Tiger’s victory – an inspiration to many

April 19, 2019

A year ago I wrote that we all should be inspired by Tiger Woods’ comeback to competitive golf. The man who twenty years ago was on top of the world with record earnings, any commercial gig he desired, million dollar homes and was one of the richest athletes in the world saw it all come crashing down with four back surgeries, a protracted ugly divorce that brought front and center his many infidelities, and a DUI arrest.

Mike Wilcox Editor/Publisher


If we weren’t inspired then, we certainly were Sunday, when his life came full circle, and we watched with tear-filled eyes as he hoisted his children in the air after winning his first major golf tournament, The Masters, in twelve years. Tiger had just proven to us all that no matter what life throws at us we can comeback from it all with a large dose of determination and faith.
Tiger’s story is not unlike many of ours, granted his has been much more public. We all have faced struggles at times which we felt were insurmountable. Some of us have even contemplated suicide because our problems at a particular time in life seem greater than life itself.


Tiger made history. Many sports commentators claim his comeback to be the greatest in all of sports. I am here to tell you, however, that there are many instances of people changing course through sheer determination and faith to make their life better. I am also here to say that you and I can do the same.


I’m a firm believer, as I have expressed in the past that life is a series of ups and downs. It is up to us to enjoy the good times, but to dig in and learn from the bad times, because trust me, they will come. It’s fool’s gold to think that you can breeze through life without a pitfall here and there.


I know I’ve had my share. Divorce, bankruptcy, jobless, having to live with relatives- all this happened to me relatively recently. I thought many times about quitting my job search, and just living on the beach as a bum. But then I thought about my child and the kind of example I should be setting. I became determined and truly believed I could rebound and find success again.


In a few short years I did just that. Certainly not on the magnitude of Tiger, but in my own way, I was on top of the world again. And thanks to the higher being, I have learned a great deal from my trip to the depths of despair. Most importantly I learned we should always be positive and never ever quit . It may take a few years but if you apply determination and faith to your daily grind you will ultimately achieve emotional success.


The massive crowds at The Masters, all of which were hoping and praying for a Tiger win, only reinforces what we all appreciate which is a feel good story. Against all odds, and many experts claiming he could never play competitive golf again, Tiger proved them wrong.


You can do the same. Never give up and in time you will prevail too.

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