4 Reasons Your Career Is Like Golf
Let golf inspire you to…build your career? It might sound strange, but working on your golf game and developing your future have a lot in common.
1. Your reputation precedes you
If you really work at your game, your handicap will show results, giving you personal pride as well as showing that your skills have improved to others.
It’s the same in your career. Although it’s never good to boast, keeping quiet about achievements or interesting things about you won’t do you any favours. When someone is on the look out to promote someone, find a great speaker for an event or simply wants to speak with an expert in your field, if you want to come to mind, not only do you need to make sure that you are in fact what you would like to be known as, but that they know about it – a simple LinkedIn update will do the trick. As the famous saying goes, “The more I practice, the luckier I get” – work at it and opportunities will come your way.
2. Great drive
Your drive is what sparks off your whole golf game. If it isn’t strong or consistent, you won’t get as far as you would like to.
Similarly, if you’ve got great drive from the very start of your career or latest project, it can really make the difference, propelling you to further heights and distances. Drive is difficult to fake - it comes from being genuinely interested in what you’re doing, and being excited about where you could be. If one or both of these elements is lacking in your career, then perhaps it’s time for a change.
3. Right tools for the job
To be great at golf, you need to have a versatile range of techniques, as well as a set of clubs that can handle the challenge. If you’re too heavy handed on the putting green, or too technical with your swing, it can really work against you.
This versatility is just as key in professional life – you never know when you’re going to have to step up to a leadership role on a project, or when perhaps it’s time to let someone else take the reins. Becoming a well-rounded member of your team, as well as in your professional life as a whole, could be the key to unlocking wonderful new opportunities.
4. Sometimes, the 19th hole is the most important
The 19th hole, aka the golf course clubhouse, is often where the whole point of golf becomes clear. The opportunity to hang out and network with friends and colleagues alike is a vital part of golf, as it is in life.
If you work flat out, and never take the time to get to know your colleagues, you might not get the future opportunities you would like to. You also won’t have that much fun. Go to after work drinks now and again, and attend office birthday celebrations – you want to be remembered as someone who cared about those they worked with and was great to spend time with as well as good at their job, so that when it comes to being recommended for more senior positions or a change of career direction, you come across as the kind of person to have around for a number of reasons, not simply because you work hard.
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