What is the measure of a successful athlete?
As athletes we are continuously being challenged about how good we really are; what is our regional or global ranking? Is this really the measure of success? If that is the case, then there are probably only 1000 successful athletes in the world in various sports. Most ranking do not cater for athletes ranked below 1000 globally. What about the high school star tennis player that has only played high school tournaments because he is a team player? What about the 16 year old protege golfer, Lydia Ko, that recently finished in the top five of the professional women’s golf rankings as an amateur? Are both of these scenarios of different athletes equally successful?
If there is one measure of a successful athlete, it should be the motivation and desire to wake up everyday and practice. It should be the inner drive to focus on getting better, whether it is from junior to amateur or amateur to professional or even beginner to intermediate, you always strive to get better.
Attached is a link on Tiger Woods, please hear carefully the exact words that are used to describe him. Yes, he is successful, yes he is the best player in the world, but many believe he was successful even at the age of six. However, if he hadn’t been the best golfer in the world today, would you care to know how successful he was when he was six?