Good Morning MOJO,
This is a great one about what it takes to become a winner…to be a Masters winner:
By luck of the draw, my seatmate on a flight back to
A nice, friendly, family man, and (oh yeah) he just won the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. He beat the master (Tiger Woods) to become the master.
We began to talk “golf.” And I began to take notes. When a champion begins to espouse feelings and philosophies, I become the master — the master student.
He plays consistent as a golfer and a golf strategist.
He stays in the hunt and is always there to make a run at winning.
He plays for fun. (He loves the game, the competition, the thrill of winning, and the youthful exuberance of just “being there.”)
He plays to win. (Every time Zach Johnson goes out on the course, he believes he
Zach graduated in 1998 from
According to the statements I collected in our-hour long conversation. He was blessed with skills, started playing young (age 10), practiced every day, played competitively starting at age 11, and has a coach — actually several coaches and teachers — one for each vital area of his game. Yes, one of the top golf professionals in the world has coaches and teachers. Do you?
“You have to have a system, a family of coaches, and an inner circle of people who are masters of THEIR game.” Zach refers to his coaches and his family as “the invisible team.” “When you see me on the golf course, I appear to be alone. But you have to understand I got there with the help of a hundred other people. From corporate sponsors and family members to coaches and investors to agents and mentors. All of them are there with me, but no one sees them as I play.”
“My primary coach is a great golf teacher named Mike Bender.” Zach smiled.
“What makes him great?” I wanted to know.
Keep this in mind as you struggle to be a master: Zach Johnson was NOT number one on his high school golf team, and he was NOT number one on his college golf team. But he knew he had talent, he knew he had skill, and he loved the game. “After college, I wanted to see how far I could get as a golf professional, and I didn
He realized he had the talent and the drive, the itch to play, and the desire to win. And Zach took advantage of the opportunity. Big time.
Besides his system, Zach Johnson has a philosophy. He believes that it
He goes on to say, “If you can get others to believe in you as much as you believe in yourself, you can become a master. And not just in golf or business or sales – a master in life.”
The Zach Johnson qualities I saw were a great attitude, a constant smile, a “real person” humility, and a man that loves his family.
There are people who prefer to say “Yes” and there are people who prefer to say “No”. Those who say “Yes” are rewarded by the adventures they have, and those who say “No” are rewarded by the safety they attain…