I’m so excited to share some salient, sage advice from AT&T’s Foursome today while they’re enjoying Pebble Beach and the #AATPROAM. Each member of the group has overcome an obstacle and has a unique viewpoint on life (and on golf). Tim Lang survived war and an amputation. Tiffany Fitzgerald began a nonprofit to teach women of color about golf so they don’t feel left out in the boardroom or on the green. Katie Horsford used golf to propel herself to greater confidence. Dan McLaughlin began play golf at 30 with the intent of logging 10,000 hours of practice.
I was exceptionally lucky to be able to interview each member of the Foursome and pick their brains for vitally important information about each one of their endeavors.
What advice would you give women who feel left behind, ignored, or marginalized at their jobs?
I was able to use golf to level the playing field at work and build the necessary relationships to help with my career advancement. Understanding the game, and enjoying it allows you to change the dynamic of your relationships at work.Playing golf positions you to be where the guys are. You don’t have to be great at it, you just need to be there.
What have you learned from starting your own small business?
Being a small business owner has taught me about tenacity, endurance, and having the ability to think through the tough patches, understanding that sometimes, it’s not personal it’s just business. I think women have a hard time with that.
What advice would you give others who want to begin a small business?
The advice I would give anyone who wants to start a business is to go for it. The greater the risk the greater the reward. GO in to it understanding what you need to do and focus on building the necessary relationships to make it happen. Golf can help with the relationship part.
What advice would you give to military families dealing with a difficult reintegration?
Try new things and seek out other vets. You never know what you will enjoy and enjoying life is the key component to successful reintegration!
How has the Marine Corps influenced who you are and what you’re doing today?
In so many ways “dedication, determination, discipline are the top three and honor, courage and commitment which is the motto of the Marines.
What advice would you give military families and individuals on transitioning out of the military lifestyle?
Life is different on the civilian side but its where life will continue so getting involved in the community seemed like the best way I was able to transition. I can’t emphasize the enough the importance of finding other veterans and getting involved in some way with them. They have been there and understand in ways others can’t!
How do you continue to stay passionate about your new pursuit?
Being challenged on a daily basis and responding to that is the best way to stay passionate and motivated. Each hour and day is an entirely new experience and one to enjoy.
What advice would you give people who want to try something radically new or different?
Personally, I would start small and work my way up. If I was starting something radically new or different I would spend time in the evenings tinkering and practicing and once I was comfortable I would bring it out to the public.