“Success is often the result of cumulative disappointments!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It was the Parent/Child tournament yesterday. It did not go well.
I couldn’t putt if my life depended on it. I hit a tree on 12. We took a 9 on #16, but at least, that one wasn’t all my fault. Overall, it was a very disappointing round, particularly coming after my best round ever on Friday.
But overall, it was a success! To be able to get out for a round of golf with your 23-year old son is a tremendous sign of success – particularly when you took up the game late in life. The swing mechanics were there overall – it was just the putting that wasn’t working. And it is just one more round in a path towards having a game that isn’t an embarrassment.
I can turn any negative into a positive! That’s my job, to a degree, as a futurist. When I’m on stage sharing thoughts about innovation and trends, I can’t walk out and say, “Guess what! Your future sucks!” It doesn’t make for a very good business model. But as they say, the road of life and the world of business is a series of crushing disappointments followed by staggering success – and that parallels the game of golf! In the fall, I’ll be back on stage on a regular basis, ready to help my clients work towards their own success. In the meantime, I’ve got another tee time!