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Master the short game of business

The Chronicle’s Business blog

The “short game” of golf is where you are near the green, chip onto it and putt your ball into the hole.

We’re not just talking golf when we consider the short game. We’re talking about the game of business, life and success.

You may lead great organizations or small businesses. You may be a veteran who feels the hot breath of eager young entrepreneurs on the back of your neck.

They may be able to drive the ball farther or make more sales calls a day. But when you are close to the green, you have an edge. You have more experience and you know the value of practice.

This bit of wisdom comes from Austin, TX, Country Club pro Harvey Penick. If you are a golfer, you should be familiar with his “Little Red Book” on golf.

Harvey maintains that older golfers can excel at the short game with practice. And he recommends you do it with only one ball, just as you would in playing a game.

He says it helps sharpen your focus.

This is true in business and life, too.

1. The more we practice what it is that we do in life, the better we become.

2. It helps for someone like Harvey to coach and teach us good practice habits.

3. Practice keeps us sharp and focused.

That’s where golf and life are alike.

We discuss such ideas in, “Maverick Entrepreneurs’ Million Dollar Strategies.”

For a $20 personally autographed copy, contact us at 803-359-7633.

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