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|Chase Your Dreams By Taking A Swing At A Second Career|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Monday, 02 April 2012 07:53|
Author Applies Lessons Learned Pursuing Pro Golf Dream
With about 12 million Americans out of work and another 2.5 million working less than they want, it’s surprising that we could be facing a labor shortage in the near future. In just six years, there could be more jobs than people to fill them, according to recent research funded by MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures.
In addition, as many as 8 million people in this country have finished one career and started a second, says Keith Gockenbach, a chemical engineer who retired to pursue dual second careers as a professional golfer and author.
In his book, Inside, Outside, and On the Ropes: Life Lessons from Q-School and The Majors (www.insidetheropesgolf.com), Gockenbach writes about the lessons he learned while trying to make the PGA’s Champions Tour. They’re lessons that also apply to job hunters and those seeking a new, perhaps more gratifying career.
“I was able to pursue my dream but the odds were long. Looking back, I saw much of what I learned could easily apply to other professions. I learned these things on a golf course but they can work anywhere,” Gockenbach says. “Don’t sell yourself short in golf or in life.”
One he found most personally useful emerged as he battled the frustration and disappointment that come with weekly battles just to make the next tournament.
“You have to fight your way back the same way you’d eat an elephant,” he writes. “A little at a time. Patiently. Calmly. Pace yourself. One shot at a time.”
Gockenbach’s book chronicles his quest to play in professional golf’s Champion’s Tour for players 50 and older. It’s the story of a day-to-day struggle for someone reviving the dream of his adolescence fairly late in life.
His efforts crystallized in his final lesson: “Chasing a dream is a job, not a hobby."
About Keith Gockenbach
Keith Gockenbach grew up in Robinson, Ill., and caddied for pros during tournaments there. The top graduate in chemical engineering at Clemson University in 1977, he started a successful career at Eastman Chemical Co. He retired in 2004 from his first career to pursue his dream of professional golf. He played in the 2006 U.S. Senior Open and 2007 (British) Senior Open as well as six Champions Tour Q-Schools.
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