Tiger Woods is best known for his massively successful golf career, and perhaps equally known for the personal problems following the death of his father. You may remember the controversy that surrounded Tiger’s personal life . As a celebrity athlete, he was constantly put under a microscope, starting at a young age. He was treated like a “god,” and was seen as a savior of the sport of golf . When you’re placed on that high of a pedestal, there’s only one way to go from there—and that’s down.
Recently HBO came out with a fascinating documentary on Tiger Woods that reveals how he dealt with the pressure of being in the spotlight. It sheds light on how Tiger’s dad controlled everything in his early life, and how this impacted his behavior later in life. When you have a parent who’s domineering, overbearing, and even narcissistic, your entire experience in life is based on whether or not you have your parent’s approval and permission to feel anything.
In this new show, BT and I discuss the complicated life of Tiger Woods and what it teaches us about the psychology of getting great at something. It’s not just about golf—it’s about how Tiger showed up in his world, and how his experience was based on the idea of him being “the best.”
Whether you admire him or not, he’s an interesting person to study when it comes to being the best at something you set your mind to. It teaches us that “winning solves everything”… and at the same time, we can’t let things we don’t understand destroy us. We need to be able to ask for help when we need it.
Even if you’re not a sports fan or a Tiger Woods fan, I highly recommend you check out the documentary.
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