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Things Anyone Can Learn From Jeremy Lin

This year’s sports Cinderella seems to be NBA star Jeremy Lin.  The long time unnoticed player who is currently with the New York Knicks has metaphorically been on fire and stunned fans both inside and outside of basketball with his spectacular playing.  We thought now would be a good time to go over what he can teach people both inside and outside the sporting world.

1. Don’t give up on yourself – Even though he had a successful college basketball career, Lin was passed on by all professional teams.  Undeterred, he continued to play and looked for chances to improve himself whenever he could.  This included when he was eventually signed by teams and then cut a short time later.  It is a truly inspiring story for everyone who has ever come in last at anything to keep at it.

2. Race doesn’t matter – Outside of Yao Ming, it can be difficult for the lay person or even avid sports fan to name another Asian in the NBA. Lin, a Chinese American, is rumored to have encountered the stereotype that Asians can’t play basketball often in his career.  He proves that diversity is an inevitable part of sports and life and you should never judge someone by their appearance.

3. Take the good and the bad – One of the reasons Jeremy Lin has made headlines so instantly is that he scored a record breaking 136 points in his first five starting games, which is the most since the NBA became one league in 1976. However, Jeremy Lin also broke the record for most turnovers in his first seven games, proving that there is both good and bad performances in everyone, even NBA superstars.

4. Humility – In addition to the record breaking, Lin’s humility and praise of his teammates has also garnered him a lot of attention, which is refreshing in a league that has its share of boasters, trash talkers, and the occasional criminal offense. He has been dubbed the Tim Tebow of basketball and often praises his faith as a source of strength.  Lesson for others: showboating isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

5. Versatility – We’ve all heard about the kid who played college hoops and was drafted into the NBA right away.  But how many have you heard of that went to Harvard, got a degree, and can still play ball with the best of them?  By not pigeon-holing Lin or other players into labels like the “brain,” people can see the best of them.  It also doesn’t hurt that Lin can pass, shoot three pointers, and dunk with impressive ability.

Anthony Jones is a contributor all over the web and for http://sportsmanagementcolleges.com which helps those looking for a career in professional sports.

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Peace,

Change is the ultimate inevitability. Regardless of whom or what it must, and will, take place. It can do so positively or negatively depending on the cipher and the parties within it, which are both subject to its byproducts. In spite of the human tendency to freeze in the comfortable inertia of the status quo, change represents opportunity. This change is synonymous with the “chance” referenced in the knowledge understanding degree, which is all that is required to engineer a recovery from mental death, a reversal of fortune, or an exercise in refinement. The degree to which change and chances can be roped and bound is contingent upon the vacuum of individual lifespans, or time. On a macrocosmic level there’s no said limit to which either is subject, however, when viewed through the lens of a single life, their quantity becomes predicated upon the amount of time a person has to take chances which will lead to change. When I meditate on the relationship between the knowledge zig and the zag I realize that what once may have been an effective means by which to deal with a given situation may now be a rather archaic approach. Even if said methodology maintains salvageable elements, it requires updating, in the form of refinement, nonetheless. This is what constitutes elevation.

A prime example of a cipher which has now evolved, and requires careful and scientific updating, is the discipline of children. When I was a young God, the “Bernie Mac” approach was the standard in Black America. If you were grown enough to talk shit, you were grown enough to get fucked up…period. All that back talkin’ and disrespecting elders was the type of emphatic now cipher that was certain to bring a child physical justice of the swift and merciless variety. Might it have been brutal at times?? Certainly, but it was undeniably effective. In those days a neighbor could whip that ass if you got out of pocket, then take you home to your ole Earth, tell her what you did, and watch you get a second thrashing…ahhh the good old days when you could forcefully teach a kid respect. Fast forward to the present. If you breathe on a kid these days, they’ll lock you up. The little bastard can dial a hotline, scream abuse, and have the authorities investigating you and threatening to place them in a foster home at a terrific speed. Society has become soft to the point that adults are being hindered in their efforts to truly parent because it’s too difficult to draw the line of demarcation between the authority figure and the subjects in a household. It’s a sad thought to ponder, especially as the product of the “extension cord beating days”. Frankly, I resent the fact that after all the vicious ass whuppins’ I took, which helped to make me who I am and taught me valuable lessons, I have to live in a world full of heathens who are unjustifiably shielded from the same brand of justice. What the fuck makes their asses so precious that they shouldn’t be kicked? It’s a damn shame! And we wonder why our kids are dumb as hell and have no manners. It’s because of us…

Here’s what happened. Over the last knowledge power or so years America has become such a hypersensitive society that we’re now obsessed with sparing one another’s feelings. We physically and linguistically walk on egg-shells. Anything that may be the slightest bit hurtful, regardless of how true or warranted it may be, we won’t say or do, especially when it comes to our children. School years are becoming shorter and the amount of homework being assigned is decreasing. My Queen’s son is knowledge knowledge. Typically, he either doesn’t have any homework or has so little that he can finish it before he gets to the rest. Shiiiit when I was in the God grade I used to have a shit load of homework just about every night and we were given enough over the holidays to make sure we remained firm on a square. If I told my ole’ Earth that I didn’t have any on consecutive days she was ready to call the school to find out why. It’s no wonder this country is fucked. We’re literally raising generations of lazy, underachieving imbeciles. They have no concept of how each phase of life is a building block upon which the next one stands. The fact is, most successful people began to lay the groundwork for their future as children. I was already thinking about high-school in the 7th and 8th grades. In sophomore and junior year of high-school I was already thinking about college. Our young people need to develop a greater sense of urgency relative to scholastic advancement, and the required effort to generate it at an accelerated pace. Average simply will not cut it, especially for black children. In a society pervaded by a global white supremacy agenda, it’s imperative that we strive to be twice as good as they are knowing that the availability of opportunity is skewed in their favor. It’s also critical for us to realize that education must be supplemented in the home by parents and by the children themselves. We can’t depend on the school system to impart the amount of knowledge necessary for our youth to excel in a world that’s not designed for them to do so.

What it gets back to is time. How is it being spent? Where does our focus, and the focus of our children lie? What areas require refinement, and what changes are we making in order to bring it about? These are questions that must be asked and answered aggressively. I have a huge problem with the foolhardy notion among young people, that youth comes with a built in grace period during which it’s ok to be stupid. How senseless is it to set aside unpromised time for the express purpose of wasting it, in order to purge oneself of savage desires and curiosity? It’s far more practical to develop habits which surround the constructive use of time at an early age. In so doing, the promise of the future yields that much more allure and potential for prosperity. Additionally, it’s extremely important for adults to be pacesetters. Since the youth take their cue from us, we have to be examples. If our children see us stimulating our minds by reading and researching things instead of just watching tv and bullshitting around on facebook, then they’re prone to follow suit. We also need to be progressive and contrarian in our approach to encouraging our children’s pursuit of mind elevation. Instead of buying video games as birthday gifts, how about books? Spend some time in front of the computer WITH YOUR CHILD!!!!! Show them things, build with them on different sciences, ask them questions, and get in their heads. You can’t get a sense of their mental condition without taking their cognitive pulse. Mental stimulation can also be figured into the justice we serve them for their transgressions. Make them write definitions. Force them to write essays. Quiz them. The old-school way is not necessarily always the best way. Strive to be inventive and original. Every child is original self cipher, curriculums need to be tailored to the child’s strengths and weaknesses. The investment is well worth it and will dictate our future…teach them well and let them lead the way…(Shout out to Whitney…Peace Queen!)

Peace.
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