Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Greatness


What if you could be like a Tiger Woods, the kind of athlete who comes along not once in a generation, but perhaps once in the history of a sport?

Well, if you ever caught the 60 Minutes documentary that featured Tiger Woods himself, you would have heard Tiger state, “what separates the great from those who are good, is the ability to repeat it again… and again… and again."

The reality is, it’s extremely difficult to be consistently great without adding a new challenge to your repertoire in order to repeat. Being consistent is perhaps the hardest challenge we all face and being the best does not come without sacrifice. As we age, we gain added responsibilities, and by choice or not come new challenges that must be mastered if we expect to continue to operate at a high level.

Remember high school: the days of sports, homework, sleep and late nights, and then university: the days of sports, homework, sleep and later nights. When our careers came, some of us gained weight from less activity, experienced less time with friends, and committed more time trying to become great at something that was foreign to us.

In today’s society there are two clashing ideologies. We have the “echo boomers”: the products of the baby boomers, who you may hear say, “Hey, I am going to renovate my house so that we can play “all in” no-limit Texas Hold’em, while listening to my Apple iPod and cruising in my pimped out ride”, and the baby boomers, who are more focused on the protectiveness of family and long-term gratification of a career.

The point is, when distractions are so rampant, the ability to achieve greatness in different things has become less realistic. So, understand this and when the opportunity to celebrate your own amazing successes presents itself, you need to do just that.

Tiger is just one example of greatness. For the last decade, he has dominated professional golf so completely that he has changed the game and come to exemplify the pursuit of excellence. Tiger has been ranked #1 in the world longer than any other golfer and is the youngest ever to win 10 major championships. This all stems from his passionate pursuit to never rest on the laurels of greatness.


Instead of believing he’s there, he tweaks an element of his game that puts himself ahead of…. himself.

No comments: