Drive Determines Distance, Lisa Long-ball Volowsky
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!”
~Motto, Special Olympics
Lisa Long-ball Volowsky
This past week I had the privilege of attending the Royal LePage Prairies Brokers Conference in Edmonton Alberta. The guest speaker one afternoon was ‘Lisa Long-ball’. Lisa is Alberta proud, living and raising her family in Calgary. Lisa can drive a golf ball 3 and 1/2 football fields!! Her talk was inspirational and life applicable. Let me recap. Lisa spoke about Golf as a metaphor for life. Her three main qualifiers for success in life are that;
Drive Determines Distance both personally and professionally. Lisa suggests we dig down a little and figure out what Drives us. Really drives us. Finding out what gets us out of bed in the morning? What excites us about our day? Remember that Passion wanes over time, so it is imperative that we put ourselves in situations to be inspired and around people that inspire us. Ask yourself what you are capable of doing and also, be a part of Charitable Works. If we know and understand our drive we will know where achievement comes from.
How Far Do I Want to Go? For maximum return on exertion, set your goal. Do it when you are excited about that goal. This way you may aim farther than you attain, but outcome is always better with a goal, even if it is audacious! Lisa likes to compare Life to Golf, one bad shot, is just that, one shot. Own it, accept it, move on. Remember to BREATHE. Trust your Training and Throw Everything at your goal! Just as in Real Estate, professional Golfers don’t get paid if they don’t perform.
Stay the Course It is not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you get back up! Lisa’s favorite quote is by Thomas Edison, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Lisa is determined not to be one of those unaware of how close they could have come. This inspires her to ‘stay the course’. She advises us to do our ‘bucket list’ stuff. Do the things that scare you. Do things for the first time, accept change and surround yourself with good people. Don’t get stuck in the ‘safe’. Refuge is necessary every now and then, but not as a steady diet.
Just like Lisa, our confidence can be infectious, our leadership is by example and we can lend or borrow courage as needed.