Recent discussions on GNN have centred around apathy in the golf industry and I’m not sure any of us know how rampant it is in our business.
Times are changing and people are challenged, but I know a lot of people got into the business to be in it – we enjoy the people and the game. It’s just in our blood and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
Around here, we’ve had a few challenging years and that wears on you when you’re struggling to make things work or make your bottom line and sometimes, what happens is that you lose sight of why you got into the game in the first place.
I don’t think it’s intentional. It has everything to do with getting beat up a few times and I think that’s a fair comment. At some point, you say, `Geez, what am I doing?’ The answer I have, personally, is `You’re doing what you love to do.’
I heard one statistic that said something like 70 per cent of people go to work and don’t like their jobs. To me, you have to put things into perspective and put a value on going to work and loving your job.
Personally, I can’t imagine getting up at six in the morning and driving into downtown Calgary to an office. I’d lose my mind.
Every job has its positives and negatives, but as I write this, I’m looking out my office window and people are enjoying recreation, kids are hitting golf balls and the weather is nice. Sure, there are some mosquitoes around, but if that’s the worst we have to worry about, we’re doing okay.
The good outweighs the bad. I never thought I’d be here 21 years. I thought I would bounce around to different places, but you have challenges every day, not matter where you’re employed.
If those challenges go away, then I’m in real trouble. I’d have to stir things up just to stay employed!
It’s still pretty special coming over the top of the hill to work here and more people want to be here than not, so not only do we need to realize that ourselves, but emphasize it to the generation coming behind us.
That generation’s expectations are much different than my generation’s. That doesn’t make it wrong, but it just makes it what it is and somehow, we should be doing what we can to maintain their enthusiasm.
We hired a couple of guys earlier this year and you can see the sparkle in their eyes. They truly love the game and the people and if you can surround them with good opportunity and a good environment, they’re going to succeed and I think that’s the key.
Those ahead of them can set an example and make sure the atmosphere and facilities are conducive to growing their careers. If that happens, golf benefits and the result is anything but apathetic.