By Cheval John
When a person knows their destiny, they will work extremely hard to fulfill their destiny for the better.
Monique Hoffman, a.k.a. Q The Brand, knew that she was meant to do more with her life.
She discovered her path to success as chef after leaving the mortgage industry.
In that process of discovery, she developed strong friendships and provided her perspective on her love with cooking.
And since she was showcasing her expertise in the culinary arts on social media, she was growing her social network following and many businesses were asking her about how to grow their businesses for the better using social media.
Q was able to transition her brand into social media and created a consultancy that helps businesses to be successful on social media for the better.
She shared with me on What’s The Word? about what drove her to be successful with her business and her Marketing Therapy show that is recorded on the live streaming platform called Blab and is available on iTunes.
Sam Houston State is about to face their biggest challenge in the Southland Conference matchup against McNeese State.
The Bearkats will be competing in one of the toughest places for opponents, Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
This matchup can possibly determine if Sam Houston will have a chance to repeat as SLC champions.
McNeese State is currently undefeated and has dominated Sam Houston during their matchup over the years.
By Cheval John
The city of Houston has not been good to Stephen F. Austin State University in recent years.
The Lumberjacks were looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals Sam Houston State University at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Unfortunately for them, they came out winless after a 34-28 matchup loss to the Bearkats that was played in front of record crowd of 26,990.
The Lumberjacks won the inaugaral “Battle of The Piney Woods” held at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) in 2010.
Since then, they have lost to the Bearkats.
SFA had everything going for them in the first half as they held the Bearkats to only 3 points and only 171 yards of total offense.
At the same time, the Lumberjacks has connected for two touchdowns to make it 14-3.
One might believe that SFA would have continued their momentum going into the second half.
That was not the case.
Sam Houston exploded for three huge punt returns, (two returned for touchdowns and another that set up a field goal by Luc Swimberghe) that gave them a 24-21 lead.
The two punt returned for touchdowns was courtesy of Gerald Thomas (78 yards) and Yedidiah Louis (53 yards).
The Lumberjacks could not recover from the punt returns and ended up losing to the Bearkats for the fifth consecutive year.
We played well enough to win, for the most part, with the exception of maybe three plays, but that seems to be the same song, fifth verse,” Coach Conque said to the Houston Chronicle.
The lesson that can be taken away is that no matter how hopeless it seems to achieve your goals as a writer, podcaster, etc., you must continue to work hard to get that breakthrough.
Sam Houston kept on working hard despite being out of rhythm in offense and in the end, found a way to defeat their arch-rivals Stephen F. Austin.
And speaking of continuing to work hard to gain your breakthrough, I can finally share with you the What’s The Word? episode with guest Alissa Trumbull, co-founder of the #BizGalz Twitter chat.
The first two times in trying to air the episode, they were some wi-fi connections problems that caused me to put out the episode on a different time from the normal Monday night time slot at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central.
Like they say, “Third Time Is A Charm.”
Here is the link to the video version of the interview with guest Alissa Trumbull.
And below is the podcast version of the interview with Mrs. Trumbull.
By Cheval John
The University of Texas has been the innovators in what intercollegiate athletics is all about today.
They were one of the first universities to have sponsorships from major brands like Nike.
They had a strong football tradition of winning national championships under great coaches like Darrell Royal and Mack Brown.
They also have the largest athletics budget in the nation.
Texas is one of the most recognizable universities in the world.
In the last couple of years, Texas has been going through hell.
First, they let go of Mr. Brown, who won them their first national championship (2005) since the glory times of coach Royal.
They were expecting coach Brown to win a championship ever year since they spent millions of dollars in facilities upgrade.
One could say that the struggles of the football team under coach Brown to win another championship since 2005 was the start of the turmoil for Texas.
Next came the retirement of DeLoss Dodds.
Some could say that Dodds was the clue that held the athletic department together.
He was responsible for making Texas a powerhouse because of his innovation and also bringing in Mack Brown as the football coach and hiring Rick Barnes as the basketball coach.
He also stood behind coach Brown amidst the public outcry of people who wanted him to be fired.
The powerbrokers, “a.k.a.” the board of regents hired Steve Patterson as Texas athletic director to stem the turmoil.
Patterson added to the turmoil when he fired Barnes, tried to raise the ticket prices for football games and even mentioned that the city of Austin should put in money to renovate Erwin Center.
And now Mr. Patterson is out as the athletic director.
The lesson that entrepreneurs can learn from this fiasco is to make sure that you don’t bring in people who have egos because it can ruin your business in the end.