Sunday, February 26, 2006

When some one comes in second place, would you say they are the runner up or the first loser? Your answer probably determines whether you personally are a winner or a loser. Today I watched a match play golf tournament. One of the finalists was a man named Davis Love III. This man possesses one of the best golf swings in the world and has been one of the best players in the world for over fifteen years. However, he has not won nearly as much as he should have, and has faltered coming down the stretch many times. Tiger Woods beat Davis in a playoff for his first PGA Tour win, and Davis' overall playoff record is 0-7. Davis doesn't have a "killer instinct." Michael Jordan had it, Tiger Woods has it, Ali had it. Jack Nicklaus, the best golfer ever (until Tiger proves otherwise), was known for being a very gracious loser. However, he was also known for his killer instict. He wanted to beat his competitors brains out on the course, and after he had done it he would buy them a drink. Tiger absolutely loathes losing, and he has an attitude on the golf course. Some rip into Tiger for being like that, but I think there is no way he would be as good as he is if he didn't want to demolish people. Without a competitive spark, being dominant is very difficult. Some have the talent to be dominant without a killer instinct, but they would be even better if they possessed it. Personally, I won more wrestling matches in high school than I should have because I hated to lose (because it's really embarrassing to lose a wrestling match, it's basically like getting your ass kicked in a fight). Even though hating to lose isn't politically correct, it's a necessary evil if you want to be a winner.

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