Without any words whatsoever he caught my attention.

The emotion-packed pause in his post-match interview said enough to make me look up from my laptop.  I had not been watching the tournament.  The TV was on merely to catch the news that followed.

But quite unexpectedly I was drawn into the emotion of one man’s moment of victory.

Jim Herman had just won his first PGA Tournament after languishing in complete anonymity over the past sixteen years and 105 tries as a PGA cardholder.

If that is not a cinderella story, it at least qualifies as a glass slipper moment.

The man had shown up for work all those years yet had never taken home more than a paycheck.  No celebratory wins.  No high dollar sponsorships.  No trophies to adorn the mansion.

I love stories like this.

It reminds me that our greatest successes at work come not from the grandiose moments of victory, but through the daily moments of faithfulness.  The skillful “drives and putts,” one long hole after another.

Those are the wins that matter.  That’s what winning really is.  The showing up.  Getting things done.  Playing steadfastly.  Being forever students of our own game and seeking to improve with each project, task and responsibility.

This principle fits for Gofers as well as Golfers.  Programmers as well as Pilots.  Loan Officers as well as Librarians.

Being faithful, more so than being first, is what produces the wins that matter most.

And so it’s not lost on me that Jim Herman’s victory happened in Humble, TX.   It’s a fitting metaphor underscoring the roots of anyones capacity to finish well, whether or not they finish first.

When a glass slipper moment does happen your way, they will inspire others not from a cocky trumpeting of success, but through a simple embrace of the moment.   

Regardless of the score at the end of the day.