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    OVERCONFIDENCE

    Golf immortal Arnold Palmer recalls a lesson about overconfidence:

    It was the final hole of the 1961 Masters tournament, and I had a one-stroke lead and had just hit a very satisfying tee shot. I felt I was in pretty good shape. As I approached my ball, I saw an old friend standing at the edge of the gallery. He motioned me over, stuck out his hand and said, "Congratulations." I took his hand and shook it, but as soon as I did, I knew I had lost my focus.

    On my next two shots, I hit the ball into a sand trop, then put it over the edge of the green. I missed a putt and lost the Masters. You don't forget a mistake like that; you just learn from it and become determined that you will never do that again. I haven't in the 30 years since.

    Carol Mann, The 19th Hole (Longmeadow), quoted in Reader's Digest.


    Half of all downings happen to adults and kids who can swim. 

     

    International Health Awareness Center, July, 1993.