Last week, I was a guest on the Ask Valor Marketing Podcast, hosted by Joe Zeman and Galan Ruelos. In response to one of the questions regarding being resilient, I shared a piece of advice frequently given to my high school golfers when coaching on the course.

In golf, you always have a next shot. Sometimes that next shot will be after being in a good position, and sometimes it’s after being in a precarious one. In young players, it’s common to want to hit the “heroic” shot; to make a spectacular play.

I’ve always advised them – and constantly need to remind myself – that you don’t need to make a spectacular shot, you only need to make the right shot. And the right shot is putting yourself in a position to succeed. Before hitting any shot, you should ask, “Where do I want to play my next shot?”

The same is true in business.

Too often entrepreneurs and business leaders get caught up in trying to be “heroic;” to attempt to do more than is necessary by taking too much risk, and in some cases, the wrong risk.

As business professionals, we take risks daily, but we must focus on taking the right risk. Being resilient is about leaving emotion and pride in the bag and playing strategically for your next move.

Emotion can be costly. Golf is about getting the ball in the hole in the least amount of strokes. Business is about reaching your objectives as quickly as possible. Life is about building relationships and creating rewarding experiences for ourselves and our loved ones. These don’t have to be heroic acts (although sometimes they are). They do have to be the right plays at the right time with an eye towards the right amount of risk for the situation.

In golf, that leads to better scores. In business, it leads to a robust and successful company and career. In life, it leads to being fulfillment and happiness.

Keep chasing unleashed.

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“Each day is the scholar of yesterday.”

~ Publilius Syrus, Roman writer (85 BC – 43 BC)

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