This year we were lucky enough to go to the practice round of the Masters! I play golf and, in a house full of boys, I end up watching a fair share as well. I am pretty familiar with the players and I actually enjoy watching it. But, it was a whole other experience to be at this amazing event! Our boys had a chance to meet several of the players (including winner Sergio Garcia) and we were able to see these players in action! We also had an opportunity to watch the preparation, focus, tenacity, and work ethic that is required of these players to be successful in this tough sport. The business woman in me couldn’t help but draw parallels between the skills required to be successful in golf and the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur:
- Practice And Preparation Are Key – The most successful professional golfers are notorious for spending considerable time on the range and with their coaches constantly practicing and refining their skills. In fact, many walk off the course after a tournament and head straight to the practice area to work on the shortcomings from that day. The most successful business leaders are also notorious for spending considerable time preparing and refining their skills. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule, 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field including entrepreneurship! What can you do to up your preparation game and continually refine your skills?
“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” — Jack Nicklaus
2. Play The Long Game – There are 18 holes and 2-6+ shots per hole. That provides several opportunities to hit solid and/or to mess up! And more likely than not, you are going to do a bit of both! However, professional golfers focus on the long game, they don’t let the small hiccups get in the way of the big picture. Similarly, in business you need to stay focused on the big picture, don’t let the hiccups distract you from you long term goal.
“I’ve had a lot of majors where I didn’t play well until the last round. Keep yourself in contention; that’s the name of the game. I usually ended up shooting a good round and all of a sudden, somehow, I won.” — Jack Nicklaus
3. Keep Calm And Move On – Let’s face it, the hiccups are going to occur! But, professional golfers have a knack for keeping calm and moving on. In this year’s 2017 Masters Championship Sergio Garcia missed a game winning short put and was clearly disappointed that his miss forced a sudden death playoff. However, he bounced back in the next hole and made a similar putt which led to his win. Similarly, in business, the most successful leaders are those that have a knack for keeping calm and moving on.
“Focus on remedies not faults” — Jack Nicklaus