In the movie, Kevin Costner plays a formerly washed up golfer who wants to make a comeback. He claws his way back to an important tournament and plays well until the 17th hole, when he lands a drive in the water. His caddy hands him an alternative club, one that is more controllable. Kevin says, "No", and hits the ball again - into the water - and three more times, refusing to play safe, wanting to conquer the dreaded water hazard on his own terms.
Well, today, life mimicked art. Sergio Garcia was tied with Tiger Woods in the Players Championship, and drove one into the water on 17. Instead of going to a drop area, he used the same club, and hit it into the water once again. By this time his showboating has cost him 5 strokes. He ended the par 3 hole with a 9, leaving him nowhere near the winning players.
Do you find yourself doing the same thing in life? Instead of doing what you know, do you take unnecessary risks for the adrenaline rush or for the possibility of a windfall? Think before you act. Ask yourself, is the risk worth the possible reward or does slow and steady win the race.
I don't have the answer - just the question.