Growing up, one of my favorite NFL coaches was Tom Landry. I loved the quiet, calm reserve he demonstrated; seemingly never frustrated or elated. I remember watching in amazement for his non-reaction whenever they would score. Of course, I thought his trademark fedora was cool too!
Landry has been criticized for his demeanor by his critics and players alike; claiming nobody seemed to really know him. That was a disappointment to learn about my favorite coach, but I still admire him anyway. He was a revolutionary giant of the game of football with a winning record that still stands.
Coach Landry once said, “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” I believe, essentially, the same thing. We learn more from life’s challenges, than we do from our successes. (more…)