Tony Romo and the Importance of a Growth Mindset

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  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • GLT Content Writer & Developer
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Tony Romo made his PGA Tour debut over the weekend at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. Shooting +10, 82 and +5, 77, Romo failed to make the cut, finishing last in the 132-man field with +15, 159.

Romo gained entry to the event with a sponsor’s exemption, much to the chagrin of many pundits that felt the space could have been better used on a more accomplished amateur.

After ending a 14-year career quarterbacking the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Romo retired in 2016 following a pre-season back injury.

Romo doesn’t seem to be too rattled by the poor showing. "I kind of have an idea of where I really need to put my time in, as far as to get better and scoring,'' Romo told ESPN. "I'm hitting the ball fine. You just have to score.”

Going into the weekend, the odds of Romo making the cut were low; however, the odds of an undrafted quarterback from Eastern Illinois University becoming a NFL starter were also pretty low, but that didn’t stop Romo from earning a spot in four Pro Bowls.


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Tony Romo, Former NFL quarterback, finished last at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship PGA Tour event.

Romo’s emphasis on improvement, not on his high score, shows his belief in a growth mindset. Carol Dweck defines a growth mindset simply, stating “individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies and input form others) have a growth mindset and tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts.)”

GLT’s Iain Highfield believes Romo’s growth mindset is perhaps his best asset as he attempts to work his way into being a more competitive golfer. “Tony Romo’s ability to recognize the areas of his game that need the most work is very indicative of a growth mindset,” says Highfield. “If he identifies the areas that should be getting more work, finds proper routines to correct issues in those areas, and continues to study and learn from his mistakes, an athlete of his caliber should become a stronger golfer, though I’m doubtful of Tony Romo ever seriously competing on the PGA Tour, in the same sense that Michael Jordan never made it in Major League Baseball.”

Following retirement from the NFL playing field, Romo quickly found success providing color commentary for CBS Sports’ NFL coverage. With the level of skill and knowledge Romo displays as an analyst, the more likely outcome of his quest as a golfer will be a further lowering of his 0.3 handicap. But, with Romo’s athleticism and growth mindset, only time will tell how far his game will grow. Who knows, maybe Tony Romo will be trying to squeeze a Green Jacket over the gold one he may be given in Canton soon.

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