INspired INsider with Dr. Jeremy Weisz (inspiration & overcome challenges)

Matt Miller is Founder of School Spirit Vending. The combined efforts of his business and his franchisees, allowed them to sell  over 5 million stickers last year alone while helping schools raise funds. School Spirit Vending has accumulated over $12 Million in sales over the past few years.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:39] Jeremy’s welcome and introduction to this episode with guest Matt Miller, founder of School Spirit Vending.
  • [0:01:10] Did you ever think you’d sell over $12M in stickers?
  • [0:01:39] What were you thinking when you first started this?
  • [0:02:50] Can you share something that was really tough at the time that you can laugh about now?
  • [0:04:45] How do you handle tough situations like that with your family?
  • [0:06:41] The transition from job to entrepreneur.
  • [0:08:30] When did you transition full-time into being an entrepreneur?
  • [0:09:25] What made things change around 2008-09?
  • [0:10:35] Matt shares his sales pitch.
  • [0:11:29] Some obstacles you face when you try to get vending machines into restaurants.
  • [0:13:16] Matt discusses his decision to enter the Air Force and the experience of being in the military.
  • [0:20:02] Matt talks about some of the campaigns he saw that worked during his time in the industry.
  • [0:27:53] The decision to get into vending machines and the success Matt had right away.
  • [0:32:06] The next major milestone with vending machines.
  • [0:39:16] The benefits to schools of having one of your machines.
  • [0:39:53] The transition into franchising.
  • [0:42:58] Structuring the franchise model.
  • [0:46:16] One mistake you train franchisees to avoid.
  • [0:55:55] Matt’s favorite success story with franchisees.
  • [1:00:15] The low point for Matt in his journey.
  • [1:02:41] The proudest moment for Matt.
  • [1:05:35] How to connect with Matt.
  • [1:07:11] Matt’s comic book company.

In this episode…

Accumulating over $12M in sticker sales is no small feat - and it wasn’t always easy. Matt discusses his road to success and the many obstacles he faced along the way, including going from “hero” to “zero” in his career and having major financial issues as a result. Through his focus on survival, Matt discovered the vending business. Things were tough, and Matt worked hard to turn things around for himself and his family. He shares how he managed to beat the odds and build a hugely successful business.

Matt shares his low point, which came after suffering a career setback that caused him to lose a huge chunk of his annual income. He discusses with great honesty what it was like to be in such dire straits with a family to support and why he chose to be totally honest with his children about their situation. Matt also shares the lowest point - being forced to buy York Peppermint Patties instead of birthday cake, because that was all they could afford. To this day, Matt and his family have Peppermint Patties on birthdays as a reminder of how far they’ve come.

Matt discusses his experience in the military and the decision to leave the Air Force to give corporate America a shot. He talks about some of the frustrations of his corporate job and what eventually pushed him in the direction of entrepreneurship. Matt shares insight into the 7-year grind of transitioning from his corporate job into being a full time entrepreneur.

As they close out their chat, Jeremy and Matt talk about some of the things that have inspired him along the way and how he’s managed to transform his business from 1 used gumball machine in a restaurant to a flourishing million-dollar business. He also discusses the decision to franchise and what it’s like to see the success of his franchisees. Matt closes with his proudest moment: being able to pay cash for his kids’ college tuition. That’s the stuff a success story is made of.

Resources Mentioned on this episode

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This is a dedication to Jordan Guernsey may he rest in peace.


I released this interview again today because Jordan embodied gratitude and appreciation even when times were tough. It is only fitting to release on Thanksgiving.


The following description was from the original post with Jordan:

Jordan was founder of Molding Box a logistics and transportation company that has grown to a multimillion dollar a year company and has gained several recognitions in the Inc 500. He started it in his moms basement in 2006.

He was nominated twice for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year & was the youngest person on Utah Business list of 40 under 40 .

Listen to this interview to hear how Jordan handled In April 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma and how he looks at Cancer as the best thing that has ever happened to him.


Hear Jordan’s journey and the hard decision he had to make in his life and business after getting sick.

Molding Box was founded in November of 2005, as a simplified outsourcing solution. Providing its customers with flexible printing solutions, scalable shipping and handling services, as well as, disc media production.

It all started when Jordan Guernsey decided to branch out from a previous employer. He moved back into his parent’s house and set up shop in their basement, armed with only a credit card and a blessing. Once Molding Box started racking up clients, the company faced a new problem- financing a growing business. Trusting his idea would take off, Jordan put everything he had, a Visa with a $12,000 limit and $500 in cash into his company. His gamble paid off, within the first year Molding Box had eight employees all working in his parent’s basement. Molding Box started to take on a life of its own.

Matthew Zachary Founder and CEO of Stupid Cancer which is the largest charity addressing young adult cancer. He is also the Founder of Instapeer, the first anonymous mobile matching platform for cancer patients and caregivers.


He was a concert pianist when he was diagnosed with brain cancer at 21.




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Ramona Pierson is cofounder of Declara, a learning technology that bridges artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and algorithms that are under lock and key. Previously, Ramona was founder of SynapticMash which was acquired by Promethean for estimated ~$10million. She had to relearn everything --from walking to talking to eating and even breathing.

She is truly the perfect example of the phrase -- triumph of the human spirit.

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Tom Szaky is one of the top eco-friendly entrepreneurs of the planet. Tom is the founder of Terracycle, a company which makes consumer products out of waste.


His company collected over 1.5 million cigarette butts in a year and 500 million juice pouches. They make goods out of garbage from backpacks to fence posts and much more.

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Dr. Glenn Livingston is the founder of the International Coach Certification Academy. He has more experience in both coaching and business development than the founders of virtually any other coach certification program on the planet.


Together with his wife and cofounder Dr Sharon Livingston, they  have sold over $30,000,000 in consulting services to major brands like AT&T, American Express, L’Oreal and many more.  They are among the few ‘marketing psychologists' that billion-dollar companies have used to crawl deep inside their prospects' minds and uncover exactly what customers were desperate to buy and how to improve profits on existing product lines.

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Beth Scott is a United States Paralympian who earned 17 Paralympic medals (10 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze) in the Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney games between 1992 and 2000

She had seven world, paralympic and american records.  In 1993 and 1996, she was chosen as the USOC Blind Athlete of the Year


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Jayson Gaignard is the founder of Mastermind Talks which is an annual invite only event for elite entrepreneurs such as Tim Ferriss, Marc Ecko, and many more .


He started Mastermind Talks after building up ticketscanada to $6million in revenue.  Hear how that business left him a quarter million dollars in debt and much more.  

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BJ Bedford Miller is an Olympic Gold Medalist and Former World Record Holder. What does it take to become best in the world?

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Former World Record Holder at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the  400 Medley Relay.


She was also:

* 2 x World Champion, 1998 (Bronze medalist, 1994)

* 8 x US National Champion 1991-2000

* 2 x Pan American Games Champion, 1995

and the list goes on.




Kylie Simonds  was diagnosed three years ago with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects bone or soft tissue. Kylie’s battle with Cancer sparked Innovation with her invention for an IV Pediatric backpack for kids with Cancer.

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Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute[ that was founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management in which she was handpicked by Peter Drucker to run.

She served as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the USA. She rose from volunteer troop leader to CEO and held the position for fourteen years (1976–1990). She was the first chief executive to come from the within the field in 67 years.

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Dr John Demartini  founded the Demartini Institute in 1982 and is a leading authority on human development.

He has been featured on Larry King Live, in Oprah Magazine, in the movie “The Secret”, and ... He has shared the stage with Stephen Covey, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra ,Donald Trump, Richard Branson and many more.

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Urmas Purde is the cofounder of pipedrive, a sales pipeline management software.They have over 10,000 paying customers  in 100+ countries worldwide such as HubSpot, Samsung, Discovery Channel and many more.  He talks about life and death experiences.

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Today we have a legend of fitness ...

Tony Horton is the master behind the best selling fitness program  P90X®.  They have helped millions get fit.

They have sold a  whopping  $500+ million in sales of fitness programs like the highly acclaimed P90X®, Power 90®, One on One with Tony Horton, and the newest one P90X3 which is a 30min workout.

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Christopher Ategeka was Voted a Forbes top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Chris founded which helps people  in rural Uganda to receive critical health services. They are focused on building and distributing  locally made bicycles and bike-ambulances to reduce maternal and child mortality.

We are going to hear more about how and why he started his non-profit Cabikes, while finishing his PhD in engineering at Berkeley.

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Jack Andraka is an inventor, scientist and cancer researcher. He is the recipient of many awards for his revolutionary work in developing a rapid and inexpensive method to detect early stage pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer. His test is 168 times faster, 400 times more sensitive and 26,000 times less expensive than the medical standard  and did I mention he was 15 when he created it. He has been honored at the white house, featured on 60min, and speaks all over the world.

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Svetlana Kim immigrated to the United States from Leningrad, Russia in 1991. She worked her way from a cleaning lady to a successful stockbroker. Today she is a motivational speaker, consultant, community leader and a 2008 Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee. She has received compliments and letters from people like Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, and many more. and featured in the new york times, wall street journal, MSNBC among others.

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Hal Elrod is the author of the #1 bestselling book “The Miracle Morning, and he is one of the top Youth, College, and Corporate speakers in the country.

-What were the 2 rock bottoms Hal had in his life?
- How did he double his income?

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Nancy Duarte is cofounder of Duarte Inc. which is one of largest design firms in Silicon Valley. They help brands like Google, GE and other top brands shape ideas into presentations.

She is the author of 3 award winning books including “Resonate” that spent nearly a year on Amazon top 100 best seller’s list.

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What will you learn in this interview?
-What does it mean that Nancy escaped through endurance?
-What inspired Nancy Duarte to succeed on her entrepreneurial journey?
-How did Duarte Inc land NASA as a client?
-What shaped and motivated her as entrepreneur?
-How did Nancy get through tough experiences during her younger years?
-How does Duarte Inc foster an amazing culture?
-What is the part of the Story Structure that is so powerful?
-What movie do you have to think is funny to fit into her family?

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Julie Clark is the founder of Baby Einstein. It was born in her basement & within five years was generating more than $20million.  She sold the company to Disney in 2001.

Julie is a 2 time cancer survivor (she prefers assassin) & sold over 30 million copies of children’s books.  Her current projects are found on  & include happyappy and babybytes.

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Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross-country skier in training for the Winter Olympics and her life was altered. Doctors told her she would never walk again.

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Sam Cawthorn is the CEO of Empowering Enterprizes & speaks all over the world to companies such as Google, Exxon, and BP. His book ‘BOUNCE FORWARD – How to Transform Crisis Into Success’ reached number #5 on the bestseller list.

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Watch this interview: 
-What do you do when you are told you will never walk again?
-How did he put the prime minister into therapy?

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A little background about Sam:

Sam is a thought leader and CEO of Empowering Enterprises. He was featured in USA Today and The New York Times. He is an expert in not only bouncing back but bouncing forward. He is obsessed with corporate and personal turnaround and is the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania.

In October 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident, where he was pronounced DEAD. He was thankfully resuscitated, but left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.

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Ron Douglas founded , a multimillion dollar publishing business, during his lunch break while working at Chase. He became a NY times Best Selling Author while scoring $5.8 million in free advertising from the media.

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Listen to this interview: [Video & mp3 included]
-Ron shares personal stories that made us both tear up.
-What inspired him to succeed and sell Over 1.1 million books.

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A little background about Ron:

Ron Douglas is a successful entrepreneur with over 12 years experience in Internet Marketing. His
portfolio of websites collectively get over 1.8 million views per month.

As an established expert in e-commerce, information marketing, and publicity, Ron is amongst an elite group of individuals who have grossed over a million dollars both with a niche focused Internet business and in traditional mainstream publishing.

In 2009, the huge following he built Online led to him signing a book deal with a major publisher and becoming New York Times Best Selling author. Ron’s “America’s Most Wanted Recipes” cookbook series with Simon & Schuster has sold over 1.2 million copies and has been featured on Good Morning America, Home Shopping Network, Fox News, ABC News, Good Day NY, Fox & Friends, the Wendy Williams Show, the Today Show Australia, the Today Show on MSN, and in People Magazine.

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Bhavin Parikh is CEO & founder of Magoosh, an online education company that helps students boost test scores for GRE, GMAT, & SAT. They have helped over 20,000 students since 2009.

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What else will you learn in this interview?
-What did they learn early on that worked because they put the product out there?
-What were the 2 traits Bhavin saw in Hansoo that he knew he wanted him as a cofounder?
-What strategy boosted their traffic and allowed them to increase revenue tens of thousands?
-How do they have a meeting every morning with 13 people and it takes only 5min?
-How did they keep a key employee because of a system they had in place?

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Jonny Imerman Fought Cancer and created the largest network of cancer survivor mentors in the world with Imerman Angels.

Listen to this interview to hear what inspired Jonny while he fought cancer to create the foundation and the candy every patient undergoing chemo needs to know about.

Imerman Angels carefully matches a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers, such as spouses, parents, children, and friends, can also benefit from one-on-one connections with other caregivers and survivors. The service is free and available to anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any stage, any age, living anywhere in the world.

Today, they have the largest network of cancer survivors in the world; more than 4,000 cancer survivors and over 1,500 caregivers. They live in all 50 states, and over 60 countries.

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