Getting What You Want Out of Business and Life (Parable of the Golf Ball)

As I was walking around my neighborhood the other day, I came across a stray golf ball that had landed on my lawn.

There it was, sitting all alone on my green grass.

I wondered how it got there.

I picked it up and looked it over.

I saw no clue except the phrase “Titleist 4.”

I live by a golf course, so this isn't so mysterious – but it got me thinking about how this stray golf ball relates to getting what we want out of business and life.

The person who hit this golf ball was likely aiming for the hole – but missed by a long shot.

In life, we also aim for things – and often it doesn't work out the way we want – just like a golf ball going off course.

As an architect, you may need to improve your cash flow or win better projects and clients.

So you take a swing at it and it doesn't work out the way you want.

How do you react?

Do you give up the game and hide in your office with your head down?

Or do you readjust your aim and take another swing?

This is the secret to getting what you want out of business and life – relentless pursuit of strategies that work.

Most things don't work out the first time. If you give up there, you've lost the game.

Stick with it and your game will get better and better, until you can land that ball within feet of the hole.

This is what happens when you master the game of the business of architecture.

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Enoch Bartlett Sears is the founder of the Architect Business Institute, Business of Architecture and co-founder of the Architect Marketing Institute. He helps architects become category leaders in their market. Enoch hosts the #1 rated interview podcast for architects, the Business of Architecture Show where prominent guests like M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. and Thom Mayne share tips and strategies for success in architecture.

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