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Leicester City Proved Their Doubters Wrong

By Cheval John

Nobody believed that Leicester City was going to win the English Premier League (EPL) title when the season began.

They had every reason to believe it because the club, who are nicknamed “the foxes” barely survived regulation by finishing 14th in the EPL.

Leceister City had a 5,000 to 1 chance to win the championship and those who made a wager on the team were probably believed to be foolish.

The clubs who normally win the EPL are the top teams who have the budget to sign the elite players to help them achieve the championship.

Leicester City achieved the impossible and won the EPL title after Tottenham finished their matchup in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea F.C.

This historic win has garnered international media and social media attention.

Even if you are not a soccer fan, you have to appreciate the magnitude of this historic title run by Leicester City.

The club was founded in 1884 and have once finished second during the 1928-29 season in the English top division of football (EPL was formed in 1992).

This historic championship run also proved to be a statement for their head coach Claudio Ranieri.

Twelve years ago, Ranieri was told by the Chelsea F.C. ownership during his firing that he would never win a EPL title.

And the fact that he led Leicester City to a championship is poetic justice.

They did not complain about the “lack of resources” or the “lack of talent” that they had compared to the teams like Manchester United and Chelsea F.C.

Leicester City had the mindset to believe that they could compete in the EPL.

They were to a large degree the ultimate underdog in the EPL.

This story of Leicester City applies to us who are in business for ourselves.

We might believe that we can’t compete with the large businesses because it seems like they have all the resources to market their products or services.

Not only can we compete against the large businesses with the lack of resources, we can win too because we are creative and we understand how to build a loyal customer base through social media.

If we can share valuable content and be human in our story telling, we can win over customers and succeed for the better.

Just like Art Jones, Jed Record and Kristy Gillentine who shared with my audience on What’s The Word? about how they use snapchat to tell their stories of running their businesses.

So you don’t need money or the resources to succeed in your business or win a championship if you are a sports team.

All you need is the growth mindset to believe that you can succeed in your business and life.

When you have the unlimited belief that you can succeed in your business, you will achieve unlimited success and bring inspiration to a lot of people like Leicester City did to their fans.

Samantha Kelly’s Gift Keeps On Giving

By Cheval John

Samantha Kelly has come a long way to be where she is at today.

Ms. Kelly, also known as “Tweeting Goddess” built her first business to profitability because she connected other Irish entrepreneurs through the #IrishBizParty twitter chat.

That twitter chat led other business owners for meetup gatherings and also led to the Dublin, Ireland native to launch her Tweeting Goddess business.

Ms. Kelly success did not come by accident.

She understood from the first day that if you were going to be successful in business, you have to help other people to achieve success.

And because of her giving mentality and her willingness to help other business owners to be successful, she has achieved great success herself in her business.

In addition, her native Ireland is now going to be even more better because they are catching up in social media.

The reason is because of the first ever Social Media Summit Ireland that began earlier today at Aviva Stadium, home of the rugby and soccer national teams in Dublin.

The conference came to being due to the vision of yours truly, Ms. Kelly.

She saw how behind Irish businesses were in social media compared to businesses in the United States and the United Kingdom.

And the fact that she saw how much it would cost her to attend social media conferences to learn from the leading experts in the social media industry gave her the idea of bringing these same experts to teach the business owners how to build their audience on social media.

The speakers themselves are truly happy to be there to share their social media expertise because they felt welcomed.

Some of these tweets below showcases the success from the social media summit ireland

So if a business is going to be successful for the better by lifting each other up, why are they still tearing each other down?

What they don’t realize is that they are contaminating the market with their selfishness and are ruining opportunity for anyone to make a living for the better.

They still subscribe to the fact that if they undercut their competition and put people down, then their business will be successful.

Thank goodness Ms. Kelly don’t subscribe to the dogma of putting people down in order to be successful with her business.

Because of her willingness to help her “competition” to be successful with their business, the entire business community and sports organizations in Ireland will now be a step further to being proficient with social media as their counterparts in the U.S. and U.K.

YouTube video courtesy of TEDX

The Flexibility of An Online Business

By Cheval John

Soccer (as the world calls football) is one of the most unique sports ever created.

The sport is played in all of the 193 sovereign countries and all of the about 50 territories of the world.

Soccer’s success can attribute to a lot of tournaments that includes the FIFA’s World Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

For the athletes that plays soccer, it allows them to build a foundation that can set them and their families to break the poverty that the majority of them grew up in.

Another benefit that athletes have in playing soccer is the opportunity to travel the world.

They can interact with a new culture that is different than theirs and also improve their soccer skills that can benefit their respective national team.

In a lot of ways, creating an online business can allow you to work from anywhere in the world.

According to this 2014 Internet Retailer article, they are between 12- 24 million online businesses in the world today.

That makes it easy for a business owner to work from anywhere in the world and run their business.

And to add on the fact that social media has made it more manageable to interact with their prospective customers everyday, the business owner can succeed from any location in the world for the better.

Now if you have a business and you are not on social media, you are very invisible.

The reason being is that your potential customers are already on social media and are making their decision of whether to buy from a business or not based on what they see from their peers on social media.

Another reason why a business owner should be on social media is because half the world are on social media according this Fortune article.

Ahna Hendrix, who is the founder and CEO of Arch Digital Agency, was very smart in building her online presence while she was in college before creating her business.

Ahna shared with me on What’s The Word? about how her travels indirectly helped her to form her business and why many people should embrace social media.

She also chatted about her podcast, “Behind The Brand with Ahna,” which she records on the live streaming platform, Blab.

In conclusion, the internet has opened doors for anyone to run an online business and build strong friendships through social media.

If a person uses social media correctly, they can have a long lasting business that will allow them to travel and also make the world a better place.

Creativity Always Outshines Talent

By Cheval John

When Air Zealand made it’s inaugural landing at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Tuesday, it became an historic event.

The reason is that Houston became the first city in North America and the 6th city globally, to have non-stop flights to cities in all 6 continents of the world.

Normally, an airport that has more airlines and space, like Los Angeles International Airport should be able to accomplish the feat.

That was not the case.

IAH has a total of 36 gates in their international terminals (Terminal D for foreign carriers and Terminal E for United’s International flights).

While the largest airports in the world like (Los Angeles) has more international gates.

So why is it that Houston became the 6th city in the world to serve cities in all 6 continents and Los Angeles did not.

Well, Houston was very creative in how they use their airport to co-ordinate international flights and the foreign carriers shares the ticket counter in Terminal D.

Meaning certain international flights from foreign carriers flies in the morning time (Asia), then others fly in the afternoon (European), while the rest flies in the night time (Middle East and some Asian flights).

That is why Houston was able to succeed with the limited resources they had.

When most people have limited resources, the first thing they do is make excuses on why they can’t succeed with their business.

They are not seeing it as an opportunity to use their creativity and in the process stand out from their competition in their businesses.

In the same way like IAH, the Kansas City Royals made their second consecutive World Series appearance and won it this time.

Kansas City does not have a huge payroll like the New York Yankees to bring in the most talented baseball players in Major League Baseball.

They used what was given to them in talent and developed their baseball players to compete year in and year out.

Plus, each of the Kansas City baseball players had the growth mindset and worked very hard to be the best and that is why they made consecutive trips to the World Series.

So if you feel like you have limited budget to take your business to the next level, don’t complain.

See it as an opportunity to showcase your creativity that will take your business to the next level and attract the correct clients to your business for the better.

Samantha Kelly, a.k.a. the TweetingGoddess, did just that and is now successful in her business for the better.

And to get more inspiration, listen to this interview on my show, “What’s The Word? with guest Maria Ross, founder of Red Slice.

First video is courtesy of Airways

Second video is courtesy of TEDXTalks

There Is No Silver Bullet To Success

by Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles

Photo Courtesy of Stuart Miles


One of the most important lessons about achieving your dreams of being a writer, etc., is you must be persistent.

If one door closes, you must be aware that another door will open.

Sometimes we forget that lesson because we are afraid of experiencing rejection.

It is true that rejection hurts because we want to be liked by everyone.

The problem is that some people will not like you even if you are a nice person.

They will always try to find something to put you down if they see the opportunity.

If you are building an online business, you will certainly experience rejection along the way because no one has ever heard of you.

You can keep on trying to associate yourself with an A-lister within your industry in order to gain traction in your business if they mention you to their audience.

The only problem is that everyone else is trying to do the same thing in reaching out to the A-listers.

If you want to achieve success with your online business, you must put in the hard work and dedication to make your business succeed.

You also must build your audience from the ground up because you will achieve greater rewards from finding the right audience.

I was very fortunate to attend the Self-Publishing Success Academy class taught by Kimanzi Constable and Jimmy Burgess earlier this year.

The program was excellent because both of them shared with us how to achieve success with our self-published books.

They did not taught the lessons from theory, they taught from their experience on achieving their own success with their self-published books.

They also taught us that a person must build trust with the people who are the decision makers of the large websites or podcasts because if you send a generic pitch, you will end up being on their bad list for your disingenuous approach to being a contributor to their websites.

I applied one of the strategies that helped me to get on a couple of podcasts including Caryn FitzGerald’s Coffee And Coaching Podcast.

And yesterday, I “made” an appearance on “The Travel Wisdom Podcast,” hosted by Ladan Jiracek.

Mr. Jiracek, a world traveler who currently lives in India, interviews people who are also world travelers, authors, speakers, polyglots(a person who speaks three or more languages) etc.

I did my research on his podcast and felt that I could share valuable information with his audience because I had studied abroad in Mexico for a month and studied/interned abroad in Chile for 3 months.

So I sent him an e-mail about the possibility of making an appearance on his show.

I was happy when he said that he would like to interview me on his podcast.

The cool part was that I was able to interview him on my podcast, “What’s The Word?”

I can say that the lessons that Mr. Constable and Mr. Burgess taught about doing your research on the podcasts that you want to make an appearance on and the large websites you want to guest post on, helped me to make those guest podcast appearances.

I also believe that it is just the beginning of achieving my goal of financial independence because I understand that running an online business is a marathon and not a sprint.

So if you want to succeed in your online business, you must put in the hard work and dedication to succeed.

In the end, you will enjoy the success that you achieved because you did not take any shortcuts to succeed.

What are your thoughts on achieving success in your career whether it is writing, etc.?

You can leave your comments below.