Sunday, April 08, 2007

Winners Win without Keeping Score

How can you not be happy for Zach Johnson - this virtual no-name kid from Iowa who won golf's most prestigious event? He shows us all why humility is such a wonderful quality. In the post-match interview he seemed delightful and well-liked by all. He thanked his caddy, he thanked the fans, he thanked - on this blustery Easter Sunday - Jesus for helping him follow his dreams.

Honored to be wearing the green jacket, proud of the accomplishment, and thankful to all, Zach continued to teach us how the heart of a champion is often found in unlikely packages. He said something very peculiar - claiming that he didn't even know he was atop the leader board until walking down the 17th fairway. To him and his caddy, it was more important to "play their own game", to focus on the task at hand, and not worry about points. He knew he needed to execute - and execution requires blocking out the shouts from the gallery, the heavy gusts, the chilly temperatures - and just go out there and do what you do best.

It's the love of the game - the love of perfection. And it's no wonder that when you come across winners, it turns out that they love the game just that much more than your average player - and that's what gives them that competitive edge.

I love technology. I love real estate. I love playing the game. I'm proud of our accomplishments at and Not to sound cliche, but it's truly loving what you do that makes you successful in your endeavors. I was driving around yesterday and noticed these beautiful properties for sale, came back to look them over again today, thought about how much I would love to lead a team of investors in playing the real estate game again. Playing and winning.

It's not as difficult as it may sound - some smarts, some strategy, a touch of humility, and most of all, the love of the game, and you can be a champion too.


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