When he was two years old, he beat Bob Hope in a putting contest. At five, he appeared in “Golf Digest.” At 22, he became the youngest player ever to win the Masters Tournament. In 2008, he made more money than any other professional athlete in the world: Tiger Woods.
He has been deemed a child prodigy, a superstar, a phenomenon: Tiger Woods.
In the past, I’ve seen Tiger as one of those guys who is just born into destiny and never gets off the trail. Seemingly, he always knew what he wanted and was gifted with the exceptional focus needed to get him there. I’ve admired him, but have never really thought that there is anything I could learn from him. You either have it or you don’t. And I don’t: I wasn’t born with a consuming desire and exceptional focus. Rather, I am fascinated by absolutely everything and can get sidetracked by almost anything. You get the picture.
With the current hoopla over Tiger’s personal life, though, I see a sort of RoadTurn moment for him. How he deals with this situation will either propel him on to a higher level, or head him in a different direction. That’s my take. And I’m not talking about his social standing, but his relationship to himself. I say, “Go, Tiger. Don’t give up. Let the critics have their shots, make the adjustments you need, and keep on going…”
Here are some quotes from the champ:
I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for–getting paid for doing what you love.
My main focus is on my game.
I’m trying as hard as I can, and sometimes things don’t go your way, and that’s the way things go.
You can always become better.
One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it.
I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course.