I love golf. It is a game I have enjoyed playing from a very young age. One of my favourite golfers is Rory McIlroy. He is a great role model, fearless and plays exceptional golf. He has bounced back from challenges and from a very modest childhood environment where his parents sacrificed an enormous amount to give him the opportunity to live his dream of playing professional golf.
A recent article in The Australian detailed this journey very well. The journalist had the opportunity to interview Rory soon after a recent win in the United States. The discussions with Rory were far and wide. They covered everything from his childhood, personal life, his wins and losses, friendships and family.
Rory was very level headed and measured as the journalist took him through all of the topics in the article, with the exception of one. His parents and the sacrifices they made, which he could still vividly recall and remember. Some of the quotes in the article that were telling included “I always remember my dad working three different jobs, for more than 90 hours a week“. Another was “all the way through my youth, he did what I wanted to do rather than what he wanted to do. My mum was the same, working around the clock to help me pay for tournaments when I got to nine or ten’. Very insightful and humbling insights from him around the people he clearly loves and values. Continue reading