With the Feast of St. Patrick upon us I can’t help but hark back to ‘70’s Ireland, the land of saints and scholars where learning folklore in school at that time was considered as important as learning how to read and write. Regardless of whether the stories were true or just mere myths, we lapped up incredible tales of children being turned into swans, of a land where nobody grew old and then the enslaved shepherd boy who drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Whilst they were great stories, kick-starting my passion and eventual career in storytelling – there were other skills I didn’t learn during my stint at primary school. The move to secondary education proved even less progressive as attending an all-girl convent school only served to further social awkwardness and copper-fasten the notion that gender inequality would play a part of the bright future ahead. Years later, as a mature art student I earned a Masters, and with it, a harsh lesson. A prestigious piece of paper with your name on it is worth diddley squat if you haven’t mastered the basic skillset needed to navigate your way through life never mind business. It wasn’t until I joined BNI did the real education start and I learned not just the basics but the fundamental tools needed to help start and grow a new business. BNI is a networking institution that fosters growth in both people and businesses worldwide using a simple traffic light system to help steer members and their businesses to pride of place within the Green zone. Getting there is pretty straightforward, BNI has its own roadmap and toolkit within areas such as ‘Attendance,’ ‘121’s,’ ‘Referrals,’ putting you and your business on the path to success.
3 Invaluable Lessons BNI Has Taught Me (Where School Failed).
- That discipline is a good thing and should never be feared. Discipline provides structure, cohesiveness and nurtures support in a free-thinking creative atmosphere where you show up at weekly BNI meetings, not because you have to, but because you want to.
- That it is possible to grow in a competitive environment like BNI where support for each and every member is unconditional and duly rewarded.
- That givers do in fact gain. At BNI there is a saying – ‘if you give me business I’ll want to give you business in return.’ At BNI we give and gain infinitely more i.e. self-belief, knowledge and confidence. BNI opens up more than just business opportunities, it opens the mind. Preconceived notions about what success actually means, evolves, centering more on interpersonal skills and in turn building better business relationships – because the bottom line is, people buy people.
Go ahead! Give you and your business the green-light to succeed – by becoming a proud BNI member.
La Fheile Padraig!