I watched both interviews with Tiger yesterday. One with Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel and the one above with Tom Rinaldo of ESPN.
Both covered a lot of ground and both were fairly candid I thought. To me anyway, it certainly does look like a new Tiger – in a lot of ways.
He mentioned that he got away from his core values – which I imagine, might be fairly easy to do when you have access to almost anything as a mega millionaire and one of the most famous athletes on the planet.
In a strange way, this, obviously (and I say obviously because it could not have happened any other way) was something that Tiger’s life “needed” in some way to further his own spiritual growth.
Funny, earlier in the day, I was viewing a commencement speech by Steve Jobs that was eerily familiar to Tiger’s. Not so much in terms of content but in terms of growth and in terms of these dramatic life “events” being cornerstones to greater work and a more fulfilling life.
As Steve mentions in his address “You can never connect the dots looking forward. You can only do it looking backwards.”
Again, I would not be surprised to see Tiger’s future unfold in a much more powerful, giving and spiritual direction. One that is about bigger things than Tiger and golf itself. Of course, golf will be the vehicle but these past events, in some strange way, may be the best thing that ever happened to Tiger.
It is well worth listening to (clocks in at about 15 minutes) and can be found here: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
I would be curious to hear your thoughts.