Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Big Miss...

Hank Haney, golf coach to Tiger Woods has a new book-The Big Miss (click below to order) -  that's caused a stir in many circles... Here's why I'll read the book - it fascinates me what makes the extraordinary tick - And I don't know Hank's motivations, but I hope it was the same. 

There are very few examples of the very best and brightest who strictly conform to societal norms and obviously Tiger violates a lot of what we call 'normal'...

I've been a fan of golfer Jack Nicklaus fan for 40 years... a couple months ago they were doing a Top 10 show on Golf Channel and one of the reporters said something like this, "Nicklaus has this trait, which is really annoying in real life, but imperative for a champion... nothing is ever his fault.  On the course it's always a spike mark, or the wind changed, or the crowd, or the equipment... but if it's always something elses fault, his confidence in himself stayed high"... then a couple nights ago I was watching replay of the LPGA stop and Judy Rankin made a similar observation about someone, and the European announcer at the event made the point that 'no one is easier to fool than yourself'... finally, in the latest GolfWorld Peter Thompson when asked about Nicklaus says, "I've never met a bigger ego, I'll leave it at that"

Read the history of the founding fathers and most were a bit nuts, it's a cliche I suppose, but the great artist, musicians, authors,  they too are not your average Joe's... therein lies the problems as fans, whether we are fans of politicians, sports celebrities, or artist, we all just want to relate to them and think they're "just like us"... I'd like to have a beer with them!  No, you probably wouldn't and they wouldn't like to have one with you...

Most of us were trained to be good factory workers in school, to mind our manners, respect authority, play by the rules, go to church on Sunday, say the pledge to the flag, and drink beer on Sunday and watch 'the game', to, in essence "tranquilize ourselves with the trivial", anybody who didn't follow that model was odd, different, an outcast, yet some of them started Microsoft/Apple, etc., some excelled at sports, some created great works of art, and others are doing 20-25 years in Maximum Security, or curled up in some facility in a fetal position throwing their feces at the interns who bring their applesauce... and that gap between throwing 100MPH strikes in the Big Leagues and feces at the interns is really small and really interesting to try and understand.

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