Daily Archives: February 18, 2011

“The more I practice the luckier I get.”

Lee Trevino was a great golfer and one of the best iron players and drivers of the ball ever. He came from meager beginnings and really honed his golf skills while in the Marine Corps. He was known to play for more money than he had in his pockets, , , and told people, “This is real pressure and much tougher than the tour.”

It’s said that he won a golf bet one time playing with a wrapped Dr. Pepper bottle as his only club.

The point with this article is that the reason he was so good and played so well under pressure was because he practiced for it. He beat Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the US Open when Jack was in his prime.

Some called him lucky when he holed out from off the green on one of the final holes of the British open to win that one. I can tell you for certain that it was not luck. Lee Trevino’s short game was unparallelled at the time, , , he was just as likely to hole a chip from off the edge of the green as he was to make a putt of the same distance.

“The more I practice the luckier I get.”

Managing an organization works the same way. The more you work on your skills the better they become, , , whether it be developing a presentation, delivering the presentation, budgeting, coaching employees for improvement, , , any aspect of management.

You don’t just wake up one day and decide you will be good at something, , , and there you are. To be good at anything takes some work, focus and determination, , , and you guessed it, , , practice.

Practice and you will improve, , , and maybe “get lucky”. The reality is that it is not “luck”, , , you succeed because you prepare to succeed.