Wolf Blizter of CNN posed a question to a few million watchers: what if Tiger Woods, world renowned golf star, was given the option of either being remembered as the highest paid player in history, or alternately, the number #1 top ranked pro of all times?
origins of golf date back to 15th century Scottland but as official
record keeping only began in the late 19th century, one would need to
consult the akashic records to purvey the top talent of former eras,
then adjust for historical inflation. As current data keepers would not
deem this a reliable inquiry, Woods could never really know the truth of
his status amongst the gene pool of golf prodigies over the ages.
aside, if one accepts current data from the number crunchers, the fame
versus money question is quite interesting but hard to answer without
knowing certain facts. 1) What is Tiger's net worth and is he satisfied
or does he want more? 2) How much has as the richest player made to
date, and what is his earnings forecast until he reaches an age too old
to swing the club mightily? 3) Is Tiger as competitive with the balance
sheets of other pros as he is on the green?
For the sake of argument, let's assume
that Woods already has as much money as he wants, which is an iffy
assumption to begin with. It seems that money is like heroine; the more
you have, the more you want - as if a fortress of gold can secure one
against the calamities of life, including death.
Woods perceives that he has "enough," then the logical conclusion would
be that #1 top player of all times is the prize beyond measure. But
this too is a slippery slope, as sports players tend to best those who
came before them; once a goal has been achieved, it naturally sets the
bar for the next one to leap over.
get caught between two alternatives because that's what they are given
as choices. The rare being, independent in spirit, will realize there is
a third choice outside of the box, where the boundaries delineated by
others, fitted to cover one's own playing field, don't apply.
What if Woods
chose not to compare himself to others, whether it be for the most money
or the best scores ? What if he simply played golf because that's what
he loves - following his path wherever it may lead?
When we simply
cultivate what is uniquely ours, and develop our own authentic self,
then there is no such thing as better or worse and we are simply worth
what we think we are worth. Nothing more and nothing less.
this truism, the possibility of self-love could be realized. So if one
thinks the choice lies between money or fame, how about lifting the lid
off the box and escaping into a new world of possibility: how much
self-love could we generate in this one lifetime?