Management Lessons Learned from Golf

Joe Weinlick
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Believe it or not, your career is a lot like golf. You must get your swing down consistently to be successful, which means you have to deliver good results regularly in order to succeed. Consider these career management lessons that you can learn from golf. Four aspects of the game can help you visualize your career while having a happier time at work.

1. Practice Makes Permanent

You must practice before you even hit the golf course, and the same holds true for your career. It might take years to develop the perfect swing to get the perfect shot on the course. You can't just walk out onto the course and expect to shoot par after your first lesson. Having a consistent swing takes persistence, but also a positive attitude. This career management tip indicates your perfect career is there for the taking if you're willing to work hard.

Taking practice swings every time you approach the ball can symbolize your career management practices. A practice swing helps you get a feel for the shot before you take it. When it comes to your career, taking practice swings means doing your research about the industry and deciding if your current career is something you truly want to pursue before making your next big move.

2. Short- and Long-Term Goals

Golf requires a combination of swings to make the ball travel 200 yards and then a few feet once you get closer to the cup. You need a plan for your short shots and long shots in order to win in golf. Similarly, you have to have short-term and long-term goals as part of your career management strategy. Short-term goals can include learning new skills, landing a job at your chosen firm or developing leadership skills. Long-term goals may revolve around getting a promotion, becoming an executive or even starting your own business once you learn the intricacies of your industry. Organize the goals in your career management plan so you'll know when it's time to accomplish each one.

3. The Weather

Golf is a game you play against yourself and against nature. If it's windy outside, you have no choice but to adapt your golf game. Your career may also have some windy points that force you to adapt to conditions beyond your control. Employers love workers who can adapt quickly and effortlessly, so develop this soft skill early on so you can be prepared to make big decisions.

4. Lessons From Sand Traps

Hitting your golf ball into a sand trap is frustrating. However, you should see this moment as an opportunity to learn a lesson. Rather than get frustrated by the obstacle in your career, a symbolic sand trap gives you a chance to learn a lesson that you may put to good use later in your professional life.

The career management lessons you learn from golf can help you achieve a happy professional life. If you apply these lessons to your job, you may start to approach your career like it's a game. The more you practice and learn about the game, the better you get.

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