Integrity and Tiger Woods

I love this quote from Dad:

“The number one tool in your sales arsenal is your integrity” Zig Ziglar

This past month we have seen Tiger Woods loose hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements for one simple reason: he has lost his integrity.

Growing up I was keenly aware of some very “old fashioned” rules that Dad set for himself. Things like never having a meeting alone with a woman, or allowing a woman to pick him up from the airport. As a business person in this day and age I am sure a lot of people thought Dad was just little to hard core. But you see, Dad is a master of the game of life, just like Tiger is a master of the game of golf.

In golf, if you have a short par 4 with water in front of the green, the wise shot is to lay up with a club that will not reach the water hazard. It would be stupid to hit driver, and besides, you can still make birdie from the center of the fairway and you take double bogey out of play.

Life is the same way. Sure, you can live close to the hazards of life without going in, but all it takes is one miss-hit and you have lost your integrity. Why take the chance?

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  3. Russ Says:

    Good one Tom and Amen. Thanks for writing this.

  4. Chris Says:

    So true Tom. Whether relationships , finances , business or most other areas of life, playing it safe almost always pays off in the long run. Sure temporary pleasure feels good at the moment however most often has consequences that are irreversable. Thank you for making a difference.

    Chris Patterson
    http://interchanges.com

    • Alan Kaplan Says:

      How can you put “play it safe” and Tiger Woods in the same sentence?

      The message here isn’t “play it safe” – it is… while playing big there’s going to be risk and rocky roads… It’s about keeping yourself on the path of sound moral judgment along the way. Which isn’t always easy… none of us are perfect…

      I’m not sure I know anyone who has experienced great success and achievement who has played it safe.

      Go for it – play big – and remember who you are being in times of big gains regardless if business or personal – remember integrity is the path.

      But let’s not judge Tiger – that’s easy – instead let’s look at why this happened – from the limited perspective I have, it’s because he has never lived a private ordinary life – and those of us who have, cannot, and will never know what it’s like to not have privacy and anonymity. To simply go on a date without anyone paying attention.

      Not to mention… what this ONE man is responsible for in terms of business – the business of Golf, philanthropy, and the everyday business of life.

      From the age of TWO he has been in the national media spotlight – remember the Mike Douglas Show – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wHkA_983_s

      Sure – from our materialistic, media driven culture – how can one feel empathetic or sympathetic to the guy who has it all. But that’s the lesson and point – with all the wealth, riches and privilege Tiger has – he’s still not TRULY happy.

      None of us can say who we would be in the same situation – and as always – it’s easy for us to stand on the side lines playing it safe while judging those who are playing big.

      In the end it’s all about relationships and the strength of those relationships – and the one man in the world Tiger HAD as a strong reliable and trustworthy relationship, was his Dad… and since Earl’s passing – you gotta wonder what is going on for Tiger between the ears.

      Unfortunately we live in a “tear him down” culture fueled by the media.

      If we as fans or by-standers have integrity – we will let Tiger figure things out and give him a break. This is America – give the guy a chance to make it right.

      But please – let’s not play it safe – nothing gets done tip toeing – I will not bore you with 1000’s of examples of great achievement where playing it safe would have created scarcity and failure instead of breakthroughs, wealth and improvements on living in today’s world.

      My hunch is… in fact I know, Zig Ziglar didn’t play it safe – he played big and focused on who he was BEING along the way.

      My hope for Tiger is… he get’s his head straight “for him” and cleans up this mess – then let’s get back to his philanthropy, record breaking and support for the sport of golf – cause without Tiger – EVERYONE involved is losing tons of money and growth.

      As a small business owner, marketer and salesman the strength of our relationships is the ultimate success tool – With the loss of his Dad – and from my limited perspective of what’s truly happening for Tiger – I think he’ll want to evaluate his relationships and those he relies on for sound advice and direction.

      PLAY BIG – BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS – BE MORALLY SOUND

      • Tom Ziglar Says:

        Alan, I think you and Chris are actually on the same page, and its the one I am on as well. When you play it “safe” morally and make your integrity your number one priority in all of your relationships, then you have the energy and focus to “Play Big” everywhere else.

  5. Chris Says:

    I hope he bounces back and be faithful to his wife, otherwise he should divorce her.

    “In the mountain of life,
    Sin is a downhill,
    Remorse is an uphill.”

    http://goo.gl/EB0D

  6. Archie Winningham Says:

    Romans 3:23 | for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Flesh = Tiger Woods)

    Micah 6:13 | Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins. (A lot of endorsements stripped, meaning big revenue gone. Also, the first sin can expose many more.)

    Matthew 6:15 | But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Each of us have done things we’ve regretted. How badly did we want and seek forgiveness so we could be whole again?)

    Acts 3:19 | Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (How good does it make us feel when we know someone has truly forgiven us? How much better do we feel when we know God has forgiven us? So refreshing!))

    While Tiger has done wrong, and much damage has been done to whom he associates himself with, especially his immediate family, God can make all things new.

    Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  7. Karen Says:

    All the comments listed are true and valid. I agree with them all. I want to add the fact that whomever can repent, should turn from his/her ways. The free will has to correspond to it all. What’s repenting and then going to bang your head on the wall again?

    Forgiveness is grand on both sides, but repenting, confessing our sins to one another, choosing life and turning from the old self is the true healing. Of course, our natural sinful self will try to persuade us towards other ways (Paul said he did what he wasn’t suppose to and vice versa )but to keep on pressing on even amongst struggle, is still worth the integrity and the bettering ourselves comes naturally! (He will continue to do a good work in you until the day of Jesus Christ (his return).

  8. Karen Says:

    And again, we need to fight the good fight of faith.
    Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
    And Romans 8:28.
    And knowing we should not have confidence in the flesh.
    And all things are possible with God. God can turn things around for us, but we have to want to. That is the last kicker! 😉

  9. Archie Winningham Says:

    I love this! Thank you to everyone. This is oh so good!!!

  10. Tony Halvarsson(Stockholm, Sweden) Says:

    Well written as always. Thanks for the great blog.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.


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