Tiger Woods, first athlete to a billion

So Tiger’s got another honor.  First athlete to earn 1 billion dollars.  That’s 1,000,000,000, or 1 thousand million.  Crazy.

He has earned it.  He has an amazing track record, legions of fans, has singlehandedly kept the golf industry alive, and even when he doesn’t play, he almost wins the tournament (except for the British Open, or The Open as it is called, where he missed the cut).

As someone who is working toward becoming a scratch golfer, Tiger’s accomplishments seem so unreal.  Don’t get me wrong, the man is not perfect, and he is not a saint.  He is a human being, with an enormous amount of talent, at the right place, and the right time, and has an incredible work ethic to top it off.

It just amazes me that anyone could accomplish what he has.  I think human potential is virtually unlimited, and for the most part untapped, except for a few people who somehow make extraordinary things happen.