[crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] thought that he could up the stakes in the endorsement primary leading up to Indiana, as he decided to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
After a week of missteps — literally! — perhaps Cruz has realized that Indianans do not have much admiration for the failed California businesswomen.
What Hoosiers do love, however, is their sports icons. Think about it. Who do you trust more as a judge of acumen and ability? A CEO fired from her own company? Or the greatest coaches of all time?
Bobby Knight got the ball rolling on the Trump Train last week, and his fellow Indiana legends have followed suit. Notre Dame royalty Lou Holtz and Digger Phelps hopped aboard, as did longtime Purdue coach Gene Keady. These are the type of folks who know the meaning of success.
If you are the type of person who wants to be successful, you could do worse than listen to what these folks have to say. Hopefully, Trump’s books have turned you in the right direction. But there is so much to learn from these heroes.
Lou Holtz has written three awesome books that offer a peek into how a successful mind operates. The gold standard here is “Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success.” In this 1999 book, Holtz offers the reader ten strategies to help the reader get ahead in their personal and professional life. Lou Holtz didn’t retire from Notre Dame with a 216-95-7 coaching record by accident. He put these principles into practice to lead the Fighting Irish to nine bowl games and a national championship. Obviously, he sees Trump as a person who understands how to win every day.
Holtz came out with two books in the aughts, once he retired from coaching again. His “A Teen’s Game Plan for Life” is a useful companion book to winning every day, and a must-read for any young person looking to grow up and attain success. He also wrote an open and revealing autobiography called “Wins, Losses and Lessons,” which offers Holtz’s reflections at how he made it in such an unforgiving business.
Digger Phelps’ renown is not limited to that of an Indiana sports figure. Not only is he famous for his commentary on ESPN, but he also worked for a time in the George H.W. Bush administration. In fact, the description for his autobiography “Undertaker’s Son: Life Lessons of a Coach” even posits him as “a possible presidential candidate.” Perhaps Phelps’s endorsement of the Donald should not have been a surprise, as Trump offers the first editorial review on the book:
“Digger is not only a survivor, he’s an optimist who has made an indelible impression on everyone who has been lucky enough to know him. His book is a lesson in having the right attitude to not only overcome obstacles, but to contribute to society and our country in a big way. Undertaker’s Son is a terrific read, and a wonderful book to add to any collection.”
—Donald J. Trump
The second review, notably, comes from Bobby Knight.
Recently, Digger Phelps released a new book, “Tales from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Locker Room.” This has some of the best anecdotes available for those who want a peek into the culture of winning in college basketball.
While Gene Keady may be the least known of the coaches’ section of the Trump cheering squad, his autobiography “The Truth and Nothing But the Truth” offers the best insight into what these individuals mean to the state of Indiana. Much of “The Truth and Nothing But the Truth” delves into Keady’s relationship with Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight and how Keady was able to navigate his Boilermakers to success in a state dominated by other basketball powerhouses. While Holtz and Phelps’ books are must reads for those looking for life tips, Keady’s memoir provides the best read for those interested in the trials and tribulations of a NCAA basketball coach.
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