One important thing I’ve needed to learn is that in order to be successful you cannot nurse grudges. Many people have really been dishonest or unethical in working with me and sometimes I’ll fantasize about all sorts of outlandish destruction for them. However, time spent on that sort of thing is almost always a waste of emotional energy. Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates all say the most important key to success is focus. Focus means shutting out the haters and scumbags. Keep your eye on the end goal and the journey required to get there.
I have gone through a number of sports hobbies through the years – I spent several years rock climbing, a couple of years doing Crossfit, a couple of years playing flag football. I enjoy finding fun activities instead of doing a mundane gym workout.
My newest sport is golf. I just started a couple of months ago, but try to get some practice in most days.
I noticed some similarities between business and golf:
- Both take long term commitment without much day to day progress. Sometimes one day will look very bad, and the next will look very good and it is hard to tell what was done differently.
- Both are score based. In business, you need profit to survive. In golf, you track your score.
- There is no “close” in either one. If you lose a deal in business, you get zero dollars even if you were the next best competitor. If you miss a shot in golf, you still see your score increment up even if the ball hangs on the rim of the cup.
- Both require a strong investment of time and money.
Summer is coming to an end. It was quite the adventure this year. I started it out with a severe knee injury on June 2nd, got out of the hospital June 16th, struggled around home till the beginning of July, got stronger through July, much strong in August, and am almost back to full strength now at the beginning of September.
I also took up golf and have been golfing pretty frequently.
I beat the Wolf Among Us Xbox game.
Business is going well and I have worked every day including weekends. Less hours than I did each day when I first started though.
Slowly, oh so slowly, I am getting back in shape. Today I ran a 9:27 mile for the first time since my injury. My goal is to get to under a 7:00 mile by the end of the year… a 6:00 mile would make me shout for joy. I also just started doing circuit training (pushups, pullups, situps, shoulder stuff). I did 3 circuits today. I am also trying to get in some golf practice regularly to improve my game.
I am supposed to do some surfing today with my friend Ryan. I am not a big fan of surfing as I can’t stand up on the board and it kind of makes me feel motion sick. I’d rather play golf.