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How To Open a Coconut Without a Machete

Hey! So a few weeks back I went to Mexico to Mastermind with my buddy Brendan and discuss growing our business and get a new viewpoint as well as visit a new country.

…and we happened to rent a house on the beach.

…and I happened to notice a coconut tree in the backyard!

Which of course meant I had to have fresh coconut juice. Granted, I had never done this before so it was a new experience for me. I figured it would be fun to share with you how it all went down.

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Thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for laughing at me the whole time and getting these pictures.

So the first idea I had was to throw rocks at the coconuts and hope I hit them and eventually one would fall…

this worked for a little while, but there has to be a better way, right?

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Next step was to try to hold my buddy Brendan up while he pulled them off the tree…

that didn’t work.

Next?

Why not try a chair!

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Sure enough, this worked and it was easier than the previous attempts.

Alright so now to open these coconuts…

Step 1 is to break the outer shell.

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I found the easiest way was to bang the side of the coconut off of an edge of something strong…in this case, the wall.

You can see in the picture how it’s cracked a bit. We found that by cracking the top and then breaking the sides so they had a deep cut into it, we were then able to peel off the exterior layer.

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At this step, you just peel and peel until you have the outer shell completely off.

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Sometimes while you are breaking them you go too far and this is what happens..

Although, you’ll see on the table there that one of the coconuts is entirely peeled…the one that’s sitting on the table is fully peeled.

The next step is to find a shell or rock that has a flat edge on one end and comes to a point on the other.

We tried the knife shown in the picture, but in a normal situation you mind not have a knife to use.

So you’ll place the pointed edge of the rock/shell into the top of the coconut and use another rock to hammer it in. The shell will crack a little bit at the point where you hit it. That’s a good sign.

Once that happens, you’ll want to repeat the process and make a circle of these little cracks in the coconut.

This will make it easier for you to pick out the broken shell and get to the inside.

Once you have cracked it a few times, you can start peeling the hard exterior off. Then all you need to do is poke a little hole in the interior (the white part) and you’ll be getting fresh coconut water!

and if anyone is wondering what it’s like to work while in Mexico this is where I spent a good chunk of my days when not hanging out/surfing..

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Yes, to have my lifestyle you do have to work your ass off. But it’s 100% worth it.

My experience learning to Kite Board in Cabarete Dominican Republic

Well, well, well… I left Costa Rica and am currently in Cabarete on the Northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

…and you guessed it, I’m doing something else adventurous.

I’m learning how to kite board with Kite Club Cabarete.

I invested in the 3 day training course because, well, that is what was recommended that I do.

Day 1 Recap)

You start off getting a brief introduction to kiting, the “wind shield” and how the kite reacts to the wind and how to properly use the wind to maneuver the kite. We started off by using a smaller kite, not as small as the kites I used to fly as a little kid, but not nearly as big as the ones you see in the picture below:

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According to my awesome instructor, Max, we were supposed to pretty much fly around the small kite the whole day.

If you’re familiar with how I do things, I tend to observe the teacher very well and then implement what they teach relatively quickly. I’ve been blessed to be able to pick things up faster than average.

Which for me, is awesome 😀

So flying around the little kite, I got the concept down quickly and we went through all the basic maneuvers. You’re supposed to picture a clock above you while flying, most of the time the kite will be at 12, so when I explain some of these little maneuvers just picture the clock.

A few of the maneuvers were just moving the kite from 12 to 2, back to 12, repeat. Others were 12 to 10, and back, repeat.

Then it started to get a little more interesting.

SPEED maneuvers. This is where you do the same thing, 12 to 2, but with quicker cut backs to gain speed.

We did this for a bit and Max told me we were going to switch to the bigger kite, excitement immediately came out 🙂

Alright, so now we’ve got the bigger kite.

We did the same activities with the bigger kite to get used to the power difference between the small kite of training and the kite I would eventually use in the water.

DAMN.

It’s quite different. The maneuvers from 12 to 2 would pull you a LOT more than on the small kite.

I could tell that it was about to get fun.. and that’s exactly what happened.

We did some body drags, first where I went and held onto Max’s back to get used to proper form and then we switched…

and then I got to go by myself (without the board still)

We did that and it immediately clicked with me, so we ended up going back to the shop to get a longer cord. (more power)

While switching up the cords I spoke with the manager Dominique who was asking how it was going and then Max told her that I was bad for business because I was learning so quick! haha

Back to the beach we went with the larger cord..we repeated the body drags and it worked the same as the shorter cord, but when I did the power maneuvers it pulled a LOT more. Pulled up out of the water a few times and it was pretty awesome, similar to the feeling I got jetpacking in the Cayman Islands.

Chris Hughes Cabarete Dominican RepublicPicture of myself and my girlfriend on the beach before the lesson

Day 2)

Day 2 started off with some of the basic beach maneuvers with the big kite again just to make sure I still remembered it. We then did some body drags in the ocean and it was finally time to take the board out!

This was a little different than just having the body drags without the board… the main reason for this was because I had to figure out how to maneuver the board down to my feet and get my feet into the foot holes before I could attempt standing.

When you start out, they have you hold the board and go against the current holding the board under your arm so you can “carve” against the water to get out far enough.

After a few failed attempts at standing up, basically standing up for a second and not gathering enough speed, thus falling back down.

It was the third time I was out when it “clicked” I stood up and starting riding. I rode for about 20 seconds and then looked back to the beach to see how far I had gone…turns out I went pretty far out so I turned back around and rode back in.

My instructor Max seemed super stoked seeing me do it! It feels the same as riding a wakeboard, but you’re in control of your speed.

I did that about 2 other times and the lesson was over for the day..

Day 3)

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Chris Hughes on the beach in the Dominican Republic

Day 3 was entirely in the water and on the board. I’m not going to lie and say I killed it the whole time and was riding like a champ, the wind was a little slower and I ended up face planting about 3 separate times during this… it reminded me of some surf wipeouts.

All in all, it was a fun experience but once it clicked for me and I could ride, it wasn’t as much fun for me as I was hoping it would be. I imagine once I learned jumps and flips and stuff it would be highly entertaining, but for the most part I prefer surfing!

Here’s some other pictures from it!

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On to the next adventure!

Chris Hughes Interviewed by the BackOfficeLabs Podcast

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A few months back I did an interview with Eric and Jarod of http://www.backofficelab.com/ about lifestyle and Entrepreneurship and finally got around to uploading it to my blog here and to be able to share it with ya.

Click here to listen (You’ll be redirected to the Apple iTunes link)

The first one should be my interview, you’ll see “Who Is Chris Hughes” there and can just click it to listen.

Over the last few months I’ve been actively building up my business, along with building up quite a few other things to be able to sell in a few years.What that meant is that I’ve ignored my personal blog here because it doesn’t directly put cash into my pocket.

I do however feel that it would be valuable for me to start blogging again, at least a little more than I have been. I’ve been learning a lot in business, marketing and advertising along with mindset training and of course I have been surfing everyday.

As of today, February 9th, I live on the beach in Costa Rica again. From where I’m sitting, I can see the ocean and hear the waves crashing. This is a shot from my living room looking out. You can’t see the ocean from the picture, but it’s right on the other side of that little wall.

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I’d love to have you listen to the interview and learn a little bit more about myself, how I’ve built up my ideal business and how you can do the same.

In the interview you’ll also learn where I was at when I was at my lowest and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. Click here to listen.

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Here’s the information for BackOfficeLabs

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Celebrating Success In Business

 

Have you celebrated any of your successes lately?

In business it can be extremely difficult to celebrate our successes.

I know from personal experiences that it felt weird celebrating things like my first lead, my first sale or even my first $3,000 day. I wonder if it goes back to my childhood and me struggling to truly celebrate things. I’ve always immediately thought “what’s next?” after accomplishing anything.

When I first learned how to juggle 4 balls, my immediate thought was that I needed to learn how to juggle 5. No hesitation, just straight moving on quickly.

I’m not sure if you know what I’m talking about with that, but it can be difficult for me to celebrate my successes. Lately I’ve been working on this more and more and have found that I feel better after relaxing, stepping back away from work and actually having a mini-celebration for a success.

For instance, I hit 1 million fans on a fan page I have the other day before recording that video. So instead of immediately thinking “I want 2 million!” (which I actually did think), I decided to go enjoy the beautiful sunset and not worry about 2 million… yet 😉

I believe its human nature to not truly stop and appreciate our successes and I’m happy to share with you that my celebrating that success had led to some great ideas during and after the celebration.

So wherever you are in your life or business, take the time to celebrate your little victories.

Maybe you’ve generated 5 leads today, or made your first sale.

HIGH FIVE! That shits awesome!

It sure is a great  feeling, you should do a little dance and pat yourself on the back. That’s something that a majority of people will never experience and you’ve done it!

Try this out the next time you experience a small or large success and let me know what ya think in the comments below!

 

Why I Changed My Backyard

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Why I Changed My Backyard…

A few years back I moved out of NY where I was born and raised and spent 22 years of my life.

Instead of settling in a place where I wasn’t truly happy, I decided to switch up my location and head to a place where I knew there would be sun daily. I packed up my car and headed down to life uncharted down in Florida.

What I noticed while I was there was that my life started to change dramatically. Heading down to Florida was a life changing moment for me. It was a time in which I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do in life or with my “career” in business. I knew that I wanted to work for myself, but I wasn’t always in a position of this happening.

Stepping out of my comfort zone by moving to a new place did something for me.

It changed me.

It changed me in a way that I am forever grateful for. It showed me that it was alright to step out of my comfort zone and to step into a place that I wasn’t 100% comfortable in being.

Have you ever thought about changing your backyard?

Seriously.

What places or place have you been or always wanted to go to?

What was it about this place that you loved?

Was it a certain amount of sunshine or snow that made you happy?

Was it certain noises that you heard or certain animals that were running around you?

For me, it was the sounds of the ocean and tropical birds flying around. Little crabs crawling all over the place, seeing lizards running all over and hearing those birds chirping makes me extremely happy.

Here’s my current backyard:

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So what I’ve decided to do is to make sure that my backyard has the ocean in it, or is at least near enough to an ocean that I can go to the ocean to either surf or just listen to the waves and meditate.

Where is your ideal backyard? Leave a comment below on your ideal backyard!