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  1. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And a thanks to cvending for again donating to support VENDiscuss.
  2. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And a thanks to MAW Vending for donating to support VENDiscuss
  3. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And a thanks to QuikVend for donating to support VENDiscuss.
  4. The Mage

    Success Series Part II

    Success programs and books always seem to start with goals. This seems the logical first step but I see a problem with that. When motivating people, I don’t think it’s a good idea to start off with a big task. That will scare a lot of people, or cause them to put to the side whatever program they are looking into by saying they will do it later. (Later means never.) We don’t want to motivate procrastination. Many people have already gone through some sort of goal setting program in the past, often more than once. The idea of writing down your goals for the 10th time just isn’t appealing. And once you do have your goals, then what? It looks like a massive overwhelming task and that can be intimidating, again causing people to procrastinate. On the opposite end are the people extremely motivated, but really don’t know what to do, or people who jump in without a plan. Not realizing that a goal is not a plan. Instead of starting with big goals I think it’s a good idea to get momentum going, and create a few habits first. Most people already have an idea of what they want anyway so I think goals can be delayed for a while. When following this idea people even without goals should be more successful. Don’t clean your house Let’s say you want a clean and organized house. Congratulations you have a goal and it only took 5 seconds. If your house is the disaster area most people think it is, cleaning a house seems like a ton of work, and that may not be motivating. The secret is to not clean your house, instead clean a room. But even a room can be intimidating, so instead do some dusting, or clean a table, organize a bookshelf. If the bookshelf is too daunting, just one of the shelves. Now you have done something and succeeded. You have achieved your task, your smaller goal, and have made a step to the larger goal. Make it too easy When trying to achieve goals the secret is to make it too easy. There is an old saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (Or a call to Uber.) Achieve something small and you made your first step. Then do another, and another. The next step doesn’t even have to be today, it could be tomorrow. Often that momentum will carry you forward, and you end up taking 2 or 3 steps, maybe more. But not because you are forcing yourself to, you already achieved the goal, you do it because you feel like it. I first ran into this concept with an author that said he couldn’t write a book, but he could write 10 pages in a day. He then went though his process to end up with a book. Tim Ferriss takes it further by making himself write only 2 pages a day, and it doesn’t matter if they are good or not. If they aren’t good he just tosses them. But he finds that sometimes momentum takes him further and he gets many more accomplished, while other days he stops at the 2 when it isn’t working. Either way his goal is achieved. Anthony Robbins also uses this idea. He describes how a tiny 1% difference doesn’t seem like a lot, but over time it is quite substantial. From LA to New York the difference is 153 miles, and puts you below Philadelphia.1 Habit Another person I learned this from is Dr. John Berardi. Probably one of the most successful physical transformation coaches around. He gives one simple and small goal or task to follow every day for 2 weeks, and only if the person believes there is a 90% chance he or she will follow it. If they do it for 2 weeks it starts to become a habit and takes little effort to keep up, so another habit is introduced, and the cycle continues. Nobody quits because it’s too hard. In fact, they worry about how little they are given to do. But a year later they have become a different person. One of his 2-week habits might be just be more mindful (pay attention) when you eat. We shouldn’t just work on our goals but make our actions to achieve them habits. When something becomes a habit it no longer seems like you are really putting in the work. It can become harder to not do it. Tim Ferriss interviewed a person who had a rule that he had to put his exercise clothing on every day. That’s it, nothing else, just put on the clothing to exercise. Later he had to walk to go to his car, and sit in the driver seat. And later he added driving to the gym. He didn’t have to go in, didn’t have the rule that he had to work out, but more often than not he would think, “Well I’m already here, might as well workout.” Bottom Up Approach This is a form of what is called a bottom up approach. Many systems focus on the top down, from goals to tasks, while this focuses more on tasks to goals, and sometimes not even the goals. This is popular with the Getting Things Done system put out by David Allen. (I use a modified version myself.) Scott Adams of Dilbert has stated that he believes in systems instead of goals. I’m a little more in the middle. I think that starting with the systems and habits is good for everyone, but I still believe in goals, at least eventually, I just believe that once this system of achievement is in place, your success with goals will be greater. You won’t just have dreams on paper, but a system to achieve them already in place. I plan on discussing goals later. 1. I used a direct straight line, not a route, and 1% of 360° resulting in 3.6° of angle. 1° would have resulted in 42.7 miles.
  5. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    A thanks to AMD Snacks for donating to support VENDiscuss
  6. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And another thanks to Poplady1 for once again donating to support VENDiscuss.
  7. The Mage

    Random thoughts

    it's a shame nothing is built in the USA anymore. Just bought a TV and it said 'Built in Antenna". I don't even know where that is.
  8. The Mage

    Ads covering content

    I did start having the same errors with safari. I also downloaded chrome to use on my phone to test this out. I believe I have fixed this error.
  9. The Mage

    Ads covering content

    I’m not seeing an issue on my iPhone, but I’m using Safari. I need to download Chome and check. But this is an issue I’ve heard about, and there’s a solution that will take some work to implement. I was hoping it wouldn’t hit VENDiscuss, hoping that issue was fixed. I’ll try and fix it over the weekend.
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    Welcome to the group. I recommend asking questions on the forum. You might get responses from more than one person with more than one idea. Also your question may be of benefit to other people. Also don't forget the search function. There's a lot of history and answered questions on this forum.
  11. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And a thanks to brendio for donating to support VENDiscuss.
  12. The Mage

    Random thoughts

    Fixed with a 2ero.
  13. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    Oops, Fixed.
  14. The Mage

    Donations 2018 fourth quarter

    And another big thanks to AngryChris for donating to support VENDiscuss.
  15. Vendors get these machines because they signed a contract with Pepsi, and the reason this machine went under their radar is that they deal with a lot of vendors with a lot of machines, so something will fall through the cracks, and when they do deal with these things they will usually deal with what makes the most financial sense. In other words they will deal with the guy who has 100 machines before they deal with the guy who has 1. And who called them? If they are not called about a problem with a machine, how do they know if there's a problem or not? I hope you don't think they were filling the machine, that was the job of the Vendor who signed the contract with them, most likely one of the Firemen, or the department was supposed to take care of it, and nobody did. And you are now doing what's called mind reading. You "know" that they abandoned the machine, and also know they want to get it back, and make you the "scapegoat". I'm not sure if you realize these are the opposite statements. But I can guarantee Pepsi did not abandon the machine. It was abandoned by whoever was supposed to take care of it. Pepsi supplies the machine with the agreement that they will buy only Pepsi products and put it in the machine. In exchange they do not charge for the use of the machine. If they truly abandoned that machine, they wouldn't want it back. You don't realize you are shooting yourself in the foot here. First you are knowingly receiving stolen merchandise. Right now you are worried they will take the machine away, but if they wanted they could press charges. I think it's unlikely, but entirely within their rights. Someday an executive could want to make an example out of somebody. Second you just cut off an easy way to fix this machine. There wouldn't be any of this drama if you bought a properly owned machine. Third what if you want to be on their program in the future? If they catch wind of this, why would they trust you enough to loan any machines to you? You already said you are willing to sell it to somebody else. Are you going to tell them how you got it? What happens when they call up Pepsi for a repair and they lose the machine? I can already see the person who sold you the machine losing their job just over this if and when it comes out.