October 26, 2018

“No matter how hard you fall, how much you fall, you can come back.”

According to Rhonda Abrams in USA Today (9/28/18), this is the lesson golfer Tiger Woods illustrated for entrepreneurs and small-business owners after winning the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta on September 23. It was his first win in five years and the 80th in his career.

In the late 1990s to mid-2000s, Woods was the undisputed master of golf. He was the No. 1-ranked player in the world for more than five consecutive years, won the second-highest number of PGA tournaments ever and excited the golf world like no one before him.

But beginning in 2009, he had high-profile marital problems, a DUI and an arrest for reckless driving and lost many lucrative sponsorships. Then came serious physical injuries, leading to four back surgeries.

“If you own a small business, sooner or later, you’re going to face failure – of a project, a new product, a partnership, even the business itself. It will feel as if your world is crashing down, too,” writes Abrams. “Regardless of your setbacks, you can stage a comeback in your small business or with your new startup. Like the ads from consulting firm Accenture used to say, you can ‘Be a Tiger.’”