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Houston Is Not “Kind” To Stephen F. Austin State

By Cheval John

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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.

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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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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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There Is No Silver Bullet To Success

by Cheval John

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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.

Developing Your Social Skills

By Cheval John

When you are attending an event, whether it is a conference, sports, etc., it is viable to know how to act in certain situations.

Just because a person pays a boat load of money does not mean they should act like a fool.

We have seen at sporting events, fans who would try to get involved with the action of the games and would end up paying the price for it.

For example, an Alabama fan went after the Oklahoma students during the team’s humiliating loss in the Sugar Bowl.

She did not stop to think that her actions would hurt her reputation in the long run.

If she was an entrepreneur or a professional, many would point to the video and then wonder if it is ideal to do business with her.

In the same manner, if a professional is traveling overseas for business, they will have to understand how the norms of the country’s culture in which they are doing business.

Kara Ronin, founder of Executive Impressions, understands the nuances of doing business in another culture.

She has lived and worked in Japan, the United States and now France.

She had to adapt to the different working norms of the countries in order to succeed.

Her experience has allowed her to teach people from corporate to university students on how to adjust to the living standards of the countries through her company, Executive Impressions.

You can take a listen below.

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After listening, what are your thoughts on developing your social skills?

You can leave your comments below.

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