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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What I learned losing golf balls

With summer finally approaching, more and more people are making an effort to get outside and be active. As a life-long struggling golfer I am on a journey to beat my low score while maintaining my sanity. I will not tell you about my game, which is for the most part, quite depressing. Rather, I thought I would tell you about what I learned on the course related to real life and, more specifically, interviewing.
·     Swing easy. If you swing out of your shoes on the course and in an interview you’re likely not going to play to your potential. Breathe, remember the basics (i.e. your story) and let the club do the work. Don’t try and be something you’re not – it will show.

·     The more you practice, the better you will be. While this is obvious advice it is often overlooked and may be the most valuable piece of advice. If you don’t believe me, read Malcolm Gladwell’s chapter on 10,000 hours.

·     Stick to the basics. If you’re trying something too creative in unfamiliar territory you’re going to be hard-pressed to succeed. Some of the best advice I ever received was never to practice on the course (ie.an interview). In the moment, this will be hard to exercise but after a dozen lost balls, I think I’m coming to see the value in this advice.

·     It’s just golf. Nerves are natural and you always want to do your best but it’s the times when you put too much pressure on yourself that you come up short.
  Good luck with your golf game (job hunt)!
Robert Scheinert, Associate Director

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