I will try not to bore you with yet another lesson from this year’s Master’s Golf Tournament, but I just can’t help myself.
Yes, we witnessed one of the sports most impressive comebacks from a man who has just gone through a less-than-attractive chunk of life. Like him or not for your own reasoning what Tiger Woods recently accomplished qualifies him as a poster-child for resilience, commitment, hard work and belief in one’s self. I suppose it also serves as an affidavit not to play to the wrong audience. Many, if most, golfing aficionados had crossed him off as “yesterday’s news.”
But today’s lesson has more to do with the three men who missed wearing the prestigious Green Jacket by a single wave of the arms. Three players missed by “one” stroke. Tiger took 275 swings to complete 72 holes. The next three took 276. For you mathematicians, that equates to less than one-third of 1%. For you non- mathematicians, that is a smaller differential than a blink of a gnat’s left eye.
Every swing, every missed shot, every bad bounce and every misread green over the four-day period was significant. (Just one shot, remember?)
And so it is with you and in your game of business. From the time you get up in the morning until you turn off your bedside light calling it a day, everything you do will make a difference. Waiting until the final round, or the next day, week or month to begin focusing on your business objectives will more often than not prove to be too late. The difference between winning and almost winning often comes down to just one more shot.
Although I believe you have already internalized today’s message I will leave you with a closing quote as a final reminder for focusing early and relentlessly. These are the words of Casey Stengel:
“If my pitcher would pitch at the beginning of the game the same way he pitches at the end of the game once he realizes he is losing, he would not be losing in the first place.”
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