Book of the Month September 2008: Wins, Losses, and Lessons

louThe book for this month may surprise some of you this month.  The book I chose is Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography by Lou Holtz.  Now I know what you must be thinking what is a tried and true buckeye fan writing about one the best college coaches in Notre Dame history.  It is simple for two reasons, I absolutely love his pep talks he gives on College game day, and secondly, some of you know this Lou Holtz coached under Woody Hayes at Ohio state.  :-)  So now that is settled, why did I choose and enjoy this book.

For two reasons, I really got a kick out of his ESPN College Game Day Pep Talks, and after reading this book I found that is was all that hoped for.  It was inspiring, funny and straight to the point, in a way only Lou Holtz could tell the story.  For example I love this quote on the back cover:

For reasons known only to God, I was asked to write an autobiography. Most people who knew me growing up didn't think I would ever read a book, let alone write one.

—Lou Holtz

I enjoyed learning about his life and his lessons because, in my opinion, his life could have mirrored any of ours.  Even though he still known as "Coach" by all who cross his path reveals what motivated a rail-thin 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. To think he almost gave up coaching very on in his career, why to make sure he could support his family.  How many of you continued with a dream or sacrificed to be a good provider for your family. 

What I liked learning about his life is no matter what happened in his life he always learned something from it and moved on.  Wether it was good, bad or indifferent there was always a lesson to be learned.  So what was one of the key lessons I learned from the book, and to me is the core premise of the book.  This is advice that we can all us and he relearned constantly, especially after leaving N.C. State and going to the J E T S, Jets, Jets,Jets:

Nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad as it seems but somewhere in between there reality falls.

So if you want to learn more about the Coach’s life or get some good no-nonsense fun inspiration, check out this book.  If you read it let me know what you think and please comment.

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