Beware Surprises

The-Veg-Box-Beware-SurprisesOn his way home from a hard days work on Friday, Reilly stopped off at Annie Nolans Veg Box in Finavarra to pick up the weekly veggies.

He ended up getting more than he bargained for. Annie’s the ultimate salesperson and proceeded to assemble a bouquet of fresh flowers before his very eyes.

‘There are some red roses for the heart. Some tiger lilies for the mind. Some lily-of-the-valley for the body. And of course some wild lavender for the passion.’

‘You’ll surely surprise Wifey with this bunch!

He didn’t give it a second thought.

In fact the surprise present made him feel that good about himself that he decided to forego his weekly couple of scoops in the pub and headed straight for home.

‘Surprise,’ he beckoned to Wifey as he positioned the bouquet on the table centrepiece.

And it certainly was.

She went for him head on.

‘I’ve had the day from Hell. First, I ran out of petrol on the way to school and was half an hour late getting there. When I got there the kids were like bags of cats all day long. And then, when I came home I dropped my mothers porcelain bowl and it’s in smithereens on the kitchen floor.’

‘And now, on top of all that, you come home drunk.’


• Beware surprises in business and life.
• Although ofttimes well intentioned, as a general rule, your customers don’t like them. Your staff don’t like them. Even your nearest and dearest don’t always like them.
• Beware of acting on impulse. For sure, on any given day, you can emerge smelling of roses, but all too often, your impulsive actions backfire and end up getting you in trouble.
• It sounds boring and oh so conservatively prudent, but a policy of ‘no surprises’ towards all and sundry, makes for sound business and life sense.

‘’An rud is annamh is iontach.’
(Ancient Irish seanfhocal meaning ‘what’s rare is wonderful.’ Seemingly the Celtic wise ones don’t agree with Reilly on this!)


1. What areas in business and life are you acting on impulse rather than doing due diligence?


Wednesday, April 26.

Reilly gets to do his ‘Tommy Tiernan’ with four inspiring business ladies at a function hosted by Network Galway and Galway Local Enterprise Office this coming Wednesday at 7pm in Renville Golf Club.

The theme of the event is an old chestnut of Reillys and it’s that you’re only ever one conversation away from a life changing experience. And you’re unlikely to get that sitting at your laptop or watching Corrie. So, be proactive and sign up at  It’s free.

Friday May 5th.

Reilly is hosting a Smácht Mór in the Salthill Hotel on May 5. If you’re unclear as to your business mission and marketing message then this session is a must for you. You will leave with absolute clarity on your business goal and a marketing message that customers will listen to. These two outcomes are probably the single most important things for any small business to nail. Email Pádraic at for further details or to confirm your attendance. The fee is only €150 but booking is strictly limited to the first 20.


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