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Master Your Emotions

John Maxwell relates the story of Bobby Jones, a legendary golfer who won a major tournament at twenty-one. By age twenty-eight, he had already won the grand slam and retired.

Jones had an uncle who said that by the time he was fourteen, Bobby was probably already the best golfer in the world. He certainly was popular. However, Jones was also known for his temper because he would throw his clubs when he got irritated. Jones's uncle sat down with him and said, "Bobby, your problem is you've mastered the game of golf, but you haven't mastered your emotions; and until you master your emotions, you'll never be a champion in golf."

Maxwell observes: "We have choices when it comes to our emotions: we can master them, or they can master us."

SOURCE: from Leadership Wired newsletter. Cited in PreachingNow Newsletter, August 6, 2002.

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