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Wisdom from the Golden Bear by Jim Stovall

Being involved in the television, movie, book, and speaking industries has given me the privilege of meeting some of the greatest people in the 20th, and now the 21st, century. All people of success have something to teach us. Whether it’s financial success, artistic success, or simply success in their personal family life, we reach our goals by following the leader.

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know and correspond with Jack Nicklaus through his reading of my books. Most experts agree Mr. Nicklaus, given the nickname the “Golden Bear” by sportswriters, is the greatest golfer of all time, and his career records will likely never be broken. In a world where, when it’s all said and done, there is a lot more said than done, Jack Nicklaus generally remains relatively quiet and lets his actions speak for themselves. When he does talk, people around him tend to listen and take note.

Mr. Nicklaus has always been very generous with his time and money. He has played in countless charity golf tournaments raising millions of dollars for good causes. At one such event, an average weekend golfer who was playing in the tournament asked Mr. Nicklaus for his recommendations on the kind of clubs to buy. Mr. Nicklaus responded, “Your problem is not your clubs.” Mr. Nicklaus’ advice can speak to all of us.

Technology has brought many great conveniences and tools into our lives. It makes a great servant but a horrible master. If you listen to advertisements for all of the myriad devices and various types of equipment available to us, one might think you can’t begin on your road to success without spending a lot of time and a lot of money acquiring stuff that you don’t currently have.

If you want to get into an exercise routine and improve your health, some brief research will tell you that there are many programs, devices, formulas, and pieces of exercise equipment that are essential before you begin. In reality, if you have a decent pair of walking shoes, most doctors and trainers will tell you that you can improve your health greatly by simply walking 20 to 30 minutes each day.

If you want to update your business skills and knowledge, you might feel like you need to travel to a distant university or take an outrageously expensive course. In reality, if you have access to the internet or a library card, you have more information readily available than you could ever absorb or master in a lifetime. Tools, equipment, and resources can help you get where you want to go, but they should never be an excuse for not getting started.

As you go through your day today, begin your quest right where you are with the tools that you have.

Today’s the day!

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