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Grade 6 Up-A motivational title by a highly successful and much-publicized college football coach. In a breezy style, the author stresses his commitment to excellence, loyalty, clean living habits, and a belief in God. Holtz discusses having a positive attitude, being self-disciplined, setting and understanding goals, etc. He tells many stories regarding his life on and off the football field, but some of them fail to make his points. In one case, he describes how as a teen he urged a close friend to undertake a potentially dangerous swim; the anecdote is neither appropriate nor amusing. Halfway through the book, the narrative begins to ramble. Black-and-white photos of athletes, the author, and his family are often unfocused and grainy. The appendix is devoted to Holtz's accomplishments, which are a tribute to his determination.
Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD
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"How I wish I could start over again - this time with this book as my guide. Nobody explains the reasons for success and defeat better than Lou Holtz. I don't care how old you are. This book can change your life." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893732568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893732568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,283,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After nearly three decades on the sidelines, Lou Holtz retired from coaching and now shares his strategies for success with Fortune 500 companies, groups, and organizations. He lives in Florida.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2003
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I'm a Lou Holtz fan, a lot of people I've talked with say the book is just a recycled version of speeches he's given. Well I've never heard him speak in person, so the stories are new to me. Some of the stories relate to his childhood, marriage, goals and obviously coaching at Notre Dame and South Carolina.
It seems that this book is being marketed towards teenagers (I guess that's where they got the title) but I found it inspirational. I'll hang on to it and give it to my son in another 10 years or so when he's a teen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph P. Scharnweber on February 8, 2010
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Lou Holtz's optimistic perspective for promoting successful student athletes is presented in an inspiring and humorous quick read. Don't even break out the highlighter for this book; each chapter and every character building message carries powerful strategies to help student athletes capture the essence of the why's and how's to be a successful person in school, on the playing field, at the workplace, and within our communities! This is a must read for parents and educators interested in promoting strong character for today's adolescents and, in turn, strong leaders for future generations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Murphy on January 12, 2011
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This book is so well written for teens, especially boys going through their teen life with no direction. I am a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students, and I have used it particularly with the ones who are having self doubt and don't feel accepted. Coach Holtz lays it on the line--that it doesn't matter what kind of life or hurdles are thrown at you, you CAN overcome any obstacle to become a better person. It is an easy read, and it covers 5 basic principles with references to some interesting role models, who also had trouble with life decisions. I recommend this for parents or teachers of middle school/high school students, coaches and youth directors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iris Y. Soto on December 8, 2013
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I was looking for a book that could help my son get excited about his future and help him see his potential, and make up his mind for any possible career. This book is easy to read, fun, with real life stories that speak directly to the heart of a young person, mainly for teenagers who love footfall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on September 28, 2010
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I bought this book for my nephew for his confirmation. Lou Holtz is an inspiring speaker/writer. My nephew found it to be an interesting and uplifting quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Bryant on June 18, 2008
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This is a great book for any teen. Easy read, highly inspiring, great goals!
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Lou Holtz’s humble and down-to-earth approach to life was combined with his many years of experience raising, recruiting, and coaching teens to produce an easy to read and understand life plan for teens. Although I believe this book is best suited for teen boys, I would recommend it for all teens, especially those interested or participating in sports.

The book opened with a short, two-page letter to all teens. This letter set the tone for the rest of the book: the importance of teens being able to make good decisions, Holtz sharing his learned rules for success, and his sincere prayer that they be all that God intends for them. From there, Holtz went into his ‘playbook,’ which consisted of five plays that he wants teens to learn and understand: 1) Choose your attitude, 2) Make sacrifices, 3) Get rid of excuses, 4) Understand what you’re trying to do, and 5) Dream big dreams. Included within each play were many ‘real-life’ stories that helped to define and describe the play. After these plays, Holtz included a “special page” in the playbook about self-confidence, which was actually longer than any of the five preceding plays. Throughout, Holtz kept his points simple, and his stories entertaining and informative.

I have been a big Lou Holtz fan for a long time, and he is definitely on my short list of people I would like to meet. To me, he is the epitome of the type of man I would want to coach my son, and teach him about life and how to be a better man. Now that I have read this book, I plan to have my teen son read it so we can talk about its many valuable life lessons.
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By Chandy21 on May 13, 2013
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This book is an awesome book i think every parent should attempt to have their teens indulge in the wonderful life lesson stories.It arrived just in time for my teens book report thanks to amazon speedy delivery as promised.
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