You don’t have to be a golf fan to appreciate the performance of Adam Scott at winning the Masters this year (2013). He defeated a very tough opponent in Angel Cabrera of Argentina by playing flawless golf at the end of his regulation play and, especially, in the playoffs. What made it so special is that he had to make two real tough putts to win. He earned the victory; it was not given to him.
The remarkable thing about Scott’s win is that he lost a major last year (2012) at the 72nd hole which was quite devastating since he was winning and played very poorly at the end (bogeyed the last four holes). From all those who watched it, he turned a easy win into a terrible loss.
This loss could have been a major career setback for him but he did not let that happen. He blamed himself for making mental mistakes and handled the whole situation calmly in a post tournament interview. He refused to dwell on the loss too much since he knew he was close but had to be tougher mentally next time. According to the Australian, Scott said after the loss, "I can't justify anything that I've done out there. I didn't finish the tournament well today," He predicted that, "... next time -- I'm sure there will be a next time, and I can do a better job of it. One of these days I've got to step up and make it."
The thing we can all learn from Adam Scott is that you can have all the talent in the world, but a mark of a true champion is how one bounces back from a devastating loss and learns from it so he does not repeat the sames mistakes.
You are not going to win all the time (as golf teaches us), but when you do lose, it is what you do immediately that will determine your future success. You must take time to analyze your loss and see what you did well and what you need to do better the next time. A loss is only a loss if you to learn nothing from it.
Though Adam Scott was playing golf, his lesson on how to bounce back form a terrible loss applies to all of us since we all occasionally fall short of our goals. But, we can all from Adam Scott’s example and become a winner by remaining tough mentally, learning from the loss and maintain a winning attitude and we too can win a "Masters" in what we do. .