Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
Perhaps you're bathing in the joy of Tiger Woods coming back from the lurid to win the U.S. Masters on Sunday.
What a win. What a man.
You've probably read hundreds -- well, at least three -- articles praising him for the way he hung on in there through adversity in order to attain the pinnacle again at the age of 43.
The tale panders to our painfully individualistic culture, one that's so easily transposed to the world of business.
There are individual CEO stars. They're so full of can-do that they can do everything and, apparently, do and did. All on their own.
Golf so readily fits in with this ethos. An individual sport, played by highly self-centered sorts -- and I'm not only thinking of Matt Kuchar here.
But just as Tiger Woods was glorying in his redemption, there was a far greater example worth emulating.
It was at a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies.
Here we had two struggling teams, desperately trying to impress.
The Rockies pitcher, German Marquez was tossing a no-hitter.
In the eighth inning, the Giants' Evan Longoria spoiled it all by getting a base hit.
What could possibly be worth noting about that? Well, his hit skidded past Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado.
He had very little chance to get it. None, perhaps.
Watch, though, Arenado's reaction after he failed to reach the ball.
Look at Nolan Arenado's reaction to not being able to save German Marquez's no-hitter. Love watching this guy. Such a pure competitor pic.twitter.com/NjbEI2J1jC-- Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) April 14, 2019
Arenado is a star, Marquez isn't.
Yet look at how furious Arenado was because he couldn't preserve Marquez's no-hitter.
We praise the concept of teamwork all the time, yet insist on lauding individual successes.
We champion champions who have the mental fortitude to grind out victories all by themselves, yet sometimes forget the finer points of true teamwork.
Oh, Tiger Woods has a team. They're all completely focused on Tiger Woods.
Arenado clearly showed what it means to be a committed member of a team, regardless of star status, salary or anything else.
If you truly care about your teammates' successes, as Arenado clearly does, that's surely an attitude worth developing.
There's an extra dimension to winning as a team. The shared memories can be so much sweeter.
The Rockies won the game.
I bet Arenado, though, is still annoyed that he didn't somehow get to that ball.