Pure luck, or maybe not?

Have had an interesting couple of days. Tuesday night I spent re-visiting the Sussex Coaches network and the launch of their winter Coach Development programme. This is where the County Golf Partnership has the opportunity to come together and build their workforce to suit the needs of the participants, whether they are aspiring elite players, disabled players, old ladies or young boys. It is interesting to follow how this develops as it is probably the first time that counties have really thought about who they employ to coach their players, what background and training that coach has and what key performances they want to see in the role. In any other field of work this would be completely out of the question as anyone hiring anybody to do a job would want to make sure that the person is fit for the job. Golf’s tradition has been very much along the lines of word of mouth recommendation though and there is nothing wrong with that, as long as it is accompanied by a clear idea of what it is we want. There is a great group of coaches working hard on their own development now in Sussex, as well as in a few other counties and I am convinced that this will pay off enormously in the future in terms of player performances.

Following some meetings in London I went on to have one of those real off the wall meetings, with a friend of a friend who had introduced us and though it might be a good idea for us to meet. As I sit here this morning to reflect on this meeting and the opportunities it presented I come to think about Dr Richard Wiseman’s book, The Luck Factor. He studied a number of people who were perceived as being ‘lucky’. What he found was that they were not particularly fortunate at all, they were just extremely good at creating their own opportunities. They chatted to people when they had a chance, they set up meetings like the one I met to, they went to places and made sure to constantly stay in the ‘flow’ of where things happened. The guy I met runs a business called Let Us Create and having been a bit creative since last night I have already thought about a number of projects where we could make great use of them!


1 Response to “Pure luck, or maybe not?”

  1. 1 Steve October 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Serendipity is not serendipitous, serendipity is ubiquitous. How true! Love it, that’s my motto from now on!

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