No pain. No gain. Also for a Tiger

Erikjan Lantink
2 min readNov 16, 2020

Tiger Woods played the last six holes of his Masters tournament on Sunday five below par. That means he was five shots better than he should have been according to the course standards (par).

That’s not the story, though.

The story is that he posted his worst score ever on the hole before. On a par 3 (three shots is the standard), he made a 10. That’s seven shots higher than average.

That disaster on one hole is what all the headlines will focus on today. Bad news sells better than good news.

But, Tiger would have never played the last six holes so well if he hadn’t had a complete meltdown on the hole before.

His mindset changed.

He knew very well what the headlines were going to be, and he wanted to show the world he’s still the greatest of all time. And so he did.

Adversity very often brings the best out in us.

It’s why I believe that any change or transformation needs to start with becoming self-aware.

Whether you’re an individual, a team, or an entire company, you need to figure out who you are and confront yourself first before you can change.

Blockbuster movies never saw Netflix as a competitor.

They laughed at them.

They were not willing to see that who they were was no longer sufficient, and as a consequence, they became irrelevant and went bankrupt.

“If you know what matters to you, it’s easier to commit to change. If you can’t identify what matters to you, you won’t know when it’s being threatened.

And in my experience, people only change their ways when what they truly value is threatened.”

Marshall Goldsmith, “What got you here, won’t get you there”

Find out first what matters to you now and in a few years from now. And know which roadblocks you need to overcome to get there.

Do more of what makes you happy.


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Originally published at on November 16, 2020.

Erikjan Lantink

Business & Leadership coach. Interim Leader. Writer. Speaker. Former Retail Executive (general management; operations; HR)