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What’s in your next chapter?!

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annika-sorenstam-pregnantHave you ever thought about changing gears?   We continually strive for more – playing at the top of our game, being the best we can be, striving to get to the top.    We want to sell more, make more,  do more, be more.   And not just in our careers.   We go out  and break 90 on the golf course,  and return the next day to try to break 85.    We had $10M in Sales in 2009 — and shoot for $15M in 2010.

It’s contagious.  The more we achieve, the more we want to achieve.

So how do you define ‘retirement’?   I call it ‘betterment’.    Changing gears allowing  us to do something that perhaps we hadn’t before considered.  Along the lines of the ‘Blue Ocean’ theory.   Retirement doesn’t have to mean stopping.   In fact, I like to think of it as starting.   Bettering.  Growing in a new direction.   Creating new opportunities.

Forbes Magazine put together this list of pro-athletes who retired in their prime.     Each still a legend and each taking the opportunity to grow in a new direction.    Works for me.

What’s in your next chapter?   Worth thinking about.  Have a look …

Bobby Jones: Five time winner of the US Amateur,  4- time winner of the US Open and winner of 3 British Opens, Bobby retired at age 28.   He remains the only golfer ever to win all four major championships in the same year, the famous “Grand Slam of Golf.”   Bobby went on to design the Augusta National Course with Alistair MacKensie.

Jim Brown: Best known for his record setting nine-year football career as a running back for the Cleveland Browns.  He was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever.  He later went on to become a successful actor. Read the rest of this entry »

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I believe.

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The Olympics.  The best of the best.  Achieving Dreams.  Believing.   The power of now.

On the morning of the Opening Ceremonies,  I wake up with such a feeling of quiet excitement.  A beginning.  Dreams coming true.  Achieving the impossible.  Breaking records.  Personal Bests.   Becoming a Legacy.

There is no question that the Olympics represent excellence.  I love everything about the Olympics.  The goals, the hard work, the dreams, the global unity, the competition and the pride.   Here we go.   Embrace the Olympics for it’s search for excellence.  And then … in your own quiet way…  carry your own torch.   Here’s to the Olympics.  Here’s to breaking records.  Here’s to surpassing expectations.  Here’s to personal bests and here’s to achieving the unachievable.

I believe … do you?

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The Luxurious Riviera….(and this time, not the Cote d’Azur)

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The historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.  A course which has seen the likes of PGA winners such as Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin and Fred Couples.  In a remarkable ‘come-from-behind’ win,  this year’s trophy goes to Phil Mickelson.    Down by 1 at the end of the ninth, the race was between Phil Mickelson and Jeff Quinney.  Quinney’s remarkable hole-in-one left him 1-down coming into the final round of the tournament, but Phil Mickelson proved that consistency and hard work can lead to results.  Winning by 2 shots,  Mickelson took his first Riviera trophy.

Having first played at the Riviera when he was 17,  Mickelson takes the trophy at 37, 20 years later.   Michelson now ranks number 2 behind Tiger Woods in World Golf Rankings.  Woods has never won at the Riviera Club in his 11 appearances.  36 of the top 50 World Ranking Players were entered this year, into the tournament which is now the 81st showing of what began in 1926 as the LA Open.

Weather is a dominant factor at the Riviera.   For the past few years, bystanders have labeled it as the ‘historic River Club’ due to the large amount of rain which has come down during the tournament.   The par 71, 7260  yard course sits atop a sandy basin in the Santa Monica Valley.    Though it drains remarkably well, it has been the subject of extreme weather conditions for the past few years, from the first snowfall in 20 years (Malibu got three inches) to a long draught last year.   The course has few protective roughs and fast greens.

The secret?  The secret is in the putting at the Riviera.  It all comes down to shot making and the short game.  Of the last 15 winners at the Riviera, it was their putting that stood out, not their drives.  12 of 15 players had one of two of their best putting weeks of the season in thier win.

The Lesson:   Consistency pays off.   Every shot matters. It’s not over until it’s over.  Fitness pays dividends. And sometimes, it helps to have a little luck.

Take note.

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And the Oscar goes to… The top 100 Golf Courses in the World

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Cap Cana I don’t know about you, but I am always searching for the best.  The best restaurant, the best cup of coffee, the best fallen chocolate cake.   I read, I travel and I surf the net.  And I strive to be the best…or perhaps better to say that I strive to do my best at whatever I do.  Whether it is in the office,  on the tennis court,  on the fairway.   I work hard and continually try to improve.

 

If you are a golfer (which I like to pretend I am), you will enjoy reading through and visualizing these top 100 golf courses around the world.  I like to mentally play the holes as I visualize the layout and make my own list of the courses that one day I would truly love to play.  And I was surprised to realize how many of these courses I actually had played…Cypress Point, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Ballybunion,  Turnberry, Pinehurst,  The Country Club and Muirfield in the top 40.  Not bad for a novice. 

 

But the Oscar in my view goes to the Dominican Republic.  Well known for Casa de Campo and the famous ‘Teeth of the Dog’ (with a bark as well as a bite!),  this has often been referred to as ‘the Carribean’s most complete resort’.  Now,  neighboring Casa de Campo to the South is luxurious Cap Cana.  A spectacular links course designed by Jack Nicklaus,  this course will bring even the most experienced golfer to his knees.  Nothing that can’t be cured by the spas, dark rum and white sand beaches which await you at the 19th hole.

 

Luxurious.  Decadent.  Beautiful and Spectacular.

 

http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/topcourses.asp

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Faceshots and Champagne…Sinfully Nice!!!

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HeliskiingEleven skiers, One guide.  Endless blankets of freshly fallen snow.  The sounds of silence.  An infinity of mountains.

You drop off a small cliff into a pillow of untracked snow beneath you. And another. And another.  Snow brushes past your face and flies into your mouth.   Powder.  Champagne powder.

This is heli-skiing.  Adventure skiing at it’s finest.

Miles from where you started, the helicopter skirts you to new terrain.  Untracked glaciers, flumes, chutes and bowls.  3000 foot verticle descents.  And that’s only one run.

After a week with Canadian Mountain Holidays,  the world’s largest and finest helicopter ski company, you may be honored to have earned your name etched in gold on a placque on the wall.  That’s for the 200,000 foot super-achievers.  200,000 feet skied in one week.

And the ‘Million-foot’ club?   That’s right.  Once you have skied 1,000,000 feet you are honored with a free (depending on how you look at it!) Bogner ski suit.   And if you are lucky, a bottle of Dom (or two) will be uncorked as well.

I remember saying on my first trip, “If I die doing this,   it  was worth it”.   That was 8 trips ago.  And I am still saying it.

Sinfully fun.   Simply the best.

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