On Friday night, I went to a Women’s Empowerment event in Emeryville, CA. The speakers were great. Each one giving tips on being in business. And all of them mentioned that you need a mentor or coach.
As a business and personal coach, it is sometimes difficult to convince people of the value of partnering with a coach. Personally, I have had a coach, [sometimes more than one at a time} for more than a decade.
A coach is someone who can give you perspective, hold you accountable, and spur you into action or keep you grounded depending on the need of the moment.
Why a coach, and not a trusted friend? Often friends make great coaches, but it is a delicate balance. Friends don’t always want to be pushed by their friends. Or called on their “stuff”. Trust me on this one, I know. Even when a tacit agreement is in place and I’ve put on my coaching hat to assist a friend, it isn’t always accepted with the same heartfelt intention in which it was given.
So, my recommendation……keep your friends, your friends and hire a coach!!