Under the Tree: Melanie Burke

You need other people for success.

That message echoed around the barn as South African businesswoman, Melanie Burke, encouraged our students and team to think about what they need for success.

All of the answers were correct. Confidence. Passion. Vision. Self-control. Commitment.

“What stood out is that not one person said ‘other people’” says Melanie. “It’s a common oversight. Often we know we have something – a special contribution to make to the world – and we look within ourselves to make that contribution. But for success, as much as we need to look within, we need to look outside of ourselves.”

"Outline your hand" said Melanie, "and then where each digit is, write down something that you think is going to help you succeed."

“Outline your hand” said Melanie, “and then where each digit is, write down something that you think is going to help you succeed.”

Melanie advises: “Ask yourself who you connected with today. How many new people did you exchange ideas with? How many people did you fall in love with?

Of course we were flummoxed by that last question, but Melanie was serious.

“Challenge yourself to five minutes of conversation with a new person every day, and open your heart and mind to the energy that’s positive and is going to help you make your contribution.”

Melanie Burke says: "Don't forget that as well as education, family, community, religion and all of those serious things, you also need fun. Life is nothing without fun."

Melanie Burke says: “Don’t forget that as well as education, family, community, religion and all of those serious things, you also need fun. Life is nothing without fun.”

Speed-dating in the barn. It's amazing how difficult it is to approach people you don't know - even at a small school like ours.

Speed-dating in the barn. It’s amazing how difficult it is to approach people you don’t know – even at a small school like ours.

"Open up" says Melanie. "Don't be afraid - meet other people and let the ideas and fun flow between you."

“Open up” says Melanie. “Don’t be afraid – meet other people and let the ideas and fun flow between you.”

 

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