Winning is very important, but what about how you play the game? Last month I talked about my son in his golf competitions. (If you have not read last month’s blog, go back and read it. It’s a good one.) I would like to add, teaching him that winning is important and creating winning habits is great, but it is a lot about the way you play along the way I think matters most. Nothing is worse than watching a golfer miss a 3 foot putt for bogie. That stinks! Then he gets mad and throws the putter 30’ and rants and raves all the way to next tee box. Oh by the way, at the end of the tournament they win.
How much respect do you have for that person? Me? None! I would rather see them win and not act like a fool during the round, fix pitch marks and divots on the course, and after the last hole is played, take off their cap and shake hands with the other players. That is class. This type of player respects the game and all the history behind it. In our professional work, the same classy principles apply. Know and play by the rules, even if you don’t like them and take your penalty when you do (accidentally break them). Respect the other players, even if they don’t respect you. Take time to care about your industry as a whole. Serve your clients and neighbors with a winning attitude. Winning is definitely what it is all about, but how you play the game is what makes it worth watching and cheering for. The good guys always win, even when they don’t win! Have a great week my friends.