Business Lessons From the Golf Course

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"Never underestimate your strength. Never overestimate your weakness."

 Recently I wrote a post about a round of golf I played at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona.  In replying to a comment made by
Brian England , I got to thinking about how I was able to post a score equivalent to my male counterparts.  Afterall, I am a woman and they can hit a lot farther than I can.  

The answer lies in the quote above.  You have to analyze your opponents and determine what your strengths are in any given situation and use it against their weaknesses. Never give too much credence to your weakness in a situation. Give the most credence to your strength.

Even though I hit farther than many women, when playing against men I am at a distinct disadvantage.  What is a strength when playing against other women, becomes a weakness against male players.  When I play against men, I don't even try to outdrive them.

I rely on my accuracy and the short game. Those become the most important aspects of my game.  Accuracy and the "short game" (the shorter shots and putting), is a level playing field for everyone... male, female, young or old.  It doesn't take strength. It tests focus and skill. 

The thing about men is they love to hit it far.  And, the farther you try to hit it, the more likely for errant shots. When they hit errant shots, they waste shots getting out of trouble. Even though I am not the one hitting those shots, I use them to my advantage. While they are getting out of trouble, I am working my way up the fairway to the green... where I can beat them with my putting.

This same strategy also works in the real estate business or any business for that matter.  We are all given unique personalities and talents. It is up to us to develop them and figure out how to use them to our advantage in business.  What works for one doesn't work for another.  Find your personal strengths and create a unique business model that works for you.  You don't need to try to do the same thing as your competition to outshine them. You just need to figure out what strength of yours will play to their weakness.  Are you better at communicating, market knowledge, negotiation, promotion, photography, or something else?  If you aren't better, get better!

This is how you get the lead, earn the listing, secure the buyer, or whatever it is you're trying to achieve. 

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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Bob Betel 
You are absolutely right in that, generally speaking, golf is an individual sport.  I do happen to compete quite a bit (individually and in team play) and one needs to adjust their strategy depending on the competition and what is and isn't working on any given day. 

We certainly do need to challenge ourselves to get better but also to improve in ways that will separate us from the rest of the field. 

Have a great day, Bob!

Jan 31, 2019 05:37 AM #79
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Thank you Sharon Tara .  We can pull lessons from just about anywhere, can't we?  Have a great day.

Jan 31, 2019 05:50 AM #80
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Carol Williams
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Hi Wayne L. Brown 
Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. 

Jan 31, 2019 06:06 AM #81
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great post and a wonderful lesson for all to learn from. So glad it was featured.

Jan 31, 2019 01:00 PM #82
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Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Good morning Carol, thanks for taking time to put this post together, it is definitely a great analogy. Any suggestions for how to handle the fact that my wife out drives me and has a lower handicap?

Feb 01, 2019 06:15 AM #83
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Thank you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 
There are lessons to learn everywhere, aren't there... even on the golf course. 

Happy Friday!

Feb 01, 2019 06:32 AM #84
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Carol Williams
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Hi Matthew Klinowski, PA
First I need to clarify what you really want to know. Do you want to know how to "handle" it or "change" it?  LOL 

If you want to know how to handle the fact your wife outdrives you and has a lower handcap, I say handle it "with grace".

If you want to change the fact your wife outdrives you and has a lower handicap, I recommend you play from the forward tees and practice more. 
 

Feb 01, 2019 06:36 AM #85
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faye schubert
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I love this post! Play YOUR game, not someone elses. It serves you well in every aspect of life.

Feb 02, 2019 05:29 AM #86
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi faye schubert 
Yes, we're all unique and must play our own game based on our interests and skills. 

Feb 02, 2019 06:05 AM #87
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

This is an excellent post, and I can relate to the golf analogy. "it's not how you drive it's how you arrive". There is so much between how you start and how you finish. The goal is the same but how we get there makes the difference. 

Feb 02, 2019 04:46 PM #88
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's using what's between your ears - you go girl!  I'd love to be your caddy some day.  Although I don't play and never learned, I'd love to watch!  Preparing yourself for the end game is your specialty!

Feb 04, 2019 12:53 PM #89
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jane Peters 
Thanks for reading my ramblings.  I like that "it's not how you drive it's how you arrive".  Drive for show, putt for dough, right?

Feb 04, 2019 01:15 PM #90
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Jan Green 
That would be a blast... you and me against the world on the golf course. LOL

Feb 04, 2019 01:16 PM #91
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Yep, that's the other one.

Feb 04, 2019 01:59 PM #92
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
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Stay away from errant shots.  Poignant info to pass on and remember.  

Feb 05, 2019 10:00 AM #93
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kevin Mackessy 
I learned to be a good scrambler before I learned to stay away from those errant shots.  They still sneak in every so often during each round.

Feb 10, 2019 03:15 PM #94
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Carol Williams what a great analogy.... only a champion would figure out how to beat a more powerful opponent.... much to think about here....  just saw this on a Roy Kelley reblog....

Apr 02, 2019 03:29 AM #96
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Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Great post and insights! I would also like to suggest the benefit of "practice rounds". How thoroughly do we actually prepare for listing or showing appointments? Which areas of our expertise and communication skills could use strengthening?

Apr 09, 2019 06:49 AM #97
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Barbara Todaro 
That was very kind of Roy to reblog this post.  Always a treat when that happens. Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 09, 2019 07:52 AM #98
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Carol Williams
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Hi Dave Rosenmarkle 
Yes, practice rounds can certainly be very beneficial.  Thanks for stopping by to read my ramblings. 

Apr 09, 2019 07:56 AM #99
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