He spoke to a room full of golf professionals who were sitting on the edge of their seats listening and learning from one of the greatest coaches of all time. If you are even somewhat familiar with Mr. Holtz, then you know that he is a man of great character. He shared with us the rules he strives to live by each and every day.
Rule #1 Do what’s right. Everyone should work hard, don’t blame others, and be accountable. You have a choice. You can only control your attitude. When Mr. Holtz was fired from Arkansas in 1983, he was bitter but he did what was right. He never said anything bad about the school. Two years later he was hired by Notre Dame with the recommendation from the AD at Arkansas who had fired him. He did what was right.
Rule #2 Do everything to the very best of your ability. If you are in business, your job is to satisfy your customers and make a profit. When some of his team members made bad choices that kept them from playing the next game, he told the rest of his team to “focus on why we can win, not why we can’t win”. They promptly started working harder to win.
Rule #3 Show people you care. If you take the time to help your students, players, and customers to the very best of your ability, they will respond in kind.
These are very simple rules to live and work by. It makes no difference if you are playing golf or going to work in your chosen profession. We can all learn from these simple but powerful rules from Mr. Lou Holtz.