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The Four D's to Success

Desire, Dedication, Determination, Direction


Hello Golf Friends:

What are your keys to success in business, life, and all that you do?  In launching “The Complete Golfer Golf Academy” at Heritage Isles CC in Tampa, FL this summer I have been able to focus all my professional attention on golf.  I’ve worked with players of all ages and abilities.  I spent a week with Neil Johnson back in WI getting him ready for stage one of Web. Com Q school, in which he was a successful qualifier for stage 2.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in Neil’s golf life for the past 20 years or so.  Neil embodies the four D’s as he pursues his dream of PGA golf.

Sure, Neil is working full time at this.  It’s his career.  It’s his livelihood.  It’s his passion.  No, we can’t compare ourselves to tour players.  But what about these people and their goals?


Player 1

50 years old.  I’ve been working with him for two years.  Solid 5 hdcp.  But he has never won the coveted “Belt Championship” that his group plays for on a monthly basis.  Last Saturday, he did!  He sent me a pic of “The Belt” now in his possession.  His last statement was about growth:  “Now, its time to work towards scratch.”


Player 2

58 years old.  This is his first summer with me.” Paul, I’ve been playing for about 3 years.  I want to get good enough to play in my club events and not be embarrassed.  I want to break 90!” He’s gone from 25 hdcp to 21.  He has played a couple of club events now. Low score this summer is 91. We do a lesson a week.


Player 3

52 years old.  “Paul, I’m a 6 hdcp and my goal is to get to scratch so that I can compete in some of the FSGA events and maybe some bigger senior events. “  I’ll be starting with him next Monday for the first “official” lesson.


Player 4

18 years old.  “Paul, My goal and dream is to earn a college golf scholarship in two years time.”  We have 1-2 lessons a week and while the scores aren’t dropping rapidly the swing characteristics and short game needed to do it are evident.  Now, time to work on “The total package”.


So, we all have different golf goals based on what we want to achieve. What I’ve seen from these four players and many others that I teach and have taught over the last 17 years can be described in my “Four D’s To Success

While I’m applying them to the game of golf, I think they can easily be applied to the game of life.  I know I’ve used these to get my lifetime passion of full time instruction off the ground and will continue to use them to make it a great success.


1.  Desire

A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen (to me, the want has to be much stronger than the wish!) To be successful you must truly want to be successful.  It has to be a drive and burn inside you that nothing will get in the way with.  You will exhaust all feasible possibilities to attain this.