Golf. A good walk spoiled? Depends on the company you keep.
I had the pleasure of hitting the links with three great men recently. I was not up to their talent or level of play, but had a good time on my “walk.”
All three were excellent golfers, and I was paired with possibly the most seasoned of them, a former Division I collegiate golfer. I was looking forward to getting some pointers from him to help solve my horrible slice.
Five hours after teeing up our first shot, I received that unexpected nugget of wisdom that summed up my pursuit of being a great leader, and ultimately a great father.
His drive on the 18th, a 338-yard par four, pulled to the left just a bit. His approach shot, however, was amazing, placing the ball within 15 feet of the pin! Of course, this would be expected from a golfer with his talent.
Then, he said one of the more profound things I could have predicted. “There are bad misses, and there are good misses. That was a good miss.”
Let that sink in…
You don’t have to know a thing about golf to consider the weight of those words and the influence they could have on your life.
As a leader, at work and/or at home, I challenge you to consider the approach shots you’re taking. Understand that they won’t always go your way. You’re going to miss.
Are you professional enough to move past the bad misses and learn from them? Or will you give up and stop engaging and moving forward?
Do you capitalize on the good misses? Do you take a good look at what went right when everything felt so wrong?
What are you learning from your misses? You have to take a shot before you know the outcome. You’re going to miss.
The secret is… the more shots you take, eventually you’re going to make it. You’re going to persevere and win. This is true in life, in leadership, in anything you do.
What do you think about the statement, “there are bad misses, and there are good misses?” I’d love to know your thoughts.
Tell me about one of your “good misses.” What did you learn from it? Share your comments below!