On June 27th, the film Seve was released on UK theaters. It’s a film based on the life of Severiano Ballesteros, the great spanish player winner of 3 Majors. Seve was a unique player, whose contribution to the European Tour is considered key to taking european golf to the maximum level, being part of many remarkable moments that will remain in golf history. He was not so recognized in his country of origin, Spain, as he was in the UK, but even so, he was the reason for many players to begin practicing golf.
His humble origins and his charm remember of other entrepreneurs who faced similar challenges and began working in their own garages, like Steve Jobs or Amancio Ortega. That’s why we decided to interview José Luis Gutiérrez, who plays the leading role in the movie, so he can share his thoughts with us about the character he plays, from a business point of view.
1. After studying Seve’s character, what do you think that made Seve stand out as a world class player?
His passion for golf, his strength and his sacrifice to get over any obstacle in his way, to never surrender. And, logically, his natural talent to play golf.
2 Do you think that Seve, who began playing golf in the beach with just an iron 3, can be compared to those entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, many of which started their business in a their garages?
I think there are some similarities. Seve was an entrepreneur full of courage, a very humble self-made man.
3. Those who know Seve well say that he had a strong personality. Do you think that this was good for his career or more likely an impediment to reach higher goals?
I believe that his strong personality helped him achieve his goals in such a competitive environment as golf, but, everything said, this kind of character can become a problem at some point.
4. Seve was a self-made man that began to forge his own legend since he was a kid. Do you think that nowadays young players are prepared properly in order to achieve their goals? or that another approach should be considered, taking Seve’s career as an example?
I guess that both approaches are not incompatible, and that a good academic training should be complemented with the acquisition of those basic values (sacrifice, creativity, desire to improve…) that made Seve a better golfer.
5. Seve was passionate about golf. Do you believe that passion is essential to become a successful professional, or are other factors more important, like training and experience?
It’s impossible to become a successful professional without passion for your profession, as it’s what makes the difference between a good professional and a top one.
6. It happens many times, your work is appreciated first abroad rather than in your own country, just like what happened to Seve.
Well, you have to take in consideration that golf is a much popular sport in England and other countries, where the greatest players are worshiped, but it’s also true that there is this said in Spain: “No man is a prophet in his own land”