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Saturday, April 25, 2009


Some more notes on Tiger Woods from the book "Tiger Traits" by Nate Booth.

"I never met any athlete who worked as hard on his game as Tiger."
-Charles Barkley-

Tiger knew the secret to mastery when he was only six years old. Tiger already had made two holes-in-one. People would ask him, "How did you get so good, Tiger?" And he would answer, "Practice, practice, practice."

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."


State One - Unconscious Incompetence
When you're unconsciously incompetent, you don't know that you don't know. There was a time early in his life when Tiger didn't know that he didn't know about golf. There's nothing wrong with that. Ignorance is the first stage of mastery.

Stage Two - Conscious Incompetence
When you're consciously incompetent, you know that you don't know. Knowledge moves you from state one to state two. In stage two, you're motivated to take action.

Stage Three - Conscious Competence
At this state, you know that to do and you can perform the activity, but you have to put all your focus on doing it.

Stage Four - Unconscious Competence
When you're unconsciously competent, you can do the activity without thinking about. It seems natural to you.

"My body does the work, and I just sit back and let it happen."
-Tiger Woods-