The Tiger Woods Automotive Crash Reveals an Uncomfortable Fact About Gratitude
Tiger Woods’ influence on the game of golf cannot be overstated. Participation in the grassroots increased by leaps and bounds. Courses were built. Equipment sales were booming.
On a professional level, the prize money is now significantly higher and the average player more athletic.
Like Colin Morikawa, who, besides Tiger, was the only player to win a major championship and a WGC (World Golf Championship) before he was 25.
As with many current players (Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy to name a few), Tiger was a source of inspiration for Morikawa growing up.
And like all current players, Morikawa is a beneficiary of the attention – and the money – Woods has given to golf.
When Morikawa was interviewed on Sunday shortly after winning a WGC tournament in Florida, he took the time to thank Woods.
“Tiger means everything to me,” said Morikawa. “Yes, he had the crash and luckily he is fine and hopefully he has a great and quick recovery … but I don’t think we’d like to say thank you enough.”
Morikawa then turned and looked directly at the camera.
“So I want to thank Tiger,” he said, wiping away a tear. “Because sometimes you lose people too soon. Kobe. I lost my grandpa about a month ago. You can’t say enough thanks. So thank you guys.”
Sincere. From my heart. Original.
And a perfect example of the power of gratitude.
Inc. colleague Justin Bariso writes, “All people crave recognition and appreciation. By sharing exactly what you value, you inspire them to be the best version of themselves.”
And you let them know how much they mean to you.
If someone has made a difference in your life, don’t wait. Tell them – especially if you think you might one day regret never doing it.
But don’t stop there. Many people you deserve deserve recognition. Family, friends, casual acquaintances. Employees, customers, suppliers.
Maybe someone did something great. Maybe someone did something small. Perhaps someone will be waving, smiling, and brightening up your day on a regular basis.
Say thanks. Say something. Say something nice It will be worth the effort because we all love to hear that we made the smallest difference in someone else’s life.
Just as we all like to know that we made the slightest difference by thanking someone who deserved it.
Because neither of us says thank you enough.
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