Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lou Holtz On Life

I recently finished Lou Holtz autobiography, Wins, Losses and Lessons. Throughout the book Holtz (who is deeply religious) shares his thoughts and reflections on life.
Here were a few I underlined:
  • Material goods are never a substitute for a family's love.
  • The most important important decisions a man makes in his life are what kind of relationship he has with God, whom he marrieds, where he lives, what he does for a career, and what kind of example he sets for others.
  • Successful people adapt to change, even thrive on it, while those who dread and resist change, have trouble.
  • What I thought was a terrible setback turned out to be one of the greatest things that ever happened to me.
  • Jimmy Durante said, "If they're laughing, they ain't gonna shoot you."
  • I learned at an early age that it's not what you have but who you have that counts.
  • At the end of the day, commitment and determination triumph every time.
  • Great acheivments require great sacrifice.
  • It's always better to face the truth, no matter how uncomfortable, then to continue coddling a lie.
  • If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the future.Coach Burns liked me and appreciated all the things I did for the program. I knew this because he told me so as he was firing me.

Hope you enjoyed some proverbs from Lou.

More soon.


Blogger Jerri said...

I love that--"If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the future!" He must have been laughing a lot during my 20's and 30's! :)

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

makes me want to read the book!!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Roar from 34 said...

It's a beautiful thing when sports figures provide us with needed perspective, especially considering their highly visible public role. We hear so much of the negative about these guys, but there is some good to be found.

I particularly like this quote from Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera last night (Sept. 28) after he lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium:

"It's not disappointing," said Cabrera, sporting a wide smile as a throng of media gathered around his locker. "It's part of the game. I never thought I'd be that close to a no-hitter. When he got the base hit, I said to God, 'Thank you God for bringing me that close.'"

10:14 AM  

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