The Christmas season. Who doesn’t love it? [Read more...]
The Christmas season. Who doesn’t love it? [Read more...]
It’s been a busy year for Catherine and me. Lots of traveling, events, new projects and writing. In fact, I can’t believe the book I worked on this year comes out in about a month. What a year! [Read more...]
There’s nothing like the end of the year to cause you to think seriously about your life. If you’re like me, you sometimes make resolutions that you don’t keep… but 2015 can be different. [Read more...]
Thank you guys for responding to my question about what you want me to write about! I think I’ll make a series called “From the MailBag” that answers your questions. Here’s the second. [Read more...]
Thank you guys for responding to my question about what you want me to write about! I think I’ll make a series called “From the MailBag” that answers your questions. Here’s the first.
Question 1: What are your thoughts on paying college athletes?
I’ve given a considerable amount of thought to this subject because I’ve lived through the college athletics experience. For those of you who don’t know, I was lucky enough to earn a full athletic scholarship to Kansas State University to play football. While I am extremely grateful for my free education, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the hypocrisy of the NCAA.
The NCAA, college football specifically, has built a juggernaut of a business over the last couple of decades. The NCAA and the schools who comprise the NCAA are making hundreds of millions of dollars off of television rights, ticket sales, donations, merchandise, and branding rights. In fact, Forbes cites that in 2013, just the University of Texas football team had an income of $109 million, bringing the team’s net worth to $139 million. That same team payed their coach, Mack Brown, $5.2 million that season and the athletic director, DeLoss Dodds, made north of $600,000.
Now with that said, I know that not every college program makes the money the University of Texas makes and I’m also aware that not every sport produces a profit as football does. But I do feel strongly that college athletes should get paid something while the buzzards around them are profiting off their ability and likenesses.
While I was attending K-State, the athletes were given one meal, books and tuition paid for, and $500 a month for food and rent. $500! That barely covered rent, much less food. I was lucky enough to have parents who didn’t mind sending me cash from time to time but so many of my teammates were flat broke while making the university millions of dollars on Saturday afternoons.
Here’s what I’m suggesting- pay the kids what’s fair. If you can pay your coach several million dollars, is it out of the question to give the players a few thousand bucks a month to live off? Absolutely not. College athletics is a full time job (I used to put in upwards of 60 hours a week) and the players need to be compensated fairly while earning their education from the school they are greatly benefitting through their athletic endeavors.
Agree? Disagree? (Or have another question?) Tell me in the comments below!
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Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that has made me take inventory of all the things I’m thankful for in my life. Humbly I’ll admit that there are way too many things to list but I thought I’d share a few of the more notable things I’m especially thankful for this year. [Read more...]
At the Lowe house, we celebrate every holiday. If the federal government believes it’s good enough to put on the calendar, we’re going to get together and BBQ. But Thanksgiving is one of the big holidays, a time to really appreciate your blessings. [Read more...]
As I approach my fifth month of blogging, I’ve never been more appreciative of my friends and readers. [Read more...]
Okay, maybe I overstated that a bit, but Marquel Martin, from Andi’s season of The Bachelorette, has asked me to shed some light on his latest business venture which combines his love of cookies with topical social charitable causes. Here’s the gist – Marquel is looking to open up a cookie shop in his hometown of Las Vegas as well as an online store which will ship his cookies nationwide. His menu will be based on the demand he sees from social media and he has committed to share a portion of his profits with notable charitable organizations. Sounds pretty good right? [Read more...]
I know that not everyone can be The Bachelor. Even more to the point, not everyone would want to be on that show.
This post isn’t about how to make it big on reality television (something I’d never encourage anyone to set as a life goal) or hitting it big.
It’s about listening to you entrepreneurial spirit’s call.
Not everyone hears it.
Some people are content to clock in at work, have a wonderful 9 to 5, and go home to their lovely family in a home that their secure job provided. These are the people who make America run. These are the people who — like my dad — provide stable and loving homes.
But I was not one of those people.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in this nation – listening to stories of people pursing the “American Dream” — that caused me to want something different. Or, probably more accurately, God just made me different.
I knew, every morning that I woke up and put on my slacks… I hated my desk job.
This goes against all work advice you ever receive, which is “love what you do.”
And so, I branched out, and tried to start companies. I thought I was going to hit it big, but — quite honestly — life had other plans. To put it bluntly, I failed.
Spme people get lucky and become incredibly successful without having to work very hard. But this is not what I’ve seen. The successful entrepreneurs—and just successful people in general—work very hard. Their wealth is gained after years of failure, effort, and God’s blessing on their lives.
My life, of course, took a very unexpected turn. I never would’ve guessed I’d end up on a television show.
Watch me talking to Rebecca Jarvis on Real Biz below: