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Mikes Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday is written weekly by NEPGA Executive Director Michael Higgins.  It is his effort to help provide motivation and encouragement for NEPGA Professionals, Partners and Staff that will hopefully help you begin your week on the right foot.  Motivation Mondays will include a “Quote of the Week” and a story that will hopefully keep you motivated and in a positive state of mind.

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How many of you can recall a manager who used to push you? How many of you would agree that their push led to getting the most production out of you?  There are so many different leadership styles and qualities.  Some of which can inspire and motivate, while others, well….not so much.  Steve Jobs’ leadership was…READ MORE

Whenever I am with someone and we meet a person they do not know, I always try and do my best to make introductions.  I never want to leave someone standing alone and not part of the conversation.  It’s inconsiderate for starters, but it can make the situation uncomfortable for everyone involved. READ MORE

Recently I listened to an interview with former Ultimate Fighting Champion Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez, III).  At one time Shamrock was pound-for-pound one of the deadliest men in the world.  He was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship and retired as a four-time defending undefeated champion. READ MORE

PGA Professionals come in contact with so many people day in and day out, and the number of individuals impacted by a PGA Professional throughout their career is difficult to tally.  There are many different systems used by people to live a successful life and have a successful career, and I’m always fascinated to learn of how individuals apply these methods personally. READ MORE

This time of year there is quite a bit of preparation in our industry, and I certainly work with many PGA Professionals to help them prepare for job interviews.  The preparation that goes into this process can be extensive and the hours and hours that are needed just for a thirty-minute interview can be significant.  Preparation, or lack of preparation, is something we can relate to almost every aspect of our lives. READ MORE

Two weeks ago we talked about the importance of never getting too far from the basics.  The most basic concept that we all have is our time.  Respecting your time, appreciating your time and utilizing your time wisely are key components to your happiness and success. READ MORE

On this day of remembrance for the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought it only fitting to talk about him during my Motivation Monday article.  I thought I might try and read some of his speeches and look at some of his quotes for inspiration, but I put my head down and the next thing I knew two hours had passed. READ MORE

In 2019, during my speech at the NEPGA Spring Meeting I shared a story about one of my friends from college.  His name is Alan Stein and after graduation from college Alan became a performance and strength coach that worked with some of the most elite high school basketball players in the country. Many of the athletes he worked with are now household names from their time playing in the NBA. READ MORE

During our family dinner on New Year’s Eve we were reflecting on 2020 and the changes we would like to see in the upcoming year.  My son Connor was trying to make a point about how much he despises remote learning and became jumbled up on what year it was and said 2020…. paused for a few seconds, and then blurted out ONE!  It sounded like he was saying 2020 Won READ MORE

As the year from Hades comes to an end and you consider what New Year’s Resolutions you will attempt to keep in 2021, it might be a great time to review 2020 through your minds reflective lens and think long and hard about what lessons you’ve learned this year that could possibly help you in the future. READ MORE

I heard a story that I would like to share about a man named Ryan Estis.  Ryan was traveling through the Minneapolis airport a few years back on Christmas Eve, and he had an interaction with a barista that day that would impacted his life forever. READ MORE