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#301 Tiger Woods
May 1st, 2023 | E301

What I learned from reading Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.


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[3:00] He was someone no one had ever seen or will ever see again.

[5:20] You can always understand the son by the story of his father. The story of the father is embedded in the son. — Francis Ford Coppola: A Filmmaker's Life by Michael Schumacher. (Founders #242)

[7:15] His output was enormous, much greater than that of nine tenths of other composers. He was a mature artist in most forms at the age of twelve. There was never a month, often scarcely a week, when he did not produce a substantial score. — Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson. (Founders #240)

[7:50] Tiger's opponents were never people; it was always history.

[14:05] I've always been a practice player. I believe in it. — Michael Jordan: The Lifeby Roland Lazenby. (Founders #212)

[17:00] Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's by Ray Kroc. (Founders #293)

[18:30] Tiger was filling his mind with words that were intended to make him great. He wrote some of the messages from the self-help cassettes on a sheet of paper that he taped to his bedroom wall:

I believe in me

I will own my own destiny

I smile at obstacles

I am first in my resolve

I fulfill my resolutions powerfully

My strength is great

I stick to it, easily, naturally 

My will moves mountains

I focus and give it my all

My decisions are strong

I do it with all my heart

Tiger listened to those tapes so often that he wore them out.

[31:50] People would ask him how did you get so good Tiger? And he would answer, practice, practice, practice.

[32:10] The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.  —The Pmarca Blog Archive Ebook by Marc Andreessen.

[36:45] The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh. (Founders #106)

[40:15] That’s all training is. Stress. Recover. Improve. You’d think any damn fool could do it. But you don’t. You work too hard and rest too little and get hurt. — Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder by Kenny Moore. (Founders #153)

[46:15] Money didn't motivate him. Nor did fame. He played for the hardware. He played for the win.

[53:45] Robert Caro’s Books


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