No, I am not a golfer and the sport has no interest for me, even at this time of year, when I live less than five miles from where the Byron Nelson Tournament is played. I was driving by the course today, watching them set up, and the idea came to me of who else I need to have something in common with.
Tiger Woods is one of the youngest record-breakers in golf history. And, while I know nothing of the sport, I do know success. When it comes to golf, Tiger Woods is a great success.
Many of the stories about Tiger Woods share how talented he was, even at a young age. He was able to beat his father in golf at age 11 and his dad was playing his best game. Tiger’s dad said he was never been able to beat him again.
Since I’m not a fan, I’m sure I do not know all the back-story, but I’m sure that despite this man’s pure talent for golf, he still practices to make it happen. Many people tell me about how much my writing has inspired them, and many think I am a natural at this. Ask my wife who edits these posts how much I learn each month about the English language.
But no matter the talent level some may think I have as a writer, I still must write every day and still must do all the research for this blog as well as books I am writing. Each and every day.
The thing I need to have in common with Tiger Woods is the dedication to better myself. I learned to become dedicated to writing after age 40 as a way to bring my passion of taking a message of entrepreneurialism to the world.
Imagine where I would have been if I had started at age 11! You see, I look back how much of my life has passed and say, “Wow. I’d better get busy.” We cannot change our past, but with some dedication you can change your future. That is where I need to learn from Tiger Woods to be dedicated to my future – to becoming a better speaker, learning to market more, writing more training materials, and finding more solutions to the problems of the modern-day entrepreneur.
What do you need to learn? I know many of you who read my blog are also golfers. How much practice are you putting into your game to become better? Let’s face it: Tiger has a head start on you. But your goal should never be to be the next Tiger Woods. Your goal should always be to be a better you tomorrow than you were today.
Are you willing to accept the challenge and become better at life? At business? I look forward to hearing your story and how you became better.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: Be watching for the new book, You Can Always Get What You Want, due out soon. Stay tuned for the launch. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you.