14 Sep S01:E07: John Ashworth: From Caddie to Golf Apparel Icon
With a major in Agronomy (the study of turf grass) and a brief stint as a pro-tour golf caddie, John Ashworth found himself low on cash and hungry for an opportunity to make the hobby he loves most, golf, his career. Soon, John landed in the sporting goods apparel business, surrounded by unflattering polyester clothing. Seeing a gap in the market, John reimagined golf apparel, launching Ashworth Golf.
John’s journey didn’t end there, however. As they say, struggle breeds progress. After taking on an unsuccessful venture designing a golf course in Scotland, John learned some important lessons on choosing well-matched business partners.
He returned to the sporting apparel market with a sharper focus to create what he calls, “the evolution of everything that I’ve learned.” And so, Linksoul was born: part clothing brand, part life philosophy; located in the heart of Oceanside, CA. We catch up with John at one of his favorite burger joints, Local Tap House & Kitchen where we feast on two menu staples: the Blue Collar CAB Burger and House Made Quinoa Burger. Join us for career advice that’s all aces as we discuss the importance of having a defined product focus and well-matched business partners.
Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1OHCtLq5BAA
Learn more about our guest:
- John Ashworth
On the menu:
- Local Tap House
- Blue Collar CAB Burger
- House Made Quinoa Burger
Tasty quote to chew on:
“If you never go, you never know. You’re not going to have all of the answers. There’s always going to be roadblocks.”
- Disagreements with business partners are okay, but both parties must fully support the decision that is ultimately made.
- Vet potential partners to make sure your contracts are in place before starting a partnership.
- Just go for it! No more excuses, get started on your business today.