The Golfer's Guide to the Meaning of Life: Lessons I've Learned from My Life on the Links Hardcover – Oct 12 2001
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The Golfer's Guide to the Meaning of Life (TM)
Lessons I've Learned from My Life on the Links
On the Nature of Champions
The most significant common intangible among the truly great is that they enjoy adversity. They want to be put in fear-inducing situations because they know it is the ultimate test. The true prize is not the trophy. Rather, the prize is the knowledge that at precisely the right moment, one is able to exercise absolute self-control and precise judgment.
We who play the game know that sometimes we get pleasant and unexpected surprises, such as a hole-in-one or a ball that skips off the water and onto dry land. We also know we are equally likely to get a bad break-- a wild bounce of the ball, a sudden gust of wind. The game leaves us no choice but to accept the good with the bad and to move on to the next shot.
The game of golf challenges your mind anew every single day and presents you with the ultimate opponent: yourself. I've always been amazed that people can derive so much satisfaction out of beating others when they have never taken the ultimate test of battling themselves.
On the Role of Mind
The swing is not the thing. The professional tours were and still are loaded with people who can swing the golf club as gracefully as you please. That does not make them great players. The difference between being a good swinger of the club and a great player lies between the ears, in the mind. To keep your mind open to learning new things is to keep progressing forward in life.
On Positive Thinking
I will say without hesitation that you cannot achieve any goal if you have negative thoughts running through your head. You must have positive and, what might even seem to others, bold thoughts. This is not to say that you should ignore the strengths of an opponent whether on the golf course, on a sales call, or in the boardroom. Acknowledge his strengths? Yes. Dwell on them? No.
From the Back Cover
"Golf is, of course, only a game. But it is a game that loves you back. I know of no man, woman, or child that ever felt as if the game somehow let them down. It may at times challenge us more than we would like it to, but does not life do the same?"
If there were a Mount Rushmore of golf, Gary Player's handsome, well-recognized face would have to be included. The winner of more than 160 professional tournaments, Player is a member of The Big Three-- along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer-- who dominated professional golf through the 1960s and 1970s. But Player's influence goes far beyond the golf course. Recognized as the Black Knight, he is an accomplished businessman and devoted family man, a life-long philanthropist, and tireless international ambassador of golf.
In The Golfer's Guide to the Meaning of Life, Player reflects on the most important life lessons that the game has taught him, lessons humble and profound, wise and universal. Written for nongolfers, new golfers, and experienced golfers alike, this is a book not about hitting a ball into a cup, but about what a funny old game can teach you about living life with strength, purpose, and joy.See all Product Description
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The book is nice physically, with good paper and a nice cover, so it would make a good gift.
The time came to find out more and searching Amazon brought up, as expected, a lot of golf instruction books. I was however after more of a book about the man and how he thinks and this book seemed to fit the bill.
I have to say that it is a little gem! A fairly quick and easy read but one that deserves to be read at least once every year or so to give you a kick up the backside to improve your attitude to the whole of life with relationships, career and your general purpose in life. There are the passages of text that you almost expect to be in there from Gary which almost validate buying the book. Then there are those unexpected pieces that raise an eyebrow or two and make you realise you've just been revealed another facet of his personality and makes it all the more intriguing as to what the next chapter will bring.
The chapter on Gary's exercise routine that he has done for an hour a day for as many years as he has been an elite golfer was very simple yet so inspirational with the energy that seemed to come off the page that I got on the floor and did 50 sit-ups right then and there. I was so motivated that I carried on and did a full weights workout despite the fact I was feeling a little tired beforehand. I have since done some form of exercise daily - such is the power of the man and how he motivates people.
I believe Gary is now in his 70s but it seems from the book that his philosphy to life was embedded at a young age and he has stuck to it rigidly through thick and thin and is the reason why he is still competitive on the Senior PGA tour after so many of his contemporaries faded long ago. If my father wasn't such an inspiration to me then I would gladly have had Gary and he is on a list of people I have that I hope to meet in my lifetime as I just know he is going to be around well into his 100s so the chance is very much there!
Great book. Great guy. What more can I say?!
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