Mickelson, The Open and Doing Hard Things.




Did you watch The British Open this weekend?


I’m sorry.

I mean “The Open Championship.”


It’s like Fight Club.

The first rule of The British Open is that you do not call it The British Open.


The Open.

Or… The Open Championship.



At any rate, did you see all the frowny faces in the evening interviews?



The golfers were upset with how challenging the course was.

On Friday one player said it was nearly “unplayable.”




Call it schadenfreude, but there is something likable about watching Tiger, Lee Westwood or anyone esle go from tee to rough to sand to three-putt.



It validates the difficulty of the course.

Considering The Open is a major championship, it’s not supposed to be easy.


When these golfers all shoot 25 under par during a tournament, no one ever says the course was easy.

They talk about ball striking and confidence and their short game.



But when it’s hard….



Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, knows this.

Here he is motivating his team in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.




It’s not supposed to be easy… and it wasn’t for the Spurs.

They managed to lose a championship after being up by 5 with 8 seconds left in that very game.


(That is also not easy to do.)


Back to The Open: Phil played the best round on the biggest stage.


The four golfers in the best position to snag the Claret Jug – Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – collectively played 16 shots worse than they did in Round 3. This is proof it wasn’t easy.





Phil Mickelson made it look easy when it wasn’t.


As ESPN noted: He [Mickelson] was the only player in the last 11 groups to break 70 – doing so by four strokes. He birdied four of the last six holes and closed with a back-nine 32.


Admittedly, it’s a bit of a leap from The Open to language learning, but the point is the same: It’s not supposed to be easy.


Only 11% of Americans speak more than 1 language.

Those that do stand out.


Some language learning companies make it far more easier to become bilingual or micro-fluent, but it still requires commitment, focus, determination and effort.



If you want it, you must go out and get it.

It’s not supposed to be easy.




Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish language gap in the construction industry. 

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  1. Strong post, good stuff. 11% stand out from the crowd, differentiate yourself, grow personally and professionally, talk to Red Angle…

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