Your Talents Are Transferable

With Scott After a Lesson

Years ago I lived in Columbia, SC while I was on the administrative staff of Columbia College. During those years, I spent many hours practicing golf at the Weed Hill Driving Range, and taking lessons from pro Jimmy Koosa.

Now I return to Columbia every few months to visit my daughter and her family. This year Jimmy Koosa was too busy coaching Little League, so he introduced me to his Assistant Pro, Scott Parker. After Scott and I met for an initial lesson, his story amazed me.

Why? Because he only started playing golf five years ago–and he has been a teaching professional the last three years. How could he excel in this tough sport so quickly?

Scott explained: “I was a music major at the University of South Carolina. So when I started playing golf, what I had learned about rhythm, tempo, and timing helped me develop a smooth golf swing–not built on mechanics, but on feel.”

When Scott demonstrates how to hit a shot, I feel like I am watching a symphony performance. Every motion flows. Every motion moves to the next one with a seamless transition.

Our first time on the lesson tee, he advised: “When you swing, think of one of your favorite songs. Imagine that you are swinging to that tune. You’ll be really happy with the distance and accuracy you get.”

He was right. That swing thought helped me improve, and enjoy the game more.

There’s a valuable life lesson here. You might think your college major or even your first two or three jobs were irrelevant for later life. However, the talents you develop in one situation can become quickly transferable to another, as Scott’s case illustrates. If you were president of your sorority or fraternity, those leadership skills will help you manage departments, divisions, and even an entire company. To share my own background, I edited our college yearbook. So developing my Web site, blog, and Social Media sites came quite naturally. Decades ago, I learned how to do layout for pages that would attract and hold attention.

Analyze your current professional responsibilities. List the proficiencies required for top-level performance. Then assess how you can succeed now by using what you learned much earlier in different settings. Just as Scott Parker applied his music major to golf, you can apply talents that, while you were learning them, seemed useless outside a limited scope. Most of your previous experiences taught you something you can use today.

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Difference Between Happiness and Joy

Frances Brown, Filled with Joy

See this lady’s smile? Lights up the room, doesn’t it? Certainly that’s the first thing I noticed when I entered the Georgia Department of Labor building in Athens, GA a couple of weeks ago. From the minute I spotted Frances Brown from 100 feet away, her smile captivated me. We got acquainted, chatted briefly, and she showed me the room where I would be speaking to the Athens Employers Committee.

When the attendees started arriving, Frances joined the audience, much to my delight. My presentation topic: “Always Push the Up Button: How to Stay Highly Motivated–Every Day.” For thirty minutes I described my personal strategies for maintaining motivation, even during very challenging times. Then I asked the participants to share their keys to remaining upbeat.

Frances was one who responded to my invitation. She told us there is a distinct difference between happiness and joy. From her experience, she knew that happiness could be temporary, depending on our circumstances. When life is going smoothly, we’ll be happy, but when hard times hit us, happiness disappears.

On the other hand, joy is permanent. Joy rises above and beyond our circumstances–and stays there.

Let’s turn to Frances’ exact words, which reveal her faith-based conviction:

“The POWER of JOY versus HAPPINESS.”

“HAPPINESS is determined by whatever situation is going on in your life at the time but JOY comes from within and being connected to the LORD. JOY is the inner PEACE with GOD no matter what the situation. JOY lets you know who you are and whose you are in times of trouble no matter if the situation is good or bad.”

Wow! No wonder Frances displays a radiant smile throughout the day. As you can imagine, her words lifted everyone in the room, including me.

I’m grateful to Frances Brown for granting permission to publish her dynamic definition. I’m sure you are grateful as well.

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