Bobby Kerr’s Top 10 Life & Business Tips

Bobby Kerr

Bobby's Top 10 Tips

Bobby Kerr, from Dragon’s Den fame and successful businessman spoke at the ceremony that took place at MacroomE last week where he presented the Greenshoots graduates with their certificates for completing the inaugural new business programme.

Bobby shared his business wisdom with the new graduates, mentors, trainers and invited guests and gave us all his Top 10 Life and Business Tips:

1.Avoid the begrudgers and those who have a negative cloud over their heads – all they will do is drag you down! Make sure you surround yourself with positive people.

2. Do something you enjoy doing & have fun doing it!

3. Put a priority on your health and your family

4. There is real value out there – negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

5. Be honest and do your work with integrity – never do anything that you will look back on with regret

6. Make sure you have a clear plan – set goals and targets for yourself

7. Be realistic, everything will take longer to work than you thought and will cost more – allow for this from the start!

8. Don’t be afraid to change or adapt your plan – life changes, so should you

9. Network as much as you can, make connections and learn from others

10. Make sure you “stay in the ring” – do what you need to do to survive, things will improve and you need to be one of the one standing when this happens

While there was no rocket science in what Bobby said it was great to hear such basic and practical advice delivered in such a no nonsense way from such a successful businessman.

Bobby endeared himself with the crowd with a simple story about his first visit to Macroom many moons ago –  he had told his dad that he was going to The Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom to listen to the poet Rory Gallagher.

Rory, I’m not sure if you were a poet, but you could definitely play guitar!!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

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10 Responses to “Bobby Kerr’s Top 10 Life & Business Tips”

  1. irishminx Says:

    10 good timely reminders Greg, not just for business, but for life! 🙂

  2. Donncha Hughes Says:


    Brilliant from Bobby. A true gent. Adding to number 10, I think that we all need to steel ourselves to the fact that we need to be Salespeople and that when we make the sale that we need to collect the cash.

    Super post again.


  3. Mark Says:

    Always remember to keep your customers/ clients happy with you. All business is repeat business or gained from referrals.

    • Greg Canty Says:

      Happy customers … such a simple idea.

      There is one supplier that we use and I absolutely hate dealing with them – I look forward to the day that I find a supplier who does what they do with the same quality but who are nice and decent to deal with!


  4. Tina McAvoy Says:

    10 great tips so simple but true!!
    Thank you for sharing

  5. Mark Says:

    How hard have you been looking for an alternative supplier? Sounds like your current supplier is exploiting what appears to be a monopoly… there is always an alternative.


  6. John Leahy Says:

    On the supplier issue-in the current climate there is no excuse for a supplier not to provide quality service and be pleasant as well. Yet while we as an economy are trying to dig ourselves out of the hole we are in there is still a huge gap to be bridged between what we say we deliver and reality (Ronsealism ;-). We cannot afford this and we shouldn’t accept it from our suppliers. Isn’t that one of the values of networking .. I bet if you asked, someone would provide you with a name of a supplier that will provide the level of service you desire.

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