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Great Quote:

So I am what you’d call a High I/D personality. According to the DISC personality profile that means I am pretty outgoing driven person. I also have very little S (nurturer) and Zero C (detail / analytical). According to this profile I should not over analyze things and for the most part I don’t do this hardly ever except in sports. Specifically golf.

I literally wear myself out over my golf game. I think about it constantly and it just creates a mess for me on the course. This was most recently evidenced last weekend when I went up to play a 3 day tournament in Michigan. I made it 16 holes and then decided to go do something else for the day / weekend. Pitiful I know. I just was playing horrible and not having any fun as a result.

As I was getting ready to come back home my Dad gave me the following quote and had me read it out loud in the car. It certainly puts things in perspective and it is my hope that I will be able to apply this line of thinking to my golf game. I think I’ll enjoy it more. . . Enjoy. . .

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear or embarrassement or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be rapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Steve Jobs
CEO of Apple 


Remind me again why I got a Mac?

Mac’s are the best! Mac’s rock! That’s what I heard over and over again. Here’s the one I really like. . .”Especially for graphics. If you’re working with graphics, you HAVE to have a mac!”

Here’s the truth. Macs are fine. Macs look cool. Macs are no better than PC’s. In fact, it’s been my experience that macs aren’t as good as PC’s.

Now before all you “I’ve joined the Mac cult” people freak out on me, I’m going to tell you 2 real life examples that happened to me just tonight and I would like for you to tell me why I should like my Mac more than my PC.

It’s my birthday soon and my wife and kids gave me some presents tonight. Both were electronic.

1) Skycaddy – This is a GPS system for golf courses. You load a disc onto your computer to get set up. I loaded the disc on my Mac and it wouldn’t pull up. Hmm. . .I wondered, I guess I’m just not using it right. So I called my Mac buddy Paul and he calmly said, “Oh, it’s an .exe file. Mac won’t open them” Oh. . so I guess I’ll have to go to my PC, which I did and it worked perfectly. No problems at all. PC 1 / Mac 0

2) My daughters bought me a little digital camera. It’s a camera with pictures so it HAS to work on a mac right? B/c Macs ESPECIALLY rock when dealing with pictures or graphics. . . take the pictures. . . plug it in to the mac. . . guess what? It’s an .exe file. I walk into the PC and. . .works flawlessly. PC 2 / Mac 0

So, Remind me again why I got a mac. Other than it being “neat” and “in style”.

No bullcrap answers. . Real answers. Two brand new gifts that don’t work on a mac. . . Nice.

ADD – Full of Distraction or Full of Crap:

A very simple question. . .ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) What do you think about it? Is it a load of crap? An excuse for people who don’t want to put forth the effort in a conversation, task or relationship or is it a legitimate problem that medication or therapy can help with?

I can check out pretty easy. Move on to another conversation or idea very quickly. It’s why my earlier post, “Wherever you are, be all there” is something that I really try to work on because I really need to focus to stay engaged sometimes. But is that just something everybody deals with or do I have ADD? My opinion is the former. Just plug in. Figure it out.

OR. .. How about this? What if I quit working on it and just embraced my multi-thought mind and ran with it? It’s like my golf swing tonight. . .I’m constantly working on it. I way overthink it and make the game of golf far more difficult than it needs to be (as if it needed any help). Just hit the freakin’ ball! I’m starting to think I’m overthinking too many things. My professional life, spiritual life, personal life, being a husband, being a Dad. . .what the heck?! Bill! Just relax. I know. . .

Anyway, this blog. It’s funny to me. Sometimes I just open my mind and pour it out (is that it CT is that where it comes from?) and I think shoot that doesn’t sound right. I need to rewrite that but you know what? Like my links and pics, I’m not going to do that much anymore b/c this blog is really for me. It’s something for me to do. Just random thoughts and for some reason people read it, but just like a tree that falls in the forest when no one is around still falls and yes, still makes noise, I too would write whether anybody read it or not. You know what? That’s a total crock right there. Not the tree part but the blog part. I wouldn’t do it. I check my stats like everybody else does. I would journal my deeper thoughts but this little thing right here. . .probably not. . . I think.


A Tradition Like No Other. . .


Alright. . .so it’s a weak picture but I have to tell you. It’s tougher than I thought it would be to find the picture that sums up Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters Tournament. What I did find at Wikipedia was a member list. Wow. . .read through that list and see if you recognize any names. (Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Larry Bossidy) Crazy names.

Anyway. . .I don’t think I can explain to you how I feel everytime this tournament rolls around. I’m serious. Tight in the chest, short of breath, it’s not the actual tournament of course, but the course itself. The history, the memories it is indeed a “Tradition like no other. . . The Masters.”

I’ll never forget the first time I was even close to the club in Augusta. I’m driving down Washington (Blvd, Road, Drive) something, in Augusta on my way to promote a concert there. It was Spring of ’95. I’m driving along in my ’94 Chevy S-10 pickup when out of the corner of my eye I saw a very simple, unassuming sign that simply said, “Augusta National Golf Club“. Literally like jumping in freezing cold water take your breath away. . .and then it was over. . .like that. I mean, what am I going to do? Just take a drive down Magnolia Lane? Sure, no one would have stopped me.

I’ve never been. Certainly not to play, but not even to the tournament. It’s just never worked out. I will go though. I absolutely will go and one day, and this thought truly just hit me. . .I really think I’ll play a round there. I’ve had so many of my other dreams in life come true. . .why not this one?

If you’re not a golf fan, watch some of The Masters this week. Really, if you don’t watch baseball, at least watch the Yankees v. Redsox. If you don’t watch football, at least watch Denver v. Kansas City and if you don’t watch golf. . . at least watch Sunday in Augusta. It’s all you really need to see.

Shady Canyon. . .

I head to Marina Del Rey tomorrow for a work function. Whenever I’m out in Southern CA, I always try and get down to Irvine to spend some time with one of my favorite people and good friend Bill Mitchell. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cup of coffee or a round of golf I always learn something from him.

As you read this I’m probably in the air and on my way to see him today. Fortunately we will be spending time at the golf course. This is always a highlight b/c I get to play probably one of the finest golf courses in the country. Not just that I’ve played, but one of the nicest in the country.

Bill’s a member at Shady Canyon Golf Club. I’m telling you, this Fazio designed course is a thing of beauty. I simply don’t know how you could put together a better track than this. If you’re a golfer, check out the holes on the website. You can even listen to audio of Fazio’s thoughts on each hole.

I love playing a great golf course. Let me know if you’ve got one you’d recommend.

I was also custom fitted for a set of clubs and picked them up yesterday. I’ve never done that before. Went with the Mizuno MX-23 irons got a new shaft in my driver and a 2 & 3 hybrid. Looking forward to hitting them for the first time at Shady Canyon.

Here’s to a great round.

60 degrees can only mean one thing. . .


Alright. . .so it’s no Augusta but it is a golf course and I’ll be playing my first round of the year tomorrow.  Golf in February is never a bad thing. The forecast says 60 so I have to go to the course. I really don’t have a choice. . . do I?

To the left. . . again. . .


I don’t get it. . .really I don’t. Final round of The Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club. Phil Mickelson has played great all week. Comes to the final hole with a one stroke lead. Par to win. Loses his drive to the left (a push for the lefty), tries to muscle an 8-iron to the green. Comes up short. Chunks his approach, misses his putt and bogies the hole to go to  playoff against Charles Howell where he proceeds to lose to a par on the 3rd playoff hole.  Not a birdie. . .a par. Which means Phil had to bogey to lose. . .again. Phil was so bad in the playoff that on the first playoff hole Howell outdrove him by 70 yards! 70 yards!!! That’s how far I knock it by Pourout

What was on the line? Phil had the chance to come out of Riviera with his 2nd win in a row and the momentum of a champion one month before The Masters. What did he end up with? More bad memories. More bad mental pictures of a man who can’t seem to step up on the tee when it counts and hammer it down the middle, hit the freakin’ green and two putt for par to win the tournament.

Yes, I know he got it going for a while over the last 18 months and I was pulling for him. I like Phil, but crap . . .this isn’t hard. He is a professional. This is what he does for a living. Step up on the tee and make par. Not birdie. . .Par.  Kickers need to make it from 30 yards to win the game. Pitchers need to throw strikes in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and golfers need to hit the fairway when it counts.

 Way to go Charles. Phil had the momentum and you took it from him. You earned that victory. Enjoy it.

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My name is William D. Rhodes Hampton. People who know me call me Bill. My friends call me Hampton. Fun Fact #1 - The "D" doesn't stand for anything. I was born and raised in Michigan and now I call Nashville, TN home. I have a beautiful wife and two of the most gorgeous little girls you've ever laid eyes on. We live in Franklin, TN where we're active at The Journey Church. Blogging is new to me, but I'm very interested and excited to learn more about it. I'm officially entering the conversation.