Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Joe Parent, Owner of Zen Golf, located in Ojai, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My business is Performance Psychology for golf, business, and life. My customers are people who want to get out of their own way and get the most out of their abilities. My clients include golfers of all levels, corporations seeking powerful keynote speaking, and executives seeking performance coaching. And, of course, all the readers of my books on how a zen state of mind benefits golf, tennis, dieting, and family values (the latter published by Disney Editions, featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends.)

Tell us about yourself

I started my coaching when a golf pro asked me what his mind was doing on the golf course. My background was having a Ph.D. in Psychology, being a senior instructor in mindfulness meditation, and a lover of the game of golf, and all sports for that matter. Teaching and coaching are my passion, and I am motivated each day to help people have happier, more productive, and more fulfilled lives.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Writing ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, now in its 27th printing, it is one of the best-selling golf books of all time. In coaching, I helped both a man (Vijay Singh) and a woman (Cristie Kerr) get to Number 1 in the World Golf Rankings. (and she does spell her name without an h)

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest thing is taking care of all the details, and I depend a lot on the assistance and feedback of my business manager.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Start with what you love to do and what will benefit others. Get someone you can trust to help you and be open to the opportunities the world offers when you put yourself out there.

Where can people find you and your business?


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