Wednesday, July 22, 2009
What Tom Watson Teaches Us About Business and Practicing Law, by John L. Watkins:
[M]ost athletes have very limited time in which they can play their game or sport at its highest levels. Fortunately, this is not true for most people in business, and it is certainly not true in practicing law. Watson has reminded us to stay in the game, to enjoy what we do, and to relish the chances – few as they may be – to do something really special in our chosen business or profession. ...
Golf, as life, business and law, is, when at its best, an intergenerational game. ... The young should learn from the experienced, but the experienced can be inspired by and learn from those who are younger. ...
Experience Means Something. Watching Watson hit smart shot after smart shot in difficult and differing conditions – taking his medicine when necessary – shows the advantage of over 30 years of experience in playing links golf. Even in athletics – where youth must be served – experience still counts for something. This is even more so in business and law.
(Hat Tip: Robert Ambrogi.) (Photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27732457@N05/ / CC BY 2.0.)