Character By Zig Ziglar
In the world of golf there are many names which are legendary – Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, etc. However, considering all factors, there are many who would say that Ben Hogan, for special reasons, would have to rate at or close to the top of the totem pole.
Hogan’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but they include 242 top ten finishes in PGA Tour events between 1932 and 1970 for a career that spanned 38 years. Hogan won 30 tournaments between 1946 and 1948, after returning from two years in the Army. However, Hogan is best remembered for the fact that on February 2, 1949, his car collided head-on with a Greyhound bus and he was nearly killed. Doctors initially doubted he would survive. Next they predicted he would never walk or play golf again, but just sixteen months later he was walking down the 18th fairway at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, putting the finishing touches on the storybook victory at the 1950 U.S. Open.
When his name is mentioned it is generally with awe and the comments people consistently make are about the intensity of his game, his commitment to practice, his total concentration on the issue at hand and his absolute unwillingness to settle for anything less than his best effort. He probably studied the game more than anybody in history and worked diligently from dawn to dusk on the practice range, perfecting every facet of his game.
I know that many readers of this column are not golfers, but I talk about Hogan because the qualities that made him a great golfer would have made him a success in virtually any field of endeavour. The same can be said for all of us. He had total commitment, a strong work ethic, studied the game as few, if any, ever had, and had an absolute conviction he could improve, regardless of the state of his game. I’m convinced that if you’ll adopt these qualities and focus on your chosen job or career, I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.[VISIT WWW.ZIGLAR.COM FOR MORE LIKE THIS]