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Golf legend Gary Player's key tips to life success

Brian Sozzi
Editor-at-Large

In search of some inspiration this week? Then allow this global phenom to put it on a tee for you to hit it out of the park.

Golf legend Gary Player, 83, is known as one of the sport’s biggest global ambassadors and among the best ever to tee it up. Known as the Black Knight (he has long bred horses), the nine-time major championship winner is credited with bringing an attention to fitness and diet to a sport where a round gut was long the norm. In fact, Player is also dubbed Mr. Fitness — something that is often on display on his Instagram account.

Among golf’s “Big Three” — the other two being legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer — Player has amassed an unworldly 163 professional wins from around the world. For a bit of perspective, Tiger Woods has tallied 81 PGA Tour wins.

Player is also well-known for his sunny disposition, charitable givings through The Player Foundation, and designing more than 400 golf courses. He has played rounds with foreign heads of state to many U.S. presidents, including Donald Trump.

In short, the South African-born Player has pretty much seen and done it all in his lifetime. And with that comes a boatload of experience in business and worthwhile perspective on life.

Gary Player hits a ceremonial tee shot on the first hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Use your common sense

“I just go into meetings and bring in common sense, things that I have learned through experience,” Player told Yahoo Finance, when asked for a couple tips for fellow businesspeople. Judging by his business resumé, that approach has worked wonders for Player.

But outside of business, there is a reason why people in and out of the sport of golf (Player is close with tennis great Roger Federer, for example) continue to flock to him. He isn’t a jerk — despite his many life achievements on such a grand scale, Player is gracious to those around him.

“I have learned a lot from the very poor people who are so humble and have had a sense of gratitude,” Player said. Hang around him for 10 minutes like we did at Yahoo Finance, and that humbleness is on full display.

So, your life advice for the week ahead: use common sense in the boardroom and don’t act like the world revolves around you...it doesn’t.

Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and co-anchor of The First Trade at Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter @BrianSozzi

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