Oct 6, 2014


by Vince Vigneri and Mike Tobin

How important are Chapter Education Units?

Recently, I was in a conversation in which we were discussing the BNI Member Traffic Lights and more specifically, discussing something that is relatively new to our region, Chapter Education Units (CEU's).

When we got the topic of CEU's, the feedback was "Yes, but, you know, people have jobs and lives- they do not have time to do all these things".  I thought as I was thinking this comment over, you know, you may be correct.  SOME of the members may not have time for these kinds of things, just like SOME people may have time....so what is the value?  And why measure performance and set goals, especially CEU's, anyway?

Tom Corley, in his book "Rich Habits" pointed out 20 things rich people do on a daily basis.  The premise of his book is that those who are successful in life, and in business, are that way due to daily habits - the things they think and do on a daily basis. 

Check out this list developed by Tom Corley- I have taken a little freedom with this and highlighted some of the things that, in my opinion, hit dead on in regards to success in BNI.

Tom Corley's "20 Things The Rich Do Every Day" taken from the book "Rich Habits":
  1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
  2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
  3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
  4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
  5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
  6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
  7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
  8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
  9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
  10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
  11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
  12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
  13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
  14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
  15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
  16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
  17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
  18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
  19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
  20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.
How many of these habits could apply to BNI membership?  If you have not started using BNI CEU's, here is the good news- it is easy to start applying to your daily life as you go about your day.

Here are a couple of suggestions to help you get started:

  1. Subscribe to the BNI podcast (www.bnipodcast.com ) and start to listen to these great, short audios in your car on the way to the office or job site?  
  2. Subscribe to SuccessNet (http://successnet.czcommunity.com/ ) and read some great articles on how to get more out of the BNI experience.  
  3. Order one of the BNI books written by the founder of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner,  and start sharpening your network skills - these are available to order right from www.bni.com, or go to your favorite online book vendor.  
  4. Go back to MSP to "sharpen the axe"...or better yet, 
  5. Create an account for online learning (www.bnilearning.com) more information will be added for Member's Success in 2015.
  6. Attend Advanced Training

"Success is a journey, not a destination." (Arthur Ashe) May your journey this year in BNI be enlightening and productive, but most of all, profitable!