Today, we look again at some of the most famous quotes by Lou Holtz and how these relate to what we do.
- “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – No one wishes for adversity. We start every year planning that we’ll have zero batch rejects. We think our manufacturing lines will run well every day. We plan on achieving 100% service for every product. Yet, we all know that things don’t always go as planned. We face struggles, problems, issues, and stress. I think this quote simply reminds us that adversity comes to all of us… no one is immune. But, we do have a choice as to how we react to adversity. Will we learn from it and use it to makes us stronger and better, or will we let it defeat us?
- “When people need love and understanding and support the most is when they deserve it the least.” -Likewise, our work colleagues are probably all going through something unexpected and undesirable. Be considerate of what others might have occurring in their lives. Things may seem good on the outside, but there may be turmoil on the inside. Compassion is a gift that we can all share every day. Think about who you can encourage today — someone you work with needs it!
- “I think that everybody needs four things in life. Everybody needs something to do regardless of age. Everybody needs someone to love. Everybody needs something to hope for, and, of course, everybody needs someone to believe in.” – Is there someone in your life that gives you hope and that you believe in? Probably, so. Have you thanked that person lately? By the same token, there is probably someone that counts on you every day. Let’s don’t that those individuals down.
- “When all is said and done, more is said than done.” – Talk is cheap. What needs done that you’ve been delaying or avoiding?
- “I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” – I hate to be defeated! I’m competitive and want to win at everything I do. But, there are important things to learn from defeat. For example, you should learn how to avoid the same defeat next time. You should learn humility. You should learn how to be gracious in defeat. So, let’s don’t hang our heads and crawl away when defeat comes out way. Let’s resolve to learn from every experience.
We can learn quite a bit from Lou Holtz. His lessons apply to us both at work and in our lives away from work. Have a glorious and productive day!