At Ultimate Software, we’re proud to partner with incredible female athletes who are working relentlessly to change the world and chase their dreams. In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, award-winning professional golfer Brooke Henderson shares her experience with us about everything from finding motivation to ignoring the naysayers. Here’s her story.
Has anyone ever told you your dreams or goals were unreachable?
Along every journey, there are always going to be naysayers—people who doubt your vision or ability. Honesty from others is always appreciated, but despite what they might say, or what they might think, you need to believe in yourself and dream big. Throughout my career I’ve tried to use others’ negativity as motivation to prove them wrong.
How did you keep yourself motivated when the journey seemed daunting, or insurmountable?
I have learned that life is a process. Patience is a virtue and it’s really important when things seem to be against you. Every day, I am trying to be a better person and a better golfer. I set small goals along the way to help me stay motivated and moving in the right direction towards my big goals.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
To focus on the three F’s:
- Family: Always have a close-knit family and strong supporters behind you. Choose unconditional love.
- Friends: Always enjoy and have fun along the journey with the people you’re with.
- Faith: Always be grateful for what you have and believe in your future.
Who’s had the biggest impact on your career, and why?
My parents and my sister have had the biggest influence on my career. My Mom is my biggest cheerleader. My Dad my favorite coach. And my sister a huge role model. My parents made so many sacrifices so that I could live my dream out on the LPGA Tour. I couldn’t ask for better people to share the journey with. I will be forever grateful for their support.
What women inspire you, and why?
Two women that inspire me are Morgan Pressel and Simone Biles. Morgan Pressel has had a successful professional golf career while making huge charitable contributions through her Foundation. Her passion and drive to raise money to fight Breast Cancer is amazing. And Simone Biles is just such an incredible athlete. It is so inspiring to watch her break records and crush barriers while staying humble and kind.
What advice would you give to women or girls who want to follow in your footsteps?
My advice to women or girls wishing to follow in my footsteps would be to have strong values. Persevere with a no-quit attitude when things get tough. Have integrity and always be true to yourself. Work hard while having fun along the way.
When do you feel the strongest?
I feel my strongest hoisting a trophy on Sunday afternoon, knowing I gave it my all.