Thursday, July 2, 2015

Winning Every Day by Lou Holtz

Winning Every DayWinning Every Day by Lou Holtz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book read a little bit like a script for a motivational speaking engagement. Quirky crowd pleasing football stories scattered among broad statements about positive thinking and work ethic. Good think I like motivational speaches.

Holtz's content felt a little worn out in this day and age. Yeah, yeah, my attitude determines my altitude in life. Hard work, goal setting and accountability are important. I know already.

What I like about this book was less about the content and more about the voice it carried. Holtz's non-entitled, the buck stops here attitude is refreshing, and a little eye-opening. He take complete responsibility for his actions, and expects others to do the same. How different this world would be if we hadn't lost those values as a society. So the content was unimpressive, and the delivery mediocre, but the voice and the man behind the message: he makes this a pretty solid recommendation to my kids, and to the future generations. We need to remember what our grandparents went through and stop whining about social injustice and government spending/programs. First we should work hard and embrace every opportunity to feed and clothe ourselves and our families, and put a roof over our heads. Then, if there is any time left, we can think about the social ills of society.

I will say that I don't know if Lou would agree with that statement, but through the lens of my generation, that is what I got from his book, and I found it very valuable.