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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1st edition (July 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887309046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887309045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A master motivator who guided Notre Dame to the 1988 national college football championship, Lou Holtz knows how to win big on and off the gridiron. For business leaders, for recent college graduates struggling on their first job, or for just about anyone who wants to get ahead, Holtz devises a game plan for success: dream, believe, and achieve. "Write down everything you hope to achieve in life," Holtz writes. "Then make sure you do something every day to realize one of your dreams. You are going to encounter adversity but you will also ... take big, satisfying bites out of life."

Holtz believes that people are capable of achieving just about anything if they learn to tap into the unrelenting powers inside themselves. He illustrates his points by drawing from moments in his rags-to-riches career as one of America's best college football coaches. Holtz's formula is simple: He calls it "WIN" or "What's Important Now." Holtz writes that if he can do it, anyone can. Despite being raised poor in a beat Ohio river town, later devastated by his parents' divorce, Holtz ended up with the best college football job in the country. Clearly, Holtz can get into the end zone. Follow his advice, and maybe you will, too. --Dan Ring

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After turning around the fortunes of college football programs at several universities, Holtz landed the top job in his profession in 1986 when he was named head coach at Notre Dame. His 1988 Notre Dame team won the college national championship (a story chronicled in his book, The Fighting Spirit), and Holtz posted winning seasons until he retired at the end of the 1996 campaign. During his coaching career, Holtz was known as an exceptional motivator, and he translated that skill from coaching to professional speaking after his retirement. In this book, Holtz outlines the principles that he believes helped him achieve success, such as a positive attitude, dealing with adversity, adapting to new situations and making a commitment to excellence. Holtz illustrates his points with numerous anecdotes drawn from his coaching days and also includes a fair number of jokes. In the end, however, what Holtz has produced is a work no better or worse than most other motivational business books. Improvement-minded Notre Dame fans are the ones most likely to be motivated to buy the ex-coach's efforts.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

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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A summer reading project.
Mets fan
Dr. Holtz is a very successful college football coach, but you don't have to be a football fan to appreciate this quick read.
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Applicable Ideas: 5 The stories relate to many of use and that what make it enjoyable reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a long time Notre Dame fan and Lou Holtz supporter, I jumped at the chance to read his book. It had a message to send and I think that it did that very well. It didn't do it in just any way however. He used examples from previous experiences both on and off the field to send his message in a much more understandable and entertaining way. This book lived up to all of the expectations that I had for it and even surprised me with its humor. Holtz brings his past experinces back to life in a hilarious way throughout the book. He also includes comments on issues that I totally agree with. For anyone looking for motivation, sucess, or just a good laugh, this book is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a guy who doesn't read as much as I should but I couldn't put this book down. His stories are very motivating and delightful. I have begun to use the Coaches ideas in my professional and personal life. I have established a WIN attitude and I can't stop writing goals for myself. Thank You Coach for your words and enlightening approach to life. I am a big fan of Notre Dame and you but I guess I'll have to stock up on my Gamecocks gear now ! Good Luck and God Bless Lou Holtz and his family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "qq23" on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. It belongs right next to Harvey Mackay's and Ken Blanchard's works. Great inspiration. However I gave it only 4 stars for ... you guessed it ... gramar. When you write a good book, make sure you read it before it goes to print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horse on February 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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Lou Holtz has written a motivational book based on his coaching experiences. He has taken the lessons he has learned coaching athletes and applied them to everyday living. Coach Holtz will show you how to apply his ten rules for living to your life. He will show you how to become a winner and lead a successful life. I found Winning Every Day to be an interesting book. I believe I can apply his rules to my own life to be a better person. The examples he uses to make a point are interesting. Some examples are funny, some are sad. This is a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Heneghan on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lou Holtz boils his life's wisdom down to ten teachable steps:

1. Power of Attitude
2. Tackle Adversity
3. Have a Sense of Purpose
4. Make Sacrifice Your Ally
5. Adapt or Die
6. Chase Your Dreams
7. Nurture Your Self-Image
8. Foster Trust with Others
9. Commit to Excellence
10. Handle Others with Care

Each of these steps become a chapter of his book, which he illustrates by lessons from life and the gridiron. Holtz's language is conversational, even parental. This tone, however, also underlies a steely determination and intensity. I try to read this book at least once per year, and it is for me the single most beneficial self-help book I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brennm@mail.state.wi.us on August 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In an entertaining, readable, yet challenging style, the ex-Notre Dame football head coach teaches, cajoles, and persuades you into leading a better life.
Notre Dame fans will especially appreciate his consistent use of examples from players and coaches throughout his 1986-1997 tenure at the school. He also sprinkles examples not from his life, as well as from earlier coaching stints. His treatment of Woody Hayes is especially interesting, and endearing.
And in typical Lou fashion, he mangles a few names, and misspells others! Craig Hentrich becomes Hendricks; Charles Woodson's first name is wrong. These few mistakes make the book endearing, and prove it authentic!
If you undertake a cost-benefit analysis on time spent vs. reward returned, your time spent with this book is well worth it. The few hours spent absorbing Lou's stories and wisdom will bear fruit manyfold over a lifetime. Motivating, yes. But more importantly, Lou gives normative advice on how to become a better person. His honesty as to his own failings gives his advice even more credibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I wish I could have read it without ever having had to put it down; it is captivating. This man is much deeper and introspective than I thought when I saw his grim face on the sidelines. He is actually quite a comedian too! As a Michigan alum, he was a tremendous adversary. Nevertheless, who couldn't have respect for what he has accomplished? After reading his book, I now have even greater respect for Lou Holtz. The book has 11 chapters. I have little doubt that Chapter 12 will be represented by an SEC and a National Championship by the University of South Carolina Gamecocks!!!! Go Lou!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "ake465" on March 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful, realistic lessons about life and winning. Several memorable and hilarious jokes, a lot of valuable advice. Two jokes come immediately to mind--the one about Holtz's non-request upon leaving Notre Dame, and the one about the fire truck with bad brakes. There are many others. This book really speaks to people where they are, and because it is modern, is probably more valuable than some of the classics like Think and Grow Rich, etc. Besides, coaches just have a special way of telling it like it is. A winner.
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