Finish Strong December 2008


“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves”

– Dale Carnegie


In 2007 the young Irishman, Padraig Harrington, stood on the 18th hole of one of the most admired golf tournaments of all time, the Open Championship (British Open).

He had all but won the tournament and what would be his first major golf victory. Teeing off with a two stroke lead made it seem this wonderful victory was clinched.

~ Until the unimaginable happened.

Not only his first shot, but also the one following found the water. I remember being glued to the television waiting to see if he’d be able to keep his composure. Padraig refused to go down without a fight and finished as strong as he could and somehow ended up with a tie. The playoff was victorious and he went on to win his first ever major golf tournament. And even more amazing, won two out of four of the major events this year.

I believe that as he was taking his second penalty last year, he had about 30 seconds to make up his mind. Thirty seconds to decide to stay in the game and finish strong, or throw in the towel. He made the right decision and reaped the rewards.

Finish strong, and have a great rest of the year!

Randy Sims

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