To Succeed, Stay Away From Negative People

By Cheval John

As college football is set to begin tonight, everyone will be focused on if Ohio State will be able to repeat as national champions in the second year of the College Football Playoff.

The pressure to win a national championship for their respective institutions can affect their health as well.

Take Ohio State’s current head coach Urban Meyer.

Mr. Meyer had a tremendous run during his time as the head coach at the University of Florida.

Under his leadership, Florida won two national championships.

Along the way, Mr. Meyer’s health suffered because he was so stressed with the pressures of winning that he had to step down from the coaching position.

Mr. Meyer’s family life had some challenges as well because he would at times bring his work to his home especially if his teams had a loss.

However some football coaches have managed to succeed in their careers and in their family lives.

Like Georgia Southern’s head coach Willie Fritz.

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Mr. Fritz has succeeded as the head coach at all levels in collegiate football.

He led Blinn College to two National Junior Collegiate Championships, became the winniest coach at Central Missouri with a Division II playoff appearance, led Sam Houston State (SHSU) to two consecutive Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championship appearance and won the Sun Belt Championship in Georgia Southern’s first year at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.

And to focus more closely on SHSU, they have been considered a contender for the FCS national championship during the time that Mr. Fritz was there and after he left.

And because of the unprecedented success under Mr. Fritz, they were able to hire K.C. Keller, who had won an FCS national championship and have kept the Bearkats in contention to win the national championship.

Though those are huge accomplishments, Mr. Fritz has found the time to make his family life as successful too.

He mentioned in a presentation he shared to a student organization at SHSU that he always make sure that his staff always take the time to spend with their families because he understands that they are the backbone to their success.

In addition, he turned three programs into national contenders for football championships very quickly (Georgia Southern were transitioning to FBS level when he arrived as the head coach and were successful already).

In the same presentation, he shared that the way how he turned those football programs around was to get rid of the “bad people.”

What this means is that he got rid of the people who always had a negative attitude and did not believe that they were going to compete for a national championship.

Mr. Fritz said that he want to be around people who have that positive energy because that makes him feel good and also it makes the work environment as a football coach much easier.

The entrepreneur or CEO of a company can learn from Mr. Fritz on how to create that positive energy when they are running their business.

The CEO must make sure that they hire the right people in high executive positions and make sure that they are on board with the positive company culture that you created.

If they treat their employees right, then their employees will give 110% percent to make sure that the customers feel valued.

However, if they treat their employees bad, then they will in turn give crappy customer service because they don’t want to work for a person who does not give a crap about them.

And when that toxic environment happens, that will bring down the business.

In conclusion, if you are an entrepreneur or a writer and you want to succeed, then you must get rid of the negative people that will hold you back from achieving your goals.

When that happens, you can achieve your goals as an entrepreneur, writer, etc. and bring positive energy to the world.

What are your thoughts on cutting negative people from your life? You can leave a comment below.

Transitioning From Engineer To Career Coach

By Cheval John

Angela Copeland is an awesome lady who has made a difference in the lives of those who are looking to be better job seekers.

She had the oppportunity to share her story of how she transitioned from an engineer to a career coach on What’s The Word? last night.

Here is the episode below:

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The Power of Being Vulnerable

By Cheval John

We see stories of how high profile A-listers are living the dream that everyone aspires to.

Whether it is Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank star, Sir Richard Branson, of the Virgin Group or Barbara Cochran of the Corcoran Group, we think that that we can’t achieve the dream life.

We don’t see the journey of how the people achieved their success.

We think that there is a silver bullet to achieving success in your business, life, etc.

What we fail to understand is that the most successful have faced failure in their lives and business.

We also believe that if we share our failures with the world, then we will lose the respect that we have earned.

We don’t want our vulnerability to “tarnish” our brand that we built.

We want the masses to see our strong side.

If businesses want to succeed in this social media world, then they must be vulnerable because people deal with people.

They have to be more vulnerable because millennials only will deal with brands who are authentic.

Millennials don’t want to feel like they are being sold to.

Who can blame them.

Most were about to enter the workforce during the Great Recession of 2008.

They saw their parents suffer because of the wreckless decisions that people on Wall Street made.

That is why they are so sensitive and wary of the broadcasting that brands are doing to sell to them.

And if they see that you are not being transparent with them, they will showcase their frustration on social media.

That can hurt your business and your brand in the long run.

For businesses that are waking up to the reality of being more vulnerable, here are two people who shared their journey to achieving success and in the process have built a strong following.

Pat Flynn

Many might have heard of Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income.

If you have not, then here is a summary.

Mr. Flynn had got laid off from his architecture firm in 2008.

He was figuring what he was going to do next.

Earlier in the year, he passed the exam to earn the LEED Accredited Professional credential.

This credential is huge if a person is an architect.

After participating in forums, he saw a way to help architects pass the LEED exam and also create income.

So create a course on how to pass the LEED exam and was able to generate money.

As a person who wanted to stay as transparent as possible, he started the Smart Passive Income blog to show everyone how he makes money and also share valuable information about the struggles of running an online business.

In addition to his blog, the Smart Passive Income podcast has brought more traffic to his website.

As a result of his success, he has spoken at conferences across the world and has been featured in media outlets like the New York Times.

For most people, the success would go to their minds because they feel that they arrived.

However, Mr. Flynn is not most people.

He has remained true to himself and has showed his failures along the way.

In his keynote address at Podcast Movement 15, he shared with us the first episode that he did in 2008.

Though it was entertaining for us, which the episode was bad, he was willing to be vulnerable with everyone to share that we should not allow fear to stop us from pursuing our goals of podcasting.

Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte has written four books and runs her successful business, Duarte.com, and is a LinkedIn influencer.

You would say that she has everything together.

However, she shared her vulnerability with everyone when she nearly lost trust with her employees.

In her LinkedIn article, “It Took Me 20 Years To Fail Fast,” she chatted about her presentation on how to prepare for an economic downturn during a staff meeting.

As she was finished with the presentation, most of the staff told her that they had lost respect for her because of the way she shared the presentation.

In her words, it took a long time before she earned back her credibility with her staff.

Her willingness to share her vulnerability allowed her to gain more respect with potential customers and clients.

So if you are still on the fence of whether to share your vulnerability, here are two simple steps to get over that fear:

1. Be Yourself: No one else can replicate your unique personality

2. Drop Your Pride: Remember that people are probably going through the same thing that you overcame.

Have you felt scared to share your vulnerability and if so, how did you overcome your fear?

Achieving The 200th Episode Of What’s The Word?

By Cheval John

The journey to podcasting has been a fun and challenging.

There have been times when I thought about giving up on my podcast, “What’s The Word?” on numerous occasions because I “felt” that no one was listening.

Also, I thought about giving up because I had some cancelations of some guests almost at the last minute.

I could have been like the majority who quit their podcasting journey by their 50th or 100th episode because the average downloads of a podcast episode is 141 according to the website, School of Podcasting

However, I knew that I could not give up podcasting because I loved to interact with the people who did not allow self-doubt, naysayers, etc. to stop them from achieving their goals in order to make the world better.

I can say that I am apart of the few who have continued to podcast because I had my 200th episode last night and interview a great friend by the name of Nicole Welch on the platform, BlogTalkRadio.

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Mrs. Welch host a fantastic podcast called “Real Time, Real Men Only.”

She is a person who knows how to lift people up and her journey to podcasting is very unique.

I could have done the 200th episode without a guest and shared some of my favorite episodes from my show.

However, I felt that it was important to stay in the routine of bringing on guests who are making the world better by sharing with the audience on how they overcame their obstacles on their journey to success.

I will say that podcasting is not easy because you have to put in the work and dedication to make it work.

For example, last week, technology did not coorporate and I could not get the episode of my show at the designated time at 7 p.m. central on Monday night.

I could have thrown in the towel at the moment and said, “It was not meant to be for me to record the 199th episode of the show.”

As I learned during my time as a podcaster that if you want to be successful, you must be consistent in putting out your show at a scheduled time that will allow you to grow your listener base.

In this case, I knew I had to get the episode in for that week even if it was not at the designated time at 7 p.m. central on Monday nights.

Luckily, I was able to record the 199th episode with my Twitter friends, Chris Barrows and Bree Kelley and share the show on Friday afternoon.

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The episode was great because both Mr. Barrows and Ms. Kelley shared valuable insights on Twitter chats, social media and the fact that Ms. Kelley was going to be the community manager for Mr. Barrow’s podcast, “Why I Social.”

The other lesson I was reminded of when achieving this milestone of the 200th episode of What’s The Word? is that no one can succeed in life without help from their friends.

Mr. Barrows and Ms. Kelley helped me to get to the 200th episode by when they took time from their busy schedule last week to be on the 199th episode.

I am forever grateful to the both of them.

Another thing that will separate the minority who are successful in their careers as a podcaster, writer, etc. and achieving their goals of living a fulfilled life for the better is that success does not happen overnight.

They understand that they will have to put in the hard work and dedication in order to achieve their dream life for the better.

They also understand that people are looking up to them to be successful in their careers as a podcaster, author, writer, author, etc. because they want to be inspired to be successful for the better as well.

So I can say that achieving the milestone of the 200th episode of What’s The Word? will inspire me to achieve my goal of being financially independent so that I can live a fulfilled life and make the world better.

Achieving Career Success Is Hard Work

By Cheval John

Sometimes things might not go the way you planned it if you are trying to build your business or achieve your career goals.

Life always “gets” in the way of your plans.

The ones who are successful are the ones who understands that they must adjust to what life throws at them.

At times, they might complain about the fact that they did not get into the desired university like Harvard.

Or complain that they were not drafted by a specific team if they are a professional athlete.

However, they decided to push through their shortcomings on not achieving their desired goals and work very hard to be successful.

That is what separates the most successful people who are in the minority and the rest of the world who decide to complain and feel sorry for themselves.

Jerry Rice, who is the all-time leading receiver in the National Football League (NFL), was overlooked by many major universities because they thought he was not the right fit for their football programs.

So he ended up playing football at Mississippi Valley State University in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

During his time in the FCS, he excelled as a wide receiver and even had a huge campaign during the 1984 season when Mississippi Valley State scored 629 points that helped them to gain national attention.

After his collegiate career was over, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ners, where he won two Super Bowls in 1989 and 1994, respectively.

In the process of winning two Super Bowls, Mr. Rice became the all-time leading receiver in the NFL.

Mr. Rice did not allow the setback of not playing in a major collegiate football program to stop him from making it to the NFL.

Instead, he worked extremely hard to become one of the best receivers in the game of football and was able to achieve greatness as an NFL wide-receiver.

It is always important to never allow setbacks to ruin your chances of achieving your dreams as a writer, podcaster, professional athlete, etc.

If you put in the hard work and dedication, you will enjoy the richness of achieving success in your dream career.

Have you faced any setbacks on your journey to a dream career? You can leave your comments below.

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