As a proponent of the principles within the book, Never Eat Alone, I thought it might be useful for me to share my own experiences of how I applied the principles in my own experience.
In chapter 1, Becoming a Member of the Club, Keith writes that poverty comes from being isolated “from the kind of people that could help you make more of yourself.” Note that the reference to “poverty” here does not pertain to wealth alone, but to richness of life, depth of spirituality and connections to new friends.
Our family moved to Seattle when I took a senior project manager role with Fujitsu. Several of my colleagues from Intel and Novell relocated around the same time, but outside of these colleagues we had no family or friendship ties in the area. We were starting fresh.
There were a handful of things that I chose to do to become a “club member” in our new home:
1. I sought out my work colleagues and we stayed in contact though on different assignments
2. We participated fully in church activities
3. We joined the PTA with our children’s school
4. We actively sought to become acquainted with our neighbors
5. I joined a management association affiliated with my alma matter (www.byuwa.org). Eventually I volunteered to join the board and am currently the president of the Seattle Chapter.
These are just a few of the steps I took to become a Member of the Club so I could become a better person and “help [me] make more of [myself].”
What steps are you actively taking (or have taken) to become a member of your club that have been useful?
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