When it comes to the discipline of discovery, one of my favorite reminders comes from an old movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance.

In the film, Bagger, played by Will Smith, is a golf caddy who is a cross between a Jedi and a Guru.  To say that he gives sage advice would be an understatement.

Bagger finds himself caddying for, once champion golfer, Rannulph Junuh, who has lost his swing.  Matt Damon plays the role.

As the frustrated Junuh nears the brink of quitting, Bagger speaks the words that would eventually save the day.

“Inside each and every one of us is our one true, authentic, swing.  Something we was born with. Something that’s ours and ours alone.  Something that can’t be learned . . . Something that’s got to be remembered.”

After seeing the movie I wrote those words on a slip of paper and have kept them for the past decade.

As a leader and a learner I am constantly asking myself if I am pursuing who I was born to be.

How about you?  Are you being true to yourself, or have you lost your way?

I hope you will take some time this week to evaluate your “swing.”

I think you will find it has been there all along.  All you have to do is . . . remember.




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John Orr

10 years ago

“What’s the worst thing that can happen?
“What’s the worst thing that can happen?–to live someone else’s life thinking that it’s your own.”
Poet, David White


10 years ago

Wise words JO. Thanks for commenting!

Scott Humphrey

10 years ago

I once heard a speaker ask an audience: “How many of you are living your dream?” Maybe 1/10th of the audience raised their hand. The audience including myself was stunned when the speaker then asked: “For the rest of you, whose dream are you living?”


10 years ago

Powerful Scott!

Jane Yarbrough

10 years ago

I think we all drift away sometime and I am so thankful for leaders like you bring us back and remind us “the swing” we need to be using. Jane


10 years ago

Thanks Jane. Keep swinging!!!

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