What Entrepreneurs Should Take Away from This Year’s Masters.
At the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia, a twenty-one 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 business lessons from The Masters, that 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 twenty-one. 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.
Business Lesson From The Masters: 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 have started getting jumpy. Instead, he hit a perfect shot to land on the green. Mickelson would bogey his hole moments later.
Business Lesson From The Masters: 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.”
Business Lesson From The Masters: 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
Jordan’s younger sister Ellie, was born with a neurological disorder. As much as he loved playing golf and he excelled at it, he never lost focus on her needs and those other’s like her. When he was only twenty-one years old, Speith and his family established the Jordan Speith Family Foundation. in the articles, Golfer’s Who Give Back, from Golf Digest, Speith explains, “There are a lot of less-fortunate people in a lot of different walks of life and for very different reasons. It’s been a cool experience to use my platform as a golfer and then the foundation, trying to make life better for people.”
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.
Business Lesson From The Masters: 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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