Striving, Success, & Shots

​​​​​​​“I’m past patiently waiting

I’m passionately mashing every expectation Every action is an act of creation…

And I am not throwing away my shot.”

My Shot - Hamilton

With her recent election as the President of the PGA of America, Suzy Whaley is once again “mashing every expectation”. I say “once again”, because Suzy has made habit out of defying expectations.

By winning the 2002 Connecticut PGA Championship, she became the first woman to win a Section Championship and in doing so she became the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event in 58 years. In 2014, she was elected Secretary of the PGA of America, making her the first woman to serve as an officer.

How did Suzy achieve all of these milestones? I certainly wasn't along for the entire ride, but I had the unique opportunity to have dinner with Suzy in March of 2014, during the midst of her run for Secretary. I remember discussing both personal and career goals. She said that she always wanted her goals to be big enough to scare her, but she would never be too scared to chase them. A growth mindset, coupled with hard work, the support of her family, friends, and colleagues led to a historic moment in late November when Suzy was elected as the first female President of our Association.

Goals create the road map for our lives. Goals give you permission to stop being a spectator in your life and instead become an active participant in the decision making. This stage of your Personal & Professional Development is critical in defining exactly what will demand your attention from this point forward.

"What stands between us and achieving our most ambitious dreams has far less to do with possessing some magical skill or talent, and far more to do with how we approach problems and make decisions to solve them"

-Stephen Dunier

And now it you’re your turn. Ask yourself what is important in your life and dream BIG. If you want to share your goals with me, I’d be honored to be your partner in the process.

Don’t throw away your shot.

Additional Resources

In addition, please enjoy these podcasts and video regarding reaching your ultimate career goals. Podcasts are great because you can listen to them in the car, and I encourage you to begin using your commute as time to prepare the be the best version of yourself you can be.

What Does it Really Mean to Have a Rich Life?

By: Remit Sethi

The 10 Success Principles to Create an Abundant Life

By: Jack Canfield

How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals

By: Stephen Dunier