If you really passionately believe in what you are doing but don’t seem to be making traction, what do you do? When it comes to your livelihood, that may depend on how many mouths you are feeding. But if you have the flexibility to keep at it and the focus to keep finding ways to improve, eventually you will “make the cut”.
Robert Middleton (a blogger for independent professionals) wrote an inspiring post about Justin Rose who played in the finals of the recently completed U.S. Open golf tournament. Middleton tells about Rose coming in 4th in the British Open when he was still an amateur at the age of 17. Naturally Rose turned pro, but following his amateur success he went through 26 consecutive tournaments of not making the cut. Making the cut in pro golf means getting prize money for participating in final rounds. No cut, no income. Rose persisted, though, and he now makes over US $1million a year. No, he’s not a big name, but he has a very nice income.
Middleton closes with,
I suppose the message for Independent Professionals is pretty clear: It takes persistence in any endeavor to ultimately make a mark. And even if you work with focus and commitment, it doesn’t mean you’ll end up at the top of your game. After all, there will always be people like Tiger Woods whom you’ll rarely beat. But you could hardly call Justin Rose a failure. Just the contrary. Now Rose makes the cut most of the time. And he makes a very decent living doing what he loves.