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.
By Cheval John
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.
What’s The Word?
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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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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By Cheval John
Blab is one of the best live video streaming platforms in the world of social media.
The company is very innovative and raw in how they do business.
Normally businesses would test out their product before launching it out to the world.
They basically took the risk and launch their product in beta form to get feedback from their users.
And that risk is truly paying off.
The user base for blab has increased since launching in April
And probably the biggest reason for the growth of Blab is because of Founder and CEO, Shaan Puri.
Mr. Puri is willing to get feedback from the users in order to make the platform better.
It is rare when a CEO wants to get feedback from their customers as the majority of CEOs would not want to get feedback from their users because they are afraid that their comments would hurt their egos.
They believe that if the customers don’t like their product, then it is their problem.
That is why most of the businesses are losing their customers because of their elitist attitude.
Mr. Puri is one of the great examples of how CEOs should be if they are running a business.
That is probably another reason of why blab is popular because it brings the humanity behind the brands and builds a strong community.
A huge example of this would be the Blab chat that was hosted by Tyler J. Anderson, founder/CEO of Casual Fridays, with guests Jon Loomer, Facebook Ads expert, Brian Fanzo, Chief Digital Strategist and Partner at BroadSuite Media, and Carlos Gil, Social Media Manager at BMC Software.
At one point during the chat, Mr. Loomer showed his vulnerability and humanity when he shared with the audience on why he is an entrepreneur and his journey towards becoming a Facebook ads expert.
That to me is the best part of Blab.
Anyone can be real and also build a loyal tribe.
Maybe that is the reason why Blab will trump Periscope and Meerkat because it allows anyone to truly participate in the conversation and not just be a viewer.
Hopefully many companies will follow the example of Mr. Puri and the team at Blab.
As a change of pace, tune in to this What’s The Word? episode featuring Patrick and Courtney Hennessy, host of Be Less Typical podcast.
Both work in the car sales industry and have started the podcast to break the bad reputation of the car sales industry.
You can listen to the interview below and leave your comments below about the show and article.
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.