Ask me a question and I will tell you the truth. It may not be the truth that you wish to hear but it will be the truth. We teach our children to tell the truth but sometimes they lack the confidence to speak it. This is especially true when they failed to complete a chore or an assignment. We have all been there, instead of telling the truth, we evade the question or come up with some elaborate story in an effort to avoid some kind of consequence.
I can't make the golfers complete any of the assignments. It is my hope that they will want to do them because they like and want to learn more about golf. There are no consequences. If I ask about an assignment, my only expectation is honesty. An honest answer cannot be a wrong answer.
I have been fortunate to teach a lot of junior golfers and I love it because I believe I have an opportunity to shape the future of young people both on the course and in life. One of the ways I hope to do that is by teaching them nine core values.
If you look up the word honest in the dictionary you will find a number of definitions that include: free from fraud or deception, truthful, legitimate, genuine, real, reputable and respectable. These are words that a golfer should strive to not only play by but also live by in their daily lives.
In my experience, people who are willing to cheat on their scorecard in golf cannot be trusted to do the right thing in business or in life.