Tiger’s road to success hits a pothole

The fact that Tiger Woods’ announcement was presented live on national television should address any doubts about his future as an athletic superstar.
When was the last time anyone mentioned the trial of Kobe Bryant in Colorado?
The issue is, for parents, how to instill that sense of excellence, while maintaining a well-balanced personality.
Roy Clay Sr. has a unique perspective. As the first black member of the prestigious Olympic Club in San Francisco, he met Woods’ father, Earl, on the Olympic Club course when Tiger was still playing the junior circuit. “He told me then that his son would be the greatest golfer ever.” Clay later mentored Woods during his short stay at Stanford University.
One of Clay’s catch phrases is “everything is related to everything else.” Clay found time to be an elected official while still launching a successful electronic test equipment business, and took a fascination to golf in his own right.
One reason for balance among African-American high achievers is that they almost always have to confront the flip-side of success. In my book Success Secrets of Black Executives, I interviewed more than 200 top performers. Each, particularly the males, drew strength from a significant career or personal reversal. The mania for perfection that drives many prodigies often does not leave room for the possibility of rejection, failure or disappointment. Yet, even in the absence of calamity, there remains a lingering doubt, which often leads to questionable choices.
The intergenerational support that comes from elders is critical to maintaining that balance. Those who are forging new roads can draw wisdom from those who blazed trails before.
Woods appears to have gained that understanding. He said, “..it’s not what you accomplish, but what you overcome.”
Instead of a focus on individual accomplishment as an end in itself, the goal should always be service and faith. Whatever we accomplish is a gift from our Creator and should be treated as such.