This is a rebroadcast of Episode 564. It was originally released in June of 2018.
When Dr. Misner was a child, his teachers all had the same complaint: “Ivan talks too much.” What his teachers saw as a problem ended up being an advantage. Dr. Misner’s job is to talk to people, and he gets paid well to do it.
The secret here is to take the thing that’s in the way and channel your efforts in a manner that makes that problem part of the solution.
In 1985, Dr. Misner had a massive thing in his way. He’d lost a client and could hardly pay the mortgage, so he started a referral group to help himself and his friends generate more referrals in a structured way. That group became BNI, bringing success not just to Dr. Misner, but to thousands of business owners around the world.
Successful people know how to focus on a roadblock and turn it into an overpass.
What’s been in your way that you’ve turned into an advantage? If something is in your way now, how do you plan to channel it? Share your experiences in the comments.
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Complete Transcript of Episode 564/720
Priscilla:Hello everybody and welcome back to The Official BNI Podcast, brought to you by the Networking for Success Channel on YouTube, which features Dr. Ivan Miser and many other networking experts. I am Priscilla Rice, and I am coming to you from Live Oak Recording Studio in Berkeley, California. I am joined on the phone today by the Founder and the Chief Visionary Officer of BNI, Dr. Ivan Misner. Hello, Ivan, how are you today?
Ivan:I am doing fantastic, Priscilla, and I am in Austin, Texas. I have decided not to travel this week. I have spent so many years traveling during my birthday that I decided this year, I am going to stay in town. My birthday is in just a few days. It’s June 30, so I am in Austin, Texas, this week.
I’ve got, I think, an interesting topic: What’s in the Way Becomes the Way. You have no idea what I am going to talk about.
Priscilla:No, I don’t. But first, can I say Happy Birthday?
Ivan:Yeah. Absolutely. Thank you very much I appreciate it.
When I was in elementary school, I generally received pretty good reports from my teachers. However, one thing came up time and time again, and it was a comment by almost every teacher I had: Ivan talks too much in class. That’s what they all said. Now, my mother had numerous conversations with me about this, but really, it was to no avail. I figured that she thought my grades were pretty good and she generally liked to pick and choose her battles on issues. So she didn’t really push the matter, and so I talked. And I talked and I talked and I talked in class. It showed up on almost all of my report cards.
My teachers felt that it was a problem for me in school. My mother, on the other hand, didn’t give me too much grief on the subject. While the teachers generally felt that it was a roadblock to my learning, I think they may have been wrong on that. What my teachers saw as a problem ended up becoming an incredible passion: I talk.
I talk a lot. I talk to individuals, small groups, middle-sized groups, large groups, and massive groups.