Jon Carson Consulting June 2019

June 2019

The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get

I’m no different than you when it comes to blaming my parents for some of the things I do or don’t do. The irony is that my kids, Carson and Clare, now say the same things about Claudia and me that I’ve been known to say about my folks and their parenting. Here’s the good news: I’m not there yet, but I’m very close to focusing on only the good things my mom and dad taught me over the years to make me the man I am today.

“Come on, Dad,” I would say. “They’re big time, and somewhere, they landed a big break.” My dad would remind me, “The harder you work, the luckier you will get.” The saying proved true. I always managed to get a job or an interview by working hard, which leads to the luck part. On Father’s Day, I think it can be easy to point out the things our dads didn’t do for us while we were growing up. Instead, we should focus on all the good things our dads did teach us. I had a chance to work with Tony Robbins three years ago. He said, “If you are going to blame your parents for all the bad things in your life, you had better blame them for all the good things in your life too.” Wow, what a lesson from Tony! At that moment, I picked up the phone, called my dad, and told him I loved him. I challenge you men to do the same thing. Ladies are welcome to join; however, it’s us guys who usually struggle with telling our dads the “I love you” part. When I left ABC in Boise as a sports anchor, I was blessed to work for Fox Sports during the Masters Tournament. One of the producers on the show was helping me do research on the golfers. I was comparing Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval to Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. New versus old. The producer shouts to me, “Dave, here’s a quote from Gary Player after he won the Masters in 1974: ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’” My lede that night simply read, “In the words of my dad, David, and golfer Gary Player, ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get.’ Those words could never be more true than they were today on the greens at Augusta.” Happy Father’s Day, Dad. We’re still working hard and feeling incredibly blessed! -Dave Tester

“The harder I work, the luckier I get. ” My dad didn’t coin that phrase, but as far as I was concerned as a kid, he did. Growing

up on a small farm in northern Idaho, my dad always encouraged me to follow my passion. His passion was veterinary medicine. Mine was sports broadcasting. We listened to the radio while we worked with cows and horses in the barn. When listening to Seattle Mariners and Idaho Vandals games on the radio, I always wondered if, someday, I could do that. My dad would always tell me, “You can. Get in the right place at the right time, and you can make it happen.”


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