Golfers are among my favorite solopreneurs to study, because there’s no ambiguity about how well they’re doing. Golfers’ business results are as plain to see as numbers on a spreadsheet: earnings, top-ten finishes, greens in regulation, number of putts per round, and dozens of other statistics.
With the 2014 golf year entering its final chapters, here are four takeaways from the season that help explain the solopreneur life.
Martin Kaymer, 29, Germany. In 2010 Kaymer was atop the world rankings after winning the PGA Championship. In the ensuing months he overhauled his golf swing in an attempt to improve his game. The results were disastrous. He was missing cuts and his confidence appeared to be shot. He was considered a very weak link on Europe’s 2012 Ryder Cup team.