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Excerpt from Wikipedia: Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975), the University of Arkansas (1977–1983), the University of Minnesota (1984–1985), the University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999–2004), compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz’s 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings.
Lou Holtz Inspiring Quotes and Sayings
#1-7 Lou Holtz on the Secret to Leadership
1. You have to have a vision where you want to go. Without a vision you have nothing. You have to have a plan of how you’re going to get there. And you have to lead by example.
2. What holds a country together, what holds a family together, what holds a business together are core values. And core values are something you would not compromise.
3. We had three core values, and I had three rules. Do the right thing, because if everybody would do the right thing, you’d generate trust among the team. Two, we’re going to do everything to the very best of our ability with the time allotted. Not because somebody’s looking. It’s just the way we lived. And doing the best we can means you do little things. I see more people overlook little things, and little things make the difference. And the third thing, we’re going to care about one another.
4. There’s a rule of life that says you’re either growing or you’re dying. Doesn’t have a thing to do with age.
5. Any time you’re not trying to get somewhere, you’re not trying to improve, you never have a reason to celebrate, you never come up with any new ideas.
6. You need four things in your life or you have a tremendous void. Everybody needs something to do. Everybody needs someone to love. Everybody needs someone to believe in. But everybody needs something to hope for.
7. Your job is to make people the very best they can be. And that is when you get them out of their comfort zone. ‘Because most people don’t know how good they can be.
8. Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.
#9-14 Lou Holtz on Marriage, His Catholic Faith and Notre Dame
9. We’ve always done things as a team, not just me going my own way. That’s essential if you want your marriage to work, and ours has for many years.
10. I just try to change the things I can, accept the things I can’t, and pray I have the wisdom to know the difference between the two.
11. I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. You’ve got to make a sincere attempt to have the right goals to begin with, then go after them with appropriate effort, and remember that you can’t really achieve anything great without the help of others.
12. Another way of seeing it is that anything great you do achieve will be for others, in the sense that helping other people realize their potential is what achieving is all about. It’s not a one-man show; it’s about contributing to the good of the team. That’s how you have to see it.
13. Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it. I like to say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.
14. I think life is a matter of choices and that wherever we are, good or bad, is because of choices we make.
15. You do the very best you can and move on. It’s not about you, but about the obligation you have to other people.
16. Handling adversity is every bit as important as handling success.
17. If there is one value, it should be that all we can ask of anyone is that they do the best job that they possibly can and learn that when you join a team, a business, bring a child into the world or join a spouse, you have obligations and responsibilities and you must fulfill them.
18. Whatever happens in your life, good or bad, it’s because of choices you make. Remember that there is never a right time to do the wrong thing and never a wrong time to do the right thing.
19. If there is a word of wisdom I might want to share with a parent of a youngster, it would be to let the child grow and don’t try to protect them from adversity. Adversity is part of life.
20. On a team and in life, everyone has a role to play. Each team member must understand the importance of their role to the overall success of achieving your goal, no matter how big or small the role.
21. You need to be accountable for the choices you make and don’t blame others for your decisions. So, really, the secret to success is to make good choices and take responsibility for those choices. Only you can change your environment.
22. The teachers and coaches you probably remember the most are the ones that were hardest on you, but that’s because they cared.
#23 Collected Wisdom: Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz sets high standards, Updated: April 1, 2017
23. I say I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, because I was born in this country and I was taught if I was willing to make good choices and work hard and not blame other people, I could lead a happy life.
Lou Holtz: Undergraduate Commencement Address 2015
Lou Holtz gave this Commencement Address at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. He received an honorary doctorate in Communications.
Unsourced Lou Holtz Quotes
1. Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
2. Don’t tell your problems to people! Eighty percent don’t care and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
3. If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.
4. It’s not my job to motivate players. They bring extraordinary motivation to our program. It’s my job not to de-motivate them.
5. Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by.
6. Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.