You know who Tiger Woods is. It’s impossible to imagine anyone on the planet who doesn’t. At the age of 37, he’s already a legend. He stormed onto the PGA tour 16 years ago, and a few months later he shocked the golfing world by winning his first Masters by 12 strokes. Since then he has broken almost every record there is in professional golf.
One of the reasons Tiger Woods was able to outplay his competitors is not very well known. He did something that practically none of his fellow professionals was doing: he worked on physical fitness.
He took the approach that it takes both skill and strength to hit a golf ball where you want it to go, and you need to be an athlete to do this well. When the young Tiger began his career, his fellow professionals weren’t working on physical conditioning. Neither had any of the previous legends of golf , such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus.
Now they all do. When they discovered that Tiger was beating them because he had a strength advantage as well as a skill advantage, it got their attention. They learned that to beat him they’d have to work out. As a result, nearly every golfer on the pro tour today can drive the golf ball over 300 yards with accuracy. In the old days, this was considered an amazing feat. Now it’s commonplace.Now all the card-carrying pros are athletes, and working on getting stronger to enhance golf performance is the norm.
In other words, Tiger changed the way the game is played. He changed what it would take to win on the pro tour.
I don’t usually write about golf. My subject is helping parents raise their teens to be happy, successful, independent adults.
But I’m suggesting that parents take a lesson from Tiger Woods. I’m suggesting that parents help their teens become stronger as a person in the areas that are critical to success in life and work – even though they aren’t addressed by the school system.
Yes, there have always been kids who have gone to school, participated in sports and worked jobs while preparing to leave the nest. And some of them have done very, very well. Like the past legends of golf, they didn’t have to work on building personal strength to become winners.
But today many young people are still showing up at universities and in the workplace unprepared. Despite their diplomas, they have a lot of catching up to do – IF they want to succeed in life and work.
I’m suggesting that parents can help their kids get involved in personal development strength-building BEFORE they leave home, not playing catch-up once they show up for work. I’m suggesting that young adults work out to improve critical thinking skills, social skills and personal strengths – the capabilities that their future employers complain most of the new hires lack.
Because a young adult who shows up strong in these areas will be able to write his or her own ticket.
A good start is to read my free ebook, The Race Against Time.
Also, I recommend that you to learn more about Strong for Life, an online personal development virtual coaching system for adolescent youth, which focuses on social skills and personal strengths.
You can change the game. You can help your child work out in vital areas young people normally don’t address, to gain a huge edge in life.