Say what you will about Tiger Woods or his recent performance, but you have to give his late father a lot of credit for instilling in his son a few exemplary traits in golf.
Fortune magazine asked influential leaders to share wise words that changed their lives forever. Here is what Tiger shared with reported Jessica Shambora in July 2009:
"When I was young, maybe 6 or 7 years old, I'd play on the Navy golf course with my pop. My dad would say, "Okay, where do you want to hit the ball?" I'd pick a spot and say I want to hit it there. He'd shrug and say, "Fine, then figure out how to do it."
"He didn't position my arm, adjust my feet, or change my thinking. He just said go ahead and hit the darn ball.
"My dad's advice to me was to simplify. He knew that at my age I couldn't digest all of golf's intricacies. He kept it simple: If you want to hit the ball to a particular spot, figure out a way to do it.
"Even today, when I'm struggling with my game, I can still hear him say, "Pick a spot and just hit it." When I'm making adjustments during a round, I know some of the television commentators theorize that I'm changing this or moving that, but really what I'm doing is listening to Pop."
As A Leader...
Whether you call Tiger's Dad's advice a life principle, a strategy, or simply an attitude -- it's proved extraordinarily valuable.
My suggestion: Ask yourself -- What are you passing on to those you are responsible for?
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