Anyone who wasn’t living under a rock in 2012 heard about “Linsanity.” Jeremy Lin now plays for the Houston Rockets, but the winning streak he helped the New York Knicks put together in 2012 was one of the most inspiring sports stories in recent memory. In October, a documentary on Lin will be released, and the trailer to “Linsanity” looks like the tickets will be worth the price of admission.
There are two main quotes in the trailer to “Linsanity” that indicate this is much more than a documentary for basketball fans:
“You don’t get better if you win all the time. You look at yourself more when you lose,” (Jeremy Lin).
“That’s all I dream about: hitting a game winner, doing a pose, and walking off. … That’s like all I did growing up. I wanted to know what that felt like,” (Jeremy Lin).
First off, the world is about contrasts. We need contrast in order to appreciate different experiences. That’s why failure and setback can be an invaluable tool. Successful people view their failures as learning experiences that can help propel them to the next level. Competitors are not our enemies — they are our friends. They push us out of our comfort zone and into realms of excellence that would be unimaginable to our younger selves.
Jeremy Lin always wanted to know what it felt like to rise to the occasion on the world’s biggest stage — and he did. No matter where his career takes him, the 2012 season will never be able to be taken from him. Life is filled with special moments that are uniquely yours, and every day you have a choice focus on the blessings or unproductively dwell on the setbacks.
“Some of those experiences out there when I was on the court — I felt like I was being controlled by something else. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience,” Lin says at the start of the trailer. Out of body experiences are a very real thing, but part of what was probably going on was that the experiences felt like a dream because — by his own admission — he had been dreaming of those very moments since he was a kid, and now they were manifesting into his physical reality.
The moral of the story is to dream big. Dream big and then live your life like you expect those dreams to become a reality. Believe that it’s not a matter of if your aspirations will be realized, but when. Then prepare. Work hard. Work as if your opportunity to turn a dream into reality could happen at any second, and failing to prepare will mean you’ve prepared for failure.
Then, when it all unfolds just as you knew it would, take time to pause and really experience the moment so that you will have it ready for recall for the rest of your days.
I’m not sure what the theater count will be for this documentary, but if it’s remotely near my house I’ll be seeing it in the theaters.