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Brandon Sarna on the Transformative Power of Golf in Building Character and Resilience

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Golf, a sport loved and played by many, holds a more profound significance beyond the pristine greens and precise swings. For Brandon Sarna, a project manager at a leading global commercial real estate services company, golf has become more than just a hobby—it has become a transformative force in his life. With offices in 80 countries worldwide and a strong presence across the northeasternmost United States, Sarna’s professional role demands discipline, perseverance, and strong character. Through his passion for playing golf, Sarna has discovered a unique avenue for building and revealing these essential character traits.

Golf is a powerful tool for personal growth and character development, instilling in individuals the importance of improving and developing specific skills in all areas of life. Whether an amateur or a seasoned golfer, the sport can shape and refine character traits that are essential not only on the golf course but also in professional and personal endeavors.

The Virtues of Perseverance and Patience

Golf is renowned as a game that requires patience and perseverance. The challenges and frustrations on the golf course teach players the value of persistence. Golfers experience setbacks, face difficult shots, and encounter unpredictable conditions. Yet, they learn to persevere, adapting their strategies and techniques to overcome obstacles. This continuous improvement and determination mindset translates beyond the golf course, empowering individuals to persist in their professional and personal endeavors, even when faced with adversity.

Honesty and Integrity on the Golf Course

One of the core aspects of golf is its adherence to ethical principles ingrained in its rules and etiquette. Golfers are responsible for automating their play, keeping scores honest, and reporting rule infractions. The game instills a sense of honesty and integrity, teaching players the importance of integrity even when no one is watching. This commitment to honesty and integrity on the golf course extends into everyday life, shaping individuals who value truthfulness and ethical conduct in their professional and personal interactions.

Sportsmanship and Respect in Golf

Sportsmanship and respect are deeply ingrained in the culture of golf. Players are expected to display respect towards their opponents, teammates, and the golf course itself. This includes maintaining decorum, etiquette, and grace in victory and defeat. Golf fosters a sense of fairness, encouraging individuals to treat others with respect and consideration, both on and off the course. The lessons learned from golf’s sportsmanship and respect can positively influence relationships, teamwork, and interactions within various spheres of life.

Self-Discipline and Focus in Golf

Golf requires a high degree of self-discipline and focus. Players must maintain composure, control their emotions, and execute precise shots under pressure. The mental and physical discipline cultivated on the golf course carries over into other aspects of life, enabling individuals to stay focused on their goals, manage distractions, and make disciplined choices. Golf teaches the importance of deliberate practice, consistency, and perseverance, building a solid self-discipline foundation that contributes to professional and personal success.

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in Golf

Golf is a strategic game that necessitates problem-solving and decision-making skills. Each shot requires careful consideration of various factors, such as distance, wind, terrain, and potential hazards. Golfers must assess the situation, weigh their options, and make calculated decisions. The ability to analyze and problem-solve on the golf course translates into real-life situations, empowering individuals to think critically, evaluate alternatives, and make informed choices. Golf teaches the value of strategic planning and adaptability, key attributes that contribute to effective decision-making.


Playing golf is more than just a leisure activity; it is a powerful tool for character development. As exemplified by Brandon Sarna, golf builds and reveals essential character traits such as perseverance, patience, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, self-discipline, focus, problem-solving, and decision-making. Individuals can cultivate these virtues by engaging in the game, ultimately enhancing their personal and professional lives. 

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