Whether or not you are a fan of the game of golf, I have no doubt that you’ve heard the name Tiger Woods.
Five years ago, his name was synonymous with unparalleled success. He had dominated the professional golf circuit becoming the first athlete in the world (not just golf) to earn over one billion dollars. He had major endorsements that contributed to an even higher net worth. As a result, he was cited by Forbes as the second wealthiest black American next to Oprah Winfrey.
He gave several interviews from 1996 (his rookie year) to 2009 where he listed his Top 10 Tips for Success. Given what we all know happened in 2009 to this talented athlete, I thought it would be worth taking a look in the rear-view mirror to gather a few “lessons learned”.
Tiger’s Top 10 Tips for Success
1. Expect to win. Know in your heart that you are a winner.
2. Let your expectations show. Express no doubts; let your competitors and your friends know that you have none.
3. Work, practice, work, and practice some more. At the top of his field, he could still be seen hitting buckets of balls until dark – even if he’d just won.
4. Dress and act like a winner. This is a part of keeping yourself in a winning frame of mind.
5. Have a sense of drama – don’t create it but know it when you see it. You don’t have to seek out publicity, but know how to accept and use it when it comes to you.
6. Know that there is always room to grow. Being the best does not mean you can’t be even better.
7. Hang with the winners. They understand the pressures and situations in which you will find yourself.
8. Put yourself in situations where you are not known as a success. It may be difficult, but this helps you to stay real.
9. Value and protect your free time and do what you enjoy. The discipline of being a winner needs a safety valve from time to time.
10. Remember those who need help. Somewhere, someone helped you – be willing to give back.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” – Mohandas Gandhi
I’m sure that if Tiger bothered to go back and re-read his own words, he would instantly key in on his ninth point. I’m sure each of you chuckled as you read over it too.
Tiger’s career was significantly impacted by his pursuits during his “personal time”. The estimated shareholder fallout from his endorsing agencies was estimated between $5 billion and $12 billion dollars. His personal choices didn’t result in just personal loss.
He lost his marriage. He lost huge sponsorships (and the dollars associated with them). He lost over a year’s worth of playing time. He also lost credibility.
But more than anything else, he lost touch with what it felt like to be a winner.
That was 2009.
We have just entered into 2013, so why am I bringing up old news?
It’s simple- Tiger had a bad year. He lost many things and could have quit professional golf altogether, because let’s be frank- he doesn’t need the income!
At some point in all of our lives, we’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to pay the piper. And just like Tiger, we can overcome it.
So where is Tiger Woods today?
As of today- He’s ranked #3 in the world as a professional golfer- and he’s still working for that top spot.
No matter what your 2012 held- 2013 is a new year with new potential. If Tiger Woods can recover from his mistakes that were broadcast before the entire world- so can we.
Make 2013 the year you develop your “Tiger Vision”. See what you want to accomplish, and set about doing it despite whatever setbacks you may face!
Have a wonderful week!
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