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May 6, 2010

For date night last night, Nancy humored me and took me to the driving range.

I don’t golf very much these days since having a daughter and starting my own thing. But it was a lot of fun.

The trip got me thinking about my favorite golfer: Ben Hogan.

For those of you who don’t know his story, it’s worth reading.  Really amazing stuff. The guy wasn’t that talented, faced failure for many years, almost quit, started winning, almost got killed in a car accident, then bounced back to have the best couple years of almost any pro golfer ever.  

But my favorite story about him is his incredible ability to focus.  He once played with a guy who shot a 2 on a par 4 (a pretty difficult feat).  Despite the cheers of the crowd and the remarkable nature of the accomplishment, Hogan didn’t see it.  After the round, he had to be convinced that it had happened, that was the extent of his focus. 

Focus is a hard thing these days.  The signal to noise ratio is as bad as ever.  And it’s easy to lose yourself in the cycles of pop-culture tech content flying around the internet (I create some of it, so I can say that :) )

That’s why I’m impressed by folks who really take their time to focus on a topic and write really insightful and instructive stuff.  I also love entrepreneurs who don’t necessarily play to the hype cycle and just build awesome companies

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    Hard to imagine a better night at Fenway. Thanks to the team @fcollective on a great time http://t.co/lyXIADJDbt
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