By Cheval John, September 3rd, 2016
The #HTownTakeover has officially been recognized by the USA.
It should be called the University of Houston potentially crashing the College Football Playoff party.
The reason is that Houston dismantled the defending Big 12 Champion University of Oklahoma 33-23 in front of a sellout 71,016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
UH students, faculty, alumni and even the city of Houston are celebrating this epic win against a top-ten opponent.
The Cougars solidified the hype of possibly being the first team from a non-power 5 conference to make the four-team playoff.
It also makes a case for UH to be included in the Big 12 Conference.
Here is Elissa Rivas, a reporter and anchor of ABC 13 Houston responding to this tweet about the Big 12 proposal by UH
— Elissa Rivas (@ElissaRivasTV) September 3, 2016
And the Houston Astros was watching the matchup during batting practice in preparation for their second game against the Texas Rangers
— Houston Astros (@astros) September 3, 2016
And UH President and Chancellor of the UH System, Dr. Renu Khator, echos the statement about the win against OU as a statement matchup.
— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) September 3, 2016
So why is it that UH is all of a sudden the talk of the town
It has to do with their head coach Tom Herman.
Before Coach Herman arrived, UH was an above average football program under the previous head coach Tony Levine.
Coach Herman set a winning culture in the football team and even implored the college students to attend their home matchups.
And the #HTownTakeOver took root on the UH Campus and later in the city of Houston after they won the American Athletic Conference title, then the Peach Bowl against Florida State.
I can argue that former UH softball coach Kyla Holas built the program from the ground up and made them a powerhouse in collegiate sports.
Since UH softball or any other women’s sports does not garner the attention like football and basketball, they are left in the shadows of the money-revenue sports of collegiate athletics.
With the above being told, they are a few lessons that anyone can learn from the recent success of the UH Football Team.
1. You Must Have A Winning Mindset
Though the UH Football Team did not have any top recruits like their counterparts in the Power Five Conferences, they developed the mindset that they could beat any collegiate football team in the country.
They understood that to develop that winning mindset, they had to work as a team
Dave Sanderson explained on my show, What’s The Word, that the passengers of the US Airways Flight 1549 survived the plane crash because they worked together to escape the sinking plane
In the same way, we must have the mindset that we can succeed in our business and careers because sooner or later, the success will come to past.
2. You Must Be Laser-Focused on Your Goals
In the midst of the noise that UH could go to the Big 12 Conference, the coaching staff reminded the team of their goal of winning the AAC championship this season.
They understood that they had to beat OU if they wanted the collegiate football world to take them seriously as a football team.
As business owners, we hear all the noise of the rise of a new social media platforms that can revolutionize our business and that we need to be on there.
We need to stay laser focused on our goals that will eventually lead to the success of our business.
3. You Must Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
The UH Football Program would not have achieved their success had it not been for the administration under Dr. Khator.
Dr. Khator invested money into the athletic department that allowed them to improve the stadiums around the UH campus.
And since UH Football is the main draw for the university, they are determined to keep Coach Herman at the university as long as Dr. Khator continues to believe in the athletic programs.
You must surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams of a successful career or business because they will lift you up to the next level.
The places to find like-minded people is at conferences and networking events.
And you can jump-start the friendships on social media in group chats because you will be able to build trust with your potential customer or business partner.
As I conclude this blost post for better, here are a few group chats on Twitter to consider joining:
Twitter Smarter hosted by Madalyn Sklar
Biz Heroes hosted by Paper.Li
ChatSnap hosted by Kristy Gillentine
Viral Chat hosted by Post Planner
HootChat, hosted by Hootsuite
VC Buzz, hosted by Ann Smarty
Media Chat, hosted by Aaron Kilby
Millennial Talk, hosted by Chelsea Krost
Dare To Be, Hosted by Andrea Sanchez
Blog Chat, hosted by Mack Collier
Lets Live Stream, hosted by Rachel Moore
By Cheval John
The Sevilla Football Club (FC) made history a couple of days ago in Basel, Switzerland.
Sevilla again qualified for the UEFA Champions League season for next year.
They also have another opportunity to play for the UEFA Super Cup against the winner of the Champions League final that is set to occur next Saturday in Milan, Italy.
Some will probably not make a big deal out of Sevilla’s dominance in the Europa League because it is not as well known to the casual fan like the Champions League.
It is comparable to the fact that North Dakota State, who became the first collegiate team to win 5 consecutive national championships, because many view their competition as inferior due to the level that they play in, the Football Championship Subdivision, (FCS).
But the thing is that Sevilla is one among the most storied soccer teams in this century because they are finding ways to win tough matches.
In this year’s championship, Sevilla was down 1-0 entering the second half.
Then they scored three goals in the second half to steal the title from Liverpool.
This matchup was widely broadcast on television stations around the world especially on Fox Sports, the spanish equivalent Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes.
For those who wanted to watch this matchup probably did not have access to these channels because they could not afford the cable channels above.
What would have happened if these sports teams give their fans a unique access to championship matchups by using the live streaming apps like Periscope and Snapchat?
I have a feeling that these sports teams would have built a stronger and deeper following like the North Carolina State Wrestling Team.
I heard of how the NC State Wrestling used periscope to give the alumni and fans access to the NCAA Wrestling Championships from Jennifer Hoverstad, livestreamer, Operations and Project Manager for 03.
That is truly awesome because the NC State wrestling team knew that most of their fans would not be able to watch them compete on ESPN3.
Also, the team listened to what the NC State alumni wanted and were able to solve the problem by giving them access to the NCAA championships.
This is why businesses should take the time to listen to what their audience want and not just try to sell to them whenever they have a chance.
When the businesses and sports teams follow the example of the NC State wrestling team and Mrs. Hoverstad, they will be one step closer to being extremely successful in their business.