I recently took up golf and quickly realised that taking up golf has a lot in common with starting a business. Don’t believe me? Well maybe this will convince you:

a)    Deciding to take up golf was an easy decision but then I had to make a significant investment based on the assumption I would like it (lessons, clubs, clothing, etc.)

b)    Deciding to start my own business was an easy decision but then I had to make a significant investment based on the assumption it would work (website, business cards, marketing, etc.)

a)    I know the basics of how to play golf. I know the end goal (get the ball in the hole) and I know that I need golf clubs to achieve it.

b)    I know the basics of how to run a business. I know the end goal (to make money) and I know that I need paying clients to achieve it.

a)    I am still confused by various golf terms that others use in such a way that I feel silly asking what they mean. E.g. Mulligan, Ambrose, Shotgun Start

b)    I am still confused by various business terms that others use in such a way that I feel silly asking what they mean. E.g. GDPR, GFC, ICT, TLA

a)    I know that it will be impossible for me to get to the next level in golf without help so I take golf lessons, play with friends and find people who have been doing this for a long time to help me get ahead.

b)    I know that it will be impossible for me to get to the next level in business without help so I attend business education events, talk through ideas with friends and find people who have been doing this for a long time to help me get ahead.

a)    After a round of golf, I don’t focus on the bad shots, but I do try to learn from them. What I remember afterwards are the few good shots I pulled off, where it all went perfectly, then I try to do that again next time. If I have one good hole out of 18 I deem that day a success.

b)    When looking at my business I don’t focus on the bad days, but I do try to learn from them. What I remember are the good days, where it all went perfectly and I closed the deal, then I try to do that again next time. If I have a one good day out of 18 I deem that a success.

Golf can be an all-consuming pass time but it can also teach us a lot about how to run a business. Always focus on the good shots, no matter how few and far between they are, and always ask for help, you will be surprised by how many people will go out of their way for you if you just ask.

Want to hear more about how to improve your business game or do you just fancy nine holes at some point? Either way, get in touch on info@theconsultatscommunity.com.au and we can set something up.

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