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Yogi Berra Was A True Influencer

By Cheval John

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Yogi Berra was one of the most recognizable people in the sporting world.

He personified what it meant to be a great baseball player and a great person.

This past Tuesday, Mr. Berra passed away at the age of 90.

Mr. Berra won 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees.

He also was a part of history when he caught Don Larson’s no-hitter during the 1956 World Series.

Many can say that he was Mr. Yankee because he had the heart of the champion and also played a huge role in making the Yankees the most recognizable brand in the world.

And he even transcended the sports world in a good way.

For example, ESPN’s College Football live did a segment of Mr. Berra’s famous quotes as it pertained to each college football team who were vying for a chance to make it in the College Football playoff.

And many people whether in the sporting world or outside of the sporting world had their reactions to the passing of Mr. Berra.

And each of the Major League Baseball teams had a moment of silence for Mr. Berra

One of the things that many should understand is that Mr. Berra lived his life to the fullest and stayed true to himself.

He will be truly missed by everyone.

And to close this post out, here are some of Mr. Berra’s famous quotes below that everyone including entrepreneurs can live by:

“It ain’t over till it’s over”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”

Ole Miss Created Their Own Luck In Win Against Alabama

By Cheval John

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Alabama were favored to win their matchup against the University of Mississippi last Saturday.

The Crimson Tide was No.2 in the Associated Press poll before their SEC mathchup with the Rebels.

They had the opportunity to show everyone that were watching on ESPN that they were going to make a statement and prove that they were on a mission to make it back to the national playoffs.

Also, they had a great record against Ole Miss over the years, but wanted to avenge last year’s loss.

Ole Miss had other ideas as they went into Bryant-Dennenhy Stadium and shocked the Crimson Tide 43-37.

The Rebels basically dominated the game from start to finish.

They blitz the quarterback, Jake Coker, who was starting as a senior after sitting out last year, held Alabama’s running game to a hault.

Ole Miss also had some luck in their win.

Alabama was trailing by seven points going into the third quarter and had brought the heat against Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly.

Though Kelly mishandled the snap and threw a bad pass that would have been intercepted, the football hit off the helmet of Bama’s defensive player and found wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, who took the football to the house 66 yards to increase the lead by 14 points.

“I have never seen anything like that,” Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson said to “It’s just kind of…I mean, honestly, it’s luck, just to be honest. No way in the world you plan that, but it’s kind of how it goes sometimes.”

That football play basically put a dagger in the heart of the Crimson Tide, though they made a furious push toward tying the ball game in the end.

In a lot of ways, Ole Miss created their own luck because they went into the matchup with a mindset that they can beat the mighty Crimson Tide at Dennehy stadium even though the place is one of the toughest places for an opponent to win in college football.

When someone has great success in their positive career journey, many will say that they were lucky to be enjoying their success.

What those same people need to understand is that they created their own luck and that is why there are successful.

And speaking of people creating their own luck, you should take a listen to the story of Kayla Chatkeiwicz on how she founded her company, Smylelin Media, Inc on What’s The Word?

She built awareness of MS by using social media and also creating a strong community through a Twitter chat she co-hosts called #MSChat

This episode was the first that was recorded on the live streaming platform,

You can watch the interview below

And you can also listen to the recording of the interview with Ms.Chatzkewicz below.

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You can follow her on Twitter at @kaychatz and visit her website at

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Arrogance Always Leads A Team To Lose

By Cheval John

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The New York Giants had the football matchup won against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night.

They were leading Dallas 26-20 with under two minutes to go and were in the red zone to possibly seal the win.

New York had forced three Dallas turnovers in the matchup.

Most of the time when a team have three or more turnovers, they should lose the game.

On the fourth down play, quarterback Eli Manning was flushed out of the pocket and threw the football away that resulted in the turnover of downs.

That football play by Manning left Dallas with about 1:40 to drive about 80 yards to take the lead.

Quarterback Tony Romo, who is currently leading the NFL with 4th quarter comebacks, was able to led the team down the field that included a game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten to stun the Giants.

If Manning had taken the sack and not try to throw a touchdown pass in the red zone, Dallas would have only had less than a minute to go down the field and they would probably have not won.

Let’s just say that Manning gave Dallas an early Christmas gift that benefited Dallas.

When businesses don’t look at better options that will make them better, they will end up driving their company to the ground.

They will have the arrogant attitude that the old way of doing business still works in this day and age.

Companies who stay with the mindset of the old way of doing business will end up losing their customers and will be like Blockbuster, Kodak and the Giants.

When companies or solopreneurs take the time to listen to feedback from their mentors or customers,
they will always win new business and build fan loyalty.

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Hope everyone will check out this episode of What’s The Word? with guest Scott Barlow, who is the founder of Happen To Your Career.

He shared about his journey to how he started Happen To Your Career and also his podcast by the same name.

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You Have To Believe To Succeed

By Cheval John

For many sport teams, it would be difficult for them to succeed if they are facing an opponent that seems better than them.

The opponent would have the bigger budget to have the quality players for their team like the New York Yankees.

Or in the case of college football, teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) having more scholarships than teams from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

When the teams from the FBS compete against teams from the FCS, it should be an easy conclusion that the teams from the FBS should always win.

It should be a warm up matchup for the FBS teams to get that easy win.

However, that is not always the case.

Like the time when Appalachian State, who were in the FCS at the time, defeated Michigan 34-32 televised in the inauguration of the Big Ten Network, that brought shock waves to the college football world.

Everyone including the ESPN analyst were “upset” mentioned that Michigan should have won that matchup because they had all of the talent and the bigger budget.

What they should have understand is that Appalachian State were a team that should not have been taken lightly because they were at that time a two-time FCS champion.

Plus, they had the mindset that they could beat Michigan when they faced them.

And Sam Houston State had the same mindset that they could have beaten Texas Tech when they faced them last Saturday in Lubbock.

Even though they lost by the score of 59-45, the Bearkats kept Texas Tech on their toes.

The Bearkats had 671 yards, which is the most yards they have ever produced against a team from the FBS.

Sam Houston did not go into that matchup thinking that they would not win because they were from the FCS.

Instead, the Bearkats believed that they could beat Texas Tech and almost won.

The important lesson that everyone can learn is that even if you are not the most talented person in your industry like public relations, etc, if you have the mindset to believe that you can succeed, then success will come to you.

And even if you don’t win at your industry like public relations, etc. at least you gave it your all to be successful and did not allow doubt to stop you from achieving success.

Who knows, competing against a company that is larger than your company can allow you to eventually win in your specific market like writing, etc.

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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.