Keep Pressing Play


David Blackford



I am not a famous person, nor do I have a million dollars in the bank, at least not yet. However, I can tell you that consistency is a cornerstone or pillar for results. To illustrate just how important it is for you to be consistent, I’d like to share a story that just happened to me this past weekend.

I’ve served as a volunteer for the Northern Trust Open since 2010. The Northern Trust changed its name four years ago to the Genesis Open. Then this year it was updated to its current name, The Genesis Invitational.

Anyway, I’ve volunteered for this golf tournament for the past ten years. Serving as a walking standard bearer, it’s my job to walk the course with the golf players and keep track of their scores. The scoreboard shows the fans the scores of the players with whom I am fortunate enough to walk. My job is to show the scores of the players to the fans waiting along the sides and at the greens. I have done this job without asking for any special favors. This past weekend I received an opportunity to walk with some of the biggest names in the game. Whether you’re a golfer or not, I am sure you’ll recognize the name Tiger Woods. Not only did I get to walk with Tiger, but I also walked alongside Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Speith, and Adam Hadwin.

Between them, they have a collective total of 29 Major Titles and 117 PGA Tour Victories.

How did I come about getting this opportunity?

Consistent and continual support for this golf tournament. Up until this past weekend, I have had some good groups, but I never would’ve imagined that I’d receive such an honor. I now have six new golf balls from these players that will certainly look good in a shadow box, and the stories I’ll get to tell my family and friends will certainly be worth it.

I have another quick story that you might relate to. About seven years ago, I participated in an exercise program called the P90X. It was a ninety day program that came with the workouts and the diet suggestions. It was not easy and it certainly required me to be consistent, because the program’s workout schedule required participants to work out six straight days each week for the entire course.

I lost 24 pounds in those ninety days and that feeling of accomplishment was simply amazing.  I attribute the reason I finished the program to one simple quote the trainer repeated when he knew it would be hard and you wanted to stop. He said, “No matter what, keep hitting play.” I hope you do the same.

Have questions?  You can reach me at askdave@blacklockdesigns.com

David Blackford

David Blackford, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer has lived and worked around the world. He has a background in marketing and sales, international relations, and project management involving database design and development. His father, knowing his capabilities, enlisted his help to take care of the technical issues. Together they formed A-Leg-Up LLC.


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