Making your love of golf your career
The question I have been asked the most - by far - in my career in golf has been, "How can someone with no real background, connections or particular talent to play, also get a good job in golf?"
Since I fit that description quite well, you'd think it'd be an easy answer for me. But it seemed to me that it was a combination of timing, luck and persistence. That's a hard formula to replicate, much less advise as a route to follow. And even more, I always leave out what might be the most important quality of all - you have to love golf. I mean, really love it.
So enter my good friend Harry Arnett, the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Callaway Golf. He and I often joke we're the same person (very similar backgrounds: Atlanta raised, huge Falcons fans, picked up game late, etc.). His latest blog on the Callaway Golf website proves (as does his title, paycheck, golf game, etc...) that's we're actually kind of different and that he's way cooler than I am.
Harry's latest entry on his Callaway Golf blog gives a GREAT account on not only how he, a golf "outsider" became one of the most respected names in the industry, but also how chasing the golf dream means more than just making the winning putt at a major championship. He was not the first to go down this road, but his ability to turn his avocation into his career is one that we can all (golf or not) learn from as we all chase our dream jobs.
From his endless hours in golf shops to bookstores to visits (announced and unannounced) to famous golf courses, read how his passion for the game (including a part-time job in a bag room) ultimatley led to his position now. And don't just read it, think about how it can apply to your dreams. It's a good read, it's a good lesson. No matter what your dream job might be.
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