One of my favorite golfers of all time, Ben Hogan, would be celebrating his 100th birthday today (August 13th). The story of Hogan’s life – surviving an impovershed childhood, witnessing his father commit suicide, caddying at a nearby country club and teaching himself how to play golf and eventually becoming one of the greatest golfers ever is simply amazing.
He won more majors (9) than only 4 other golfers ever – Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (14), Walter Hagen (11) and Gary Player (tied with Hogan with 9). Amazingly, 6 of Hogan’s 9 Majors came after a near death automobile accident when he almost lost his life in a head on collision with a bus.
Nicknamed “The Hawk” for his steely stare and incredible focus, Hogan is considered one of the best ball strikers ever to play the game.
“I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again.” – Do you get excited to show up for “work” every day? Can your customers and clients see your passion and enthusiasm for what you do?
“People have always been telling me what I can’t do. I guess I have wanted to show them. That’s been one of my driving forces all my life.” – One of the best thing about the real estate industry is you’re working by yourself, for yourself. There are no time clocks to punch and no “boss” to answer to. But there will certainly be many people who want to tell you what to do and how you should be doing it. These people might be clients, co-workers, family members or other “voices” you hear such as coaches, teachers and bloggers/columnists.
Each day, do what YOU know needs to be done. Stay focused on those things you can control and worry less about the things you can’t.
“There are no shortcuts in the quest for perfection.”
It really comes down to being willing to put in the effort each and every day. You must find ways to build relationships, solve problems and have fun.
It’s a new day and the 1st tee is open. I hope you hit ’em straight!
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