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Membership has its Privileges

Aha! Moment Monday

Do you hold a membership somewhere?  Do you belong to a club or trade association or perhaps a board of trade?  What about a Facebook group?

I only joined our Chamber of Commerce a handful of years ago; I hesitated not realizing the substantial value I would receive from a few-hundred-dollar-a-year investment.  Their advocacy efforts alone are worth the fee but almost daily, an insight, opportunity, or individual appears that brings enhanced value to being a member.

Like you I am joyfully entangled with a number of groups.  Mine extend from international trade associations, global women leaders’ networks, entrepreneurs’ networks, sporting clubs, speaking and consulting troops, to wellness units and personal development groups where we hold one another accountable.  All of them provide platforms for education, networking and business interaction not to mention a degree of belonging but there is one intangible element that is an absolute deal-breaker when it comes to being invaluable: the people.

Often when we assess potential memberships we look at the products and services.  What about the direction, commitment from leadership, culture, attitude and other members?  After all, you’re not planning to sit on the sidelines, you want to advance and help others to the same.

As much as we’ve all tried to challenge time, we only have 24 hours in each day.  The good news is that we have a whopping 24 hours in each day.  So, what’s your motivating factor as to where, and with whom, you choose to invest your valuable time?

Aha! ~ “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” ~ M. Scott Peck

Your attitude, your accomplishments, your motivation, your resources, your knowledge – everything – is a direct reflection, and result, of the people with whom you keep company.  Your family members, friends, colleagues, classmates and educators, committee equals, board contemporaries, association members, Facebook groupies, even those you listen to on tape all have influence.

You’re always making choices about your investment of time and “When you make a choice, you change the future.” ― Deepak Chopra   Jump when the value appears.


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