“Go to Dinner with Good Putters”

by Brian on April 26, 2011

Here’s a video of pro golfer Tom Kite sharing some advice: “go to dinner with good putters.” Kite received the advice early in his career by his teacher Harvey Penick. Kite realized later that the advice wasn’t about putting, as much as attitude. His teacher understood that good putters often have positive attitudes, and that their optimism would influence Kite:

More on the relationship between attitude and performance:
An excerpt from author Erik Calonious’ article about the psychology of lucky people (the article appeared on Jonathan Fields’ blog, which I found via Psychology Today):

[Psychologist Richard Wiseman] surveyed a number of people and, through a series of questionnaires and interviews, determined which of them considered themselves lucky—or unlucky. He then performed an intriguing experiment: He gave both the “lucky” and the “unlucky” people a newspaper and asked them to look through it and tell him how many photographs were inside. He found that on average the unlucky people took two minutes to count all the photographs, whereas the lucky ones determined the number in a few seconds.

How could the “lucky” people do this? Because they found a message on the second page that read, “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” So why didn’t the unlucky people see it? Because they were so intent on counting all the photographs that they missed the message. Wiseman noted,

‘Unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.'”

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