Fortunately, Tiger knows what we all must learn about critics. It is simply much easier to criticize something significant than to do something significant. Those that “do” must suffer the slings and arrows of those who can’t comprehend the greatness that “doers” seek. Those that judge never compete for greatness and therefore never have to face such scrutiny. After all, no one critiques the critic. The “doer” courageously trades the opportunity for greatness for the certainty of being judged regardless of the result. The “doer” loves greatness more than he or she fears its price. Tiger knows that critics, by definition, cannot be satisfied. Therefore, he simply continues to paint his masterpieces trusting only his eye for beauty.
I have never been one to “hate on” greatness. In Tiger’s case especially, I find it refreshing to be reminded that there are athletes that can teach us more about life than simply the nuances of our American legal system. By watching Tiger Woods work, we can learn many positive lessons applicable to our own lives. If the best golfer any of us has ever seen has critics, we will too. Therefore, we must keep our own list of counselors short and ignore the rest. If critics cannot be pleased under any circumstances, set your goals incredibly high and make them work to find your faults. Dare to be great, take your shot, and then leave the debate for those too frightened to abandon their pens, pads and computer screens.
As you contemplate the latest masterwork by Tiger Woods, don’t look for fault, but admire it in all its beauty. Then, recognizing that he who does, even he who does and fails, is infinitely closer to greatness than he who simply chronicles the attempt, turn away from Tiger’s masterpiece and begin painting one of your own.