Teen's Game Plan for Life

Teen's Game Plan for Life


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After decades of helping to mold teenagers into adults as a highly successful football coach, including a national championship as the coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Lou Holtz shares a common sense message with teens in an easily understood game plan for life. He speaks clearly and persuasively to a generation that is "being asked to make important decisions that have adult consequences earlier than any previous generation." "In today's social climate," he tells them, "your ability to know how to make good decisions becomes more important than ever before." Lou Holtz is a highly sought-after speaker and author who for years has challenged and motivated adults. Now in a book that parents will want for their teen-age children he spells out his tested, proven game plan for life. Teens that want to define their life goals and then go about reaching them will want to read A TEEN'S GAME PLAN FOR LIFE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781893732537
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Because of today's social climate, your ability to know how to make good decisions becomes more important than ever before.

To My Teenage Friends,

You have more choices and decisions before you than any previous generation.

Because of the increase in the number of families with both parents working, and the increase in the number of single parent families, you are being asked, on your own, to make important decisions that have adult consequences earlier than any previous generation. I imagine a number of you already perform adult functions, like providing care, supervising, and cooking for a younger sibling. You are to be commended.

So often the good achievements of young people go unnoticed while bad actions like school shootings, drug overdoses, or a teenage killing over a pair of sneakers make the headlines today.

Why would a teenager take such extreme actions that tarnish the reputation of an entire generation, you may ask? Some of these incidents may involve drug use, or a lack of respect brought on by low self-esteem. Some actions are beyond comprehension.

However, we do know that when a young person performs actions such as these, they are stealing future opportunities and chances from themselves.

Because of today's social climate, your ability to know how to make good decisions becomes more important than ever before.

The nature of making good decisions and leading successful lives remains the same as when your parents and grandparents were your age. How to make those decisions and understand some of the important things of life is what I hope to pass on to you.

I will share some simple and easy-to-apply rules for success that I have used myself. Believe it or not, I was once a teenager, too. In fact, I wasn't a good student and I wasn't a good athlete. My gift was common sense, something I have been fortunate enough to have possessed my whole life.

I'm going to share with you a game plan for life that I hope will help you to understand what is important and how you can make good decisions in the future.

I believe this is a formula for success that you can use from this day forward.

My prayers are with you as you try to be all that God intends for you.

Coach Lou Holtz

Author Biography: Lou Holtz was head football coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996, winning the National Championship in 1988. Holtz is now the head football coach at the University of South Carolina. In 2000, Holtz became the first coach to lead four different schools to top 20 finishes (North Carolina, Arkansas, Notre Dame, South Carolina). Holtz is a master motivational speaker and a former analyst for CBS Sports. Lou Holtz and his wife Beth are parents to four grown children. This is his third book.

Table of Contents

A Letter to All Teens: From Lou Holtz13
The Playbook17
Play 1Choose Your Attitude19
Play 2Make Sacrifices31
Play 3Get Rid of Excuses43
Play 4Understand What You're Trying to Do53
Play 5Dream Big Dreams59
Self-Confidence: A Special Page in the Playbook77
A Final Poem115

What People are Saying About This

Regis Philbin

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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was more motivational. It showed the consequences that come with not making certain decisions at certain time. Like if I were to procrastinate my applications I would have regretted not being able to keep my options. The author also used his own life experiences, and did not necessarily have that nagging sense the author allow you to make the decisions because you were going to have to deal with what ever consequences of that. And with the goals that he mentioned in the beginning was a springboard for being able to define my goal more. Although I have not progressed on my goal it is not because of the book. I think for next semester I will work on laziness and procrastination
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