“There is no better game in the world when you are in good company, and no worse game when you are in bad company.”
– Tommy Bolt
If you’re not familiar with Tommy Bolt’s story, he was an accomplished PGA Tour golfer who won 15 titles, including one major at the 1958 U.S. Open. He didn’t join the tour until his 30’s, well after serving in the United States Army in WWII. The most interesting part of his story is not his achievement as a professional golfer. He was better known for his temper around the links. His nicknames include The Thunder and Terrible Tommy. He had a reputation for tantrums, breaking his clubs and throwing them into water hazards.
This quote suggests how golf can be the worst game when you’re in bad company is fitting because Terrible Tommy was often the bad company.
Imagine if you were on the course with Tommy during his prime and had to contend with his rants. I am sure his attitude and energy would affect your game. I think I can safely assume that any other tour players paired up with Tommy probably didn’t have their best rounds on those days.
Who are you surrounding yourself with? Are the people around you leveling up your game, or are they dragging you down like a Thunderbolt?
We get to chose who we hang around….we CHOSE to allow people into our lives. So who have you chosen to spend your time with?
I do my very best to surround myself by 3 different categories of people. It has had a dramatic positive impact on my wealthy, my stress level, and my fulfilment in work and life. I suggest you do the same.
- Those further behind the times as you. Help them achieve their goals.
- Those who are in the same place as you. Mastermind with them.
- Those who are further ahead on the timeline. Shut up and listen. When you are the dumbest person in the room, you will learn a ton, collapse timelines and get ten times your results.