning – streak ever since. He’s now their starting point guard.

Besides the fact that everyone loves Lin puns and it’s just an amazing, feel good story, I really do believe there is a major career lesson in Jeremy Lin’s come-out-of-nowhere stardom.

If you’re Linspired by Jeremy Lin, ask yourself this question: What if, like Lin, you received the chance of a lifetime in your career? What would you do with it?

Would you be prepared if it arrived tomorrow? If not, what can you do now to better prepare for a big opportunity? (Remember the classic saying, “luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity.”)

That’s it. Think about the most amazing thing that could possibly happen in your career and start planning for it now. Today.

What do you think of the Jeremy Lin phenomenon? Please share!


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Lindsey is a globally recognized career and workplace expert and the leading voice on generational diversity. She has spoken for more than 300 audiences including Google, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder, Stanford and Wharton. Lindsey is the author of four career and workplace advice books, and her insights have appeared in media outlets including The TODAY Show, CNBC, NPR, the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal.


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