What Entrepreneurs Should Take Away from This Year’s Masters.
At the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia, a 21 year old took the lead immediately and never looked back. Jordan Spieth, playing in just his second Masters Tournament of his young career put on an impressive show. Leading from beginning to end, he received his first Green Jacket as his prize. He domination of the tournament was surprising, and we can look to how Jordan approaches his game for lessons no entrepreneur can do without.
Lesson 1: Age is no factor.
If you’ve ever thought you were too young, that your dreams had to wait until you were older remind yourself that Jordan Spieth is 21. Somewhat surprisingly, he’s not even the youngest to win the tournament. That accolade belongs to another golfer you may have heard of, Tiger Woods.
And before you start thinking that it’s only a young person’s game, remember that the great Jack Nicklus won his last Masters Jacket at the age of 46. This past year golfer Tom Watson became to oldest player to break par at Augusta. He’s 65. No matter your age, it’s never too early or late to start something incredible.
Lesson 2: Keep Looking Forward
On the final day of the tournament, Jordan Spieth looked like he might start slipping. This was around the same section where he lost his lead at the Masters the year before. Business Insider gives us the run down.
“The moment came just after hole No. 12, where Spieth had what he described as “kind of a dumb 3-putt” on the par-3. The bogey dropped him to 17-under. After Phil Mickelson hit a birdie on the hole ahead, Spieth had suddenly lost two strokes on his lead, which was down to four with six holes to play.”
Spieth could’ve started getting jumpy. Instead, he hit a perfect shot to land on the green. Mickelson would bogey his hole moments later.
You can spend a lot of time worrying about the people behind you, or you can focus on your own goals, play your game and look forward. Let everyone else worry about themselves.
Lesson 3: Be Outside the Box
Just because things have been done a certain way for a long time, doesn’t mean that’s the way they have to be. Jordan Spieth, after his showing at last year’s Masters, could have worked with any caddie he wanted. He chose to stick with his caddie, who only two years earlier was a high school teacher. As the Wall Street Journal points out, that’s quite irregular.
“Spieth prioritized personal chemistry. That he went so far as to hire someone who had caddied only occasionally for amateurs ranked as one of the bigger upsets in pro caddying.”
Follow your gut. When something isn’t working, don’t stick with it just because it’s always been done that way. If something is working, don’t change it just because it’s strange.
Lesson 4: Play for the Right Reasons
As a young man Spieth would head home to Dallas after every golf tournament to say hi to his family and bring his sister a key chain from whichever city he visited. It is that dedication to family and humility that is often remarked on about the young golfer. He attributes it to his family and his upbringing. That humble and thankful attitude can also be seen in a letter Spieth wrote as a 16 year old to the family of the scholarship he was offered so he could attend Jesuit College Prep.
If all you’re doing is trying make money and rise to the top, you’ll find that once you get there, it’s not all you thought it would be. Relationships with others, having a positive affect on those around you and working for a greater good are the things that satisfy once they’re achieved.
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