Freakonomics recently had an interview featuring the Asian American NBA point guard Jeremy Lin. It’s a pretty fascinating interview to listen to. While listening, Lin remarked on two different topics that struck me as pretty insightful.
- He’s not recognized for his athletic ability. He gave an example of… even though he’s as fast as a fellow NBA player (tied for 1st in the combine), he was only known for being “deceptively” fast. Being considered “deceptive” is pretty insulting. I haven’t fact check this but the other player was a black player named John Wall who was probably younger than Lin at the time of the combine.
- From his experience so far, he’s learned that purpose and communication are two key lessons he’s learned.