“The more you apply your inherent skill set to a job, and the more that job requires your inherent skill set, the greater the formula is for success. And, more importantly, the happier you’ll be.”

Bill Looney is a real Renaissance man – institutional sales trader, client services executive, jazz drummer, amateur pilot and professional golfer. He also knows the stuff of which champions are made.

He tells the story of Dustin Johnson, winner of the 2016 U.S. Open golf tournament, who found himself at the center of a controversy when his ball “may or may not have” moved just as he was addressing a putt – a possible one-stroke penalty. Rather than let it go to his head, Johnson stayed in the moment, focused on the next shot, and ended up winning the tournament by three strokes.

Looney says the champions’ mindset involves staying optimistic, focusing on the present, understanding one’s talents, and possessing confidence and perseverance. Is that a formula for success, or a Jedi training manual? Either way, if you follow these simple rules, the force will be with you.