Success, achievement possible — but are you willing to pay the price?


John Maurice


By John Maurice

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28)

In 2017 I went with a friend to the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. The golfers were amazing. In Gee Chun from South Korea finished 15 under par. Angela Stanford from Texas finished in third place at 11 under par. But the winner that day was Lexi Thompson, finishing at 20 under par. Lexi set a new record for the Kingsmill Championship’s 72-hole course, surpassing the mark Annika Sorenstam set in 2008 by one shot. At the age of 22, Lexi had won her 8th LPGA championship.

How does that happen? How do you get that good and play that well?

Alexis Noel “Lexi” Thompson burst onto the golf scene in 2007 as a 12-year-old. She wasn’t old enough to drive a car, but she could drive a golf ball 250 yards. In June of 2007 she became the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.

In her first year of tournament play she earned over $300,000. She signed a megadeal with Cobra Puma Golf, and by the age of 16 she had become the youngest player ever to win an LPGA championship.

Lexi picked up her first golf club at the age of 5 and started playing golf at age 7. By sixth-grade her game was important enough that her parents decided to homeschool her so that she could spend seven hours a day practicing. Her older brothers played golf and went on to become professional golfers. Lexi said, “I’d try to out-drive them and beat them in chipping contests.”

Jim McLean coached her from the ages of 12 to 18 and says she was a “fiery young girl, very intense” and determined. At the age of 14 she could swing a golf club 100 mph. Her coach said, “She’d practice all day, go home and hit another hundred drives. Almost nobody does that. She had a phenomenal desire to be a great player.”

Lexi has earned over $7.5 million in prize money. She also represented the United States in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Lexi was willing to pay the price to become a professional golfer. She knew that to achieve the goal of becoming a professional golfer she needed to be all in. So, Lexi practiced seven hours a day and exceeded her coach’s requirements by going home and practicing even more.

What do you want in life? Are you willing to sacrifice and pay the price to achieve it? Want financial independence and freedom from credit card debt? Maybe you need to quit charging coffee on your credit card and begin packing your lunch each day instead of eating out. Want to buy your own home? Start putting money into savings instead of buying that shiny new car. Interested in getting an “A” in your class? Read the book, study, spend time doing the research project, and commit yourself to excellence instead of mediocrity.

What type of life do you want to live? You can achieve it — if you are willing to pay the price.

John W. Maurice is president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of MACU.