“All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” — Bill McCartney
How important is coaching? Really?
Well, it depends on the individual. For some it’s welcomed help, for others it’s more of a hinderance.
It can either unlock and accelerate your personal growth and career, or it could be a way to give yourself the impression of making progress. You really need to find someone who is genuinely interested in bringing out the best in you.
The main reason to get a coach is to have sessions that are personalized and tailored to suit your particular needs. If you just want general advice about stuff, then it’s easily available for free in articles both online & offline, and in videos on YouTube.
Since you’ve probably already Googled it, I think your question is rather where you can find reliable and proven ones online.
Well, while there are quite a few out there, if you want the best then keep your eye out for ones mentioned in publications like “Entrepreneur”, “Fast Company” and “Inc.”
There are plenty of hucksters out there, they’ll give you really bland and general advice and then suggest you buy their weekend package, book, and/or mastermind for $10.000.
So be sure to vet potential coaches properly before you sign up or pay anything.
There are also a lot of free resources out there. If you’re into practical advice when it comes to business and marketing I suggest you check out Gary Vaynerchuk, if personal development is your thing then Tony Robbins might interest you, and if you want some perspective on time management then take a look at videos with Randy Pausch on YouTube.
Those three can give you the basic advice you need to get started on your own, and also make sure to avoid paying coaches that’ll just end up rehashing things you can learn for free.
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