There are many reasons why Nick Saban is one of the best coaches ever to grace the college ranks.

However, the Alabama coach and five-time national champion shared a story on Wednesday about a lesson he learned early in life from his father.

Saban said he learned about not letting one problem lead to more problems after his high-school girlfriend broke up with him:

“It’s kind of like my dad used to tell me when I used to go to work at the station,” he said. “My girlfriend broke up with me, so I was treating the customers bad. He said, ‘What’s wrong with you today?’ I said, ‘My girlfriend broke up with me.’ He said, ‘Well, you’ve got one problem, but if you keep treating the customers bad, you’re going to have two more. I’m going to fire you and then I’m going to whip your ass for getting fired. So you’re not going to have a girlfriend, you’re not going to have a job and you’re going to get your tail whipped.'”

It’s one of many lessons Saban learned from his father, but it clearly has been an important one.

Saban is the master of compartmentalizing problems with one part of his teams and not letting them affect other areas of the team.

Now, we know the backstory of how that particular lesson was taught to the five-time champion.