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.
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.
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:
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.
Video courtesy of the NFL Network