November 22, 2012

How Playing Golf Can Help Bloggers or Online Entrepreneurs

R. Mfar published this at 8:14 am

I won’t say that degrees and conventional education is overrated but it’s a fact that we learn some of the most important lessons of our lives when we are not focusing on the “learning” part. As soon as we force our minds to “learn” something, it becomes a chore and the best we can do is to memorize the words and theories like a talking parrot. You cannot instill street-smartness into someone via text books. Ask any of those successful businessmen and they will attribute their success to some lessons or traits that they have learned during the course of their lives (and seldom from the course books).

But this post is not meant to be a jibe at conventional study, the actual point of this preamble is that even the leisure activities or sport, which is often considered a waste of time, can bestow you with valuable lessons or traits that will be of help in all walks of life, and blogging is no exception.

Blogging is undoubtedly a great way to make money online. If you are passionate about a particular topic, have good writing skills, and a basic understanding of Internet Marketing or SEO practices, you can use your spare time to blog about that topic and make some extra income. However, in a bid to earn as much as possible, some bloggers start spending all the time in front of PC, trying to churn out as many posts as they can, or promote their blogs. And while such dedication and hard work sounds good on paper, it can be quite cumbersome and counter-productive. If you are a full time blogger or online entrepreneur, you must take out some time for a leisure activity, ideally an outdoor sport. When I am looking to have the best of both worlds, I usually prefer to have a round of golf. Here’s why I think it can be of great help for bloggers or online entrepreneurs …

De-stress Your Mind:

All that time in front of your PC while sifting through one webpage after another, and thinking nonstop for new ideas or ways to earn money, can really have a deteriorating effect on your mind. The more you think, the more stressed your mind becomes, and it becomes quite difficult to perform at your optimum best when your mind is stressed. This is why it is so important to take some time out and allow your mind to relax.

If you are finding yourself getting into the writer’s block more often than not, activities like golf will work wonders. Once you step onto a golf course, and spend some time in a calm and peaceful environment with no blog posts to digest, or blank sheets to fill, you will return with a new found energy from this break. Not to mention that your mind will reward you with lots of new ideas for providing it with much needed rest.

Focus:

In Golf, all you have got is a club and a small ball that you need to put in a series of holes, in the bare minimum attempts. But to reach your goal, you will have to cope with many different hazards, wind, weather, and above all, your own instinct. Try swinging it a little too forcefully or push a little too gently and you will miss your target. Everything from the force to swing has got to be precise. All in all, the trait of focusing solely on your next shot can turn out to be a priceless training for your mind, and it will pay off in spades, helping you fight with the distractions and steer clear of procrastination.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone:

If I start jotting down the health risks associated with excessive sitting, gazing on your screens, and having little or no physical activity, many full time bloggers will get paranoid. But it’s a fact that we are only starting to realize the ills of our over-reliance on Internet for everything we do. If you are a full time blogger, I cannot stress enough the importance of adding a regular physical activity in your daily routine. And if that can be a sport, especially something as relaxing as Golf, it will turn out to be the icing on the cake. To be honest, this advantage alone should be enough to inspire you to take out some time and invest on this sport (or any other sport for that matter), because what good is the money if you are earning or saving on the expense of your physical or mental well being?

Scot Ryan loves to write about everyday topics related to bloggers and online entrepreneurs. Also, an avid player of Golf, he manages Lost Golf Balls, where you can find all sorts of golf balls at incredible prices.

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5 Comments to “How Playing Golf Can Help Bloggers or Online Entrepreneurs”

  1. November 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 am
    Joe Cascio said

    In addition to its benefits to oneself, golf is also a great way to get to know someone else. You spend 4 to 5 hours with that person, and see how they respond to success, failure, adversity and good fortune. You see if they’re a good or bad winner or loser. You see what their sense of humor is like. You find out if they’re honest and play by the rules or are trying to stretch them. Indeed, there’s no better way to discover a person’s true character than on the golf course.

  2. November 22nd, 2012 at 8:36 am
    Flyingiceman said

    Tiger taught us, among other things, that a golf course is no place for a distracted mind. I am a successful entrepreneur who loves golf. For me the two can be somewhat incompatible because of the singular focus that golf takes and how much starting and running a business takes away from that focus. Similarly a tough day at the course increases frustration that can negatively impact other things, like work. A bit of a vicious cycle or death spiral. I find activities like mountain biking or skiing a little less cerebral and therefore more compatible for achieving the goals of resting the mind while getting physical activity. That said, different er strokes for different folks.

  3. November 22nd, 2012 at 10:32 am
    Scott Ryan said

    True that, Joe.

    Every now and then, you come across some helluva guy as far as wisdom and achievements are concerned.

  4. November 22nd, 2012 at 11:38 am
    Debbie said

    Hi, I like your article. I spent many years sitting in front of a computer for work and hate to think of the damage done, however, now that I’m retired I try for a daily 30 minute walk. My husband loves golf and tries for 2 x/week. I like the great points Joe said in the previous comment!

  5. November 29th, 2012 at 3:51 pm
    Steve said

    Yep golf is the great leveller. I love getting out in the afternoon after a few hours on the computer.
    Being online workers its important to get some fresh air and outside activity once in a while.

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