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Note From The Founders

“Crush It” BIG Time With Your Family & Friends

Whereas we’d usually say “yo yo yo” to yah, today it gives me great pleasure to say “ho ho ho” instead.  Can you believe that Christmas is already here?  Wow…with all of the uncertainties of life, one thing is for certain…time only speeds up!

Not only is the clock of life constantly ticking down, the RATE at which time evaporates is constantly increasing.  If this alone isn’t a good enough reason to crush it NOW, I don’t know what is.  Time is only spent, never gained, so don’t waste it.  Each moment we have is so darn precious…my only hope is that I’ll fully realize this statement before it’s too late.  Today is the day, this second is the second…no better time than now to make the most of our incredible existence.

Family & Friends First

In the 1st edition of the Crush It Report, we defined what it means to “crush it.”  Crushing it involves many things.  Why?  Because it’s a mind-set, it’s an approach, it’s a way to live life.  Therefore, “crushing it” touches everything in your life.  And whereas business and success are important components of life, they’re not as important as family, friendship and faith.  When compared to these things, business is secondary.  Because without friends & family to share your successes with, and without faith and belief in a larger vision than yourself, “crushing it” doesn’t mean a thing.

So my only wish & hope for you this week is to go and “Crush It” BIG time with your family & friends.  Be the best family member and the most enjoyable friend this Christmas…be the life of the party and the person in the room improving everyone else’s experience.

Relax & Recharge

Allow your thoughts of business and success to take a backseat for a bit, and if you do, you’ll not only have an amazing time with the most important people in your life, you’ll also naturally put yourself in a position to absolutely dominate the New Year by way of the most optimal mindset.

Next week we’ll talk about New Year’s resolutions that actually work, and the most important thing you can do NOW to set-up 2011 as your best year ever.  But for now, go and crush it with your family and enjoy the wonderful gift of life that we’re so fortunate to enjoy.  Merry Christmas to you!

Yours in festive crushing,

Sean & Andy

Founders, Human Healthy Vending

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Double Your Productivity Overnight

You know those days when you pop out of bed feeling alert, alive, and ready for anything?  Heading to work is a breeze, and you finish up early because you were so productive.  When you get home you get ambitious and cook up a feast, which is delicious and only furthers your satisfaction with the day.  It feels great to be around people and they feel great being around you.  At the end of the day lying in bed, you think think to yourself, “wow, that was a great day”.

Everyone has those days once in a while, and it is always nice.  But the question we should be asking ourselves is, why isn’t everyday like that?

If you ask any “successful” person what the most important part of their day is, you may or may not be surprised to find out the answer is usually how they wake up.  Why is this?  When you wake up, the feeling you have sets the tone for your whole day, and during this time it is up to you to determine how your day is going to play out.  Lucky for us, we can make sure to have a great day by taking some simple steps to ensure we wake up feeling great.

 

Waking Up More Productive

 

Before You Go To Sleep

The secret to a good wake up actually starts before you even get in bed.  Before you go to sleep, make sure to write down the top 3-5 things you would like to accomplish in the coming day.  Make sure to only write down your 3-5 most important tasks, any more than that will actually start to hinder your productivity, as you will feel overwhelmed.

Wake up

Immediately when you wake up, go and drink a tall glass of water.  This will not only be refreshing, but it is necessary part of jump starting your day.  After 7-8 hours of sleep, and not drinking any water, your body will be dehydrated and you will feel sluggish.

As you are drinking the water, start to go over the 3-5 things you want to accomplish during the day.  Take a few minutes to visualize the steps you need to take to accomplish them and become comfortable with them.

Begin your day as you normally would, whether that means doing some morning exercise (highly recommended), or just hopping in the shower and eating breakfast.  As you go through your routine keep coming back to these tasks and continue to visualize yourself knocking each and every one of them out of the park.

By the time you actually get to the tasks, you will be prepared and ready to “crush” them.

If your normal morning routine does not help you get in to a positive mindset, it is time to start thinking about changing it up.  You may want to start exercising in the morning, research shows that getting your blood flowing before you start your day will boost spirits and increase productivity.  It doesn’t have to be intense exercise; even a light jog or power walk will wake you up and make you feel better.

Once you find a routine that works for you, stay with it.  Your body will become accustomed to this routine and start to associate it with waking up.

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How To Decide What Task To Do First

Here is a great clip from Eben Pagan’s “Wake Up Productive” program.  This clip outlines easy ways to prioritize your tasks, ensuring that you are working on the most important projects when you are best prepared.  Eben is a productivity master and his tips for keeping your day organized and successful are usually very simple, informative, and easy to implement.

If you are looking to get back your day, while taking your life and business to the next level, visit his site and buy the program.

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Helpful Products For Operators

As you expand your vending business, you will soon realize you are taking in too much money to count by hand.  While this is a great thing, at a certain point it will become a problem for your business.  When it gets to this point, it is time to buy a currency counter.  The main thing to consider when purchasing currency counters (both coin and bill) is speed and accuracy, with accuracy being first, of course.


What Are Your Needs?

Before you make a purchase, you need to make a decision between two types of counters.  You can get a money counter that will count mixed bills (for example $5 and $1 together), or one that requires you to presort all your bills before counting.  The mixed bill counter will make your life easier, but also comes with a higher price tag.  These machines tend to last a long time so think not only about your current needs, but also what you will need in the future.

When you decide which machine you want to purchase, make sure you bring with you a large stack of cash to test the machine.  Bring 100 singles and a significant amount of $5, $10, and $20. Run these through the machine a bunch of times to make sure it counts them consistently.  If you order online, run the same tests you would run in a the store before deciding if it is worth keeping.

If you are looking for a machine and don’t really care about aesthetics, it is advisable to go with a used machine.  They will be cheaper and just as reliable.

One of the best companies out there is Cummins-Allison.  If you get to a level where you need to count large amounts of money every day, you can go with a machine called the Jet-Scan.  It is a premium machine that is both accurate and incredibly fast (also expensive).

Coin Counters

There are also many change counters and sorters out there.  The choice comes down to balancing functionality with price, as the machines will do anything from just counting, to sorting in to individual sleeves.  Do some research on your own to see what will work best for your needs.

skelly

Biomedical Engineer who earned his degree from The Johns Hopkins University & Columbia University. Named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-Founded America’s first Pure Play healthy vending company in 2003.
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