By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR
Sunday’s Masters Golf Tournament was a win for the masses. I find that society has grown so sick of self-absorbed athletes, and that is why Jordan Spieth’s victory, a humble, 21-year old, who carried each swing towards victory with class and grace was the beginning of a new era. Of course this young professional athlete has a far and long-reaching career ahead of him. There is much to be experienced and learned about living in the limelight for life proves that it is as much about process as it is about results. This proves true too in regards to building one’s career. Businesses are a majorly team operation. One bad sport is a bad hire and is accordingly therefore also bad for business. As the leading authority on buying, selling and fixing businesses and the best selling author of “Sell Your Business for More than It’s Worth,” my experience and expertise has repeatedly shown me that businesses who are owned by people servicing a WHY that is bigger then themselves is the ones that excel and become great role models. If Woods continue his un sportsmanship then he will be not only kicked off the greens, but will loose the green in the process.
The last youthful player, just a few months younger than Speith to win the Masters was back in 1997. That athlete was indeed Tiger Woods. How far the mighty has fallen. I think his golfing addiction drove a wedge between his attitude and the nature of the game. In recent years, Woods has demonstrated he cannot help but make a spectacle of himself. From affairs to a whiny attitude, the prince of golf seems to have indeed been dethroned. Woods must now face the consequences of his attitude. In the past Woods has been known to drop out of tournaments when he was not performing well. That is such a bad attitude. Get it together. It is afterall a game, and one you are lucky enough to be paid to play in. This past weekend has been an eye opener for Wood, who was forced to see the light following Speith’s great game and winning finish. I think it takes a very strong character of humble composition to uphold their morale and composure through thick and thin times. Unfortunately, this is no easy feat.
Professional athletes, starlets, rock stars and other forms of celebrities are the contemporary gods of this culture’s era. That is the reality of the situation, and so despite personal issues and that lost fact that stars are too also humans that make mistakes, they must demonstrate that they are more than that or are capable of rising beyond their mistakes, because people are looking up to them. People want to emulate them. People sometimes hate them because they aren’t them. It is disappointing that Woods couldn’t get through the tournament without swearing into microphones, taking out his frustrations on the game instead of managing to keep his integrity. The man always seems to be “teed” off from the start, driving the ball almost beyond the green, and never able to p”utt” it behind him, or “putt” his foot in his mouth. Ultimately, that is what led him to hurting himself this weekend. It’s hard to imagine that a golf legend, such as Tiger Woods, could manage to hit the root of a tree with his club and pop his wrist in the process while proceeding to swear…how beginner of him…how elementary! Let’s just hope that Speith may always remember his roots, working hard to be a good golfer – so that we can all continue to say he had a driving ambition.