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Lead Story

PCI: The 'little engine that could' gains steam


Industry Update

Eureka! HMS has conference hosting down

Visa muscles to squelch risk

Interchange under attack

Visa identifies apps storing sensitive data

Restaurants most vulnerable to data breaches


Mind on the ATM money

Tracy Kitten

Industry Leader

Kim Fitzsimmons –


Payments: A very large space

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group


Street SmartsSM:
To certify or not to certify: That is the MLS question

Dee Karawadra
Impact PaySystem

What if my ISO tanks?

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Ten myths muddling PCI mastery

Ross Federgreen

Statement analysis for cave men

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services Inc.

Getting wise to wireless security

Joel and Rachael Rydbeck
Nubrek Inc.

Help desk quality check

Biff Matthews
CardWare International

Company Profile

WAY Systems Inc.

Premier Payment Systems

New Products

No-brainer protection on smart cards

Smart Card Guard
National Envelope Corp.

Fort Knox for merchant data

3Delta Systems Inc.

A new Vu of IP device management

NetVu version 2.3
Precidia Technologies Inc.


What about you?



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

May 29, 2007  •  Issue 07:05:02

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What about you?

As a payment processing pro, you're always on the go. At the office you field phone calls from merchants, vendors, partners and colleagues.

You attend meetings; update your calendar and to-do list; send and receive e-mail messages; mentor up-and-coming team members; make sure you have enough business cards, brochures and other marketing materials; and more.

On the street, you do presentations, get contracts signed, make cold calls, take care of POS equipment installations and troubleshoot for merchants whenever they need you.

Then, at day's end, you've got networking at local chamber and other association meetings and volunteer work in the community. Hopefully, you spend time with family and friends, too.

Yours is a service profession. It demands that you focus on other people's needs. That leaves precious little time for you. Why does this matter? Because you must be at your best to do your best. And you can't be at your best unless you take care of yourself.

Time out

Take a minute to consider these questions:

If you're like most people, you're probably pleased with some of your answers and a bit disappointed with others. You might be confused, too. After all, experts disagree on many of the finer points of health maintenance.

Some say vigorous workouts are required several times a week to keep the human body fit; others say walking just 10 minutes a day will tip the longevity scales in your favor. And the "miracle" diets touted by some medical practitioners, chefs and diet gurus are legion. It's hard to know where to start when it comes to forming new habits.

Take charge

Not to worry. The most important thing is to pick an area in which you'd like to improve your self-care, and take a step.

If you're consuming too much coffee at work, for example, get acquainted with herbal teas. It's likely you'll find a few that you can substitute for at least some of your java consumption. If you snack on chips, try substituting celery with peanut butter or unbuttered popcorn.

If you want to exercise more, you don't have to run right out and join a gym (although you can if you think you'll enjoy it). Here are some possibilities:

There are myriad small ways you can improve your health. Explore Web sites; bone up; subscribe to newsletters from respected authorities on fitness.

As in sales, persistence is key. What works for your colleague may not work for you. But if you keep trying, something will work. Maybe rock climbing is your thing, or ballroom dancing. Perhaps meditation is your bag, or singing in a blues band.

So begin. You'll be sharper, happier, healthier and more productive. That means more merchant applications will roll in. Then someday you'll be figuring out how to stay fit on the beach sipping your (healthy) drink of choice.

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