Golf is not necessarily the most watched television sport in America, like say football or baseball, but this past weekend provided some interesting drama for the common viewer. Tiger Woods came in second in the PGA Championship. Even the least of us golfing fans probably know that Tiger is one of the greatest golfers of all time. He may be known even more for his “fall from grace” a few years back when it was disclosed that he had multiple mistresses and a secret life which certainly played a role in his divorce, resulted in the loss of massive advertising dollars, and a derailment from golfing super-stardom.
He’s been on the comeback trail for several years since these disclosures. He’s also been through four surgeries and at least one rehab stint. All in all it’s been a roller coaster ride of a comeback and many doubted if he would ever return to any of his former competitive greatness. In his early efforts he was really bad. Short shots from close to the green would either not make it to the green or sale over the green like your common weekend duffer. It wasn’t looking good.
So this year he’s finally been healthy enough to compete and he’s done superbly well. It’s been slow and steady but he’s returning to his former excellence. Most weekend hackers don’t know the name of the the PGA Championship winner from this past weekend, but they know Tiger came in second. I commented to my wife that when Tiger plays in any tournament these days his every shot is covered by the play by play commentary, while current golfers of greater rank are “fillers” for time between Tigers shots. When Tiger plays people watch. He’s great for golf and for the ratings.
I’m impressed folks. My hats off to Tiger. He’s always been a superb, competitive machine of a golfer and he proved it on the course up until he got nuked by his own bad choices and some unkind health issues. But that’s the beauty of Tiger. He’s an over-comer. He could have quit for good. He could have said it’s too difficult, too embarrassing to remake his game in front of the public’s intrusive eyes. But he didn’t do that. He kept the dream and persevered. He didn’t give up or give in to the obstacles he faced, both internal and external.
Here’s the rub. How about you and me? The average person doesn’t overcome because they don’t dream at all. They are not internally free to dream. Hope has disappointed them too often, maybe even early in life, and so getting by and making a living is the sum of their aspirations. That’s unfortunate.
My advice. Don’t be average. Pursue a dream or figure out why you’re not free to dream. When you figure that out stay in the game. Persevere. It’s not a cliche – it’s mandatory for success.