Small Business Ideas: You need a coach or a mentor
Hey everybody – having a great day?
Now, there’s an old saying I drag out from time to time and it’s this…
‘Those that can – DO, those that can’t TEACH, those that INSPIRE you – mentor!
The easiest way to describe a mentor is someone who you admire, inspires you would be a role model for you. It’s possible to have several mentors and have never met any one of them. HINT: if you do have mentors (who are alive) you should think about including a goal of actually meeting them.
I have several mentors, some are people I have worked with, some are friends and some I’ve not met yet. Each one brings different qualities to my life and inspire me and encourage me in different ways. They also provide wisdom and experience.
I’ve also been told that I inspire other people too, in different ways and at different levels of course, but mentor nonetheless.
Does that make me a great person – hell NO! No one’s perfect, but that shouldn’t stop you trying.
EVERY successful person has mentors, every successful person has a coach – some even several.
So people say to me – ‘a coach is just a teacher anyway, so by your rule a teacher can’t do what he teaches, so neither can a coach’ My response to that is..
A teacher passes on the facts and knowledge of his subject matter that he/she has studied for and learned, not by doing or having done the subject that they teach.
Now that’s obvious in subjects such as history (it’s very unlikely a history teacher will have ‘done’ anything indirect relation to the subject). But, some subjects do lend themselves to teachers with experience who have done what they are now teaching. These teachers are almost certainly going to be coaches even though they are categorised as teachers in the education system.
You can spot the difference; a teacher focuses on him/herself – it’s about delivering the subject matter and the student must learn it. A coach focuses on the success of the student; the coach will lead through experience, setting tasks, leading by example, learning by doing.
I do coach from time to time, I never teach. I also have coaches depending on what skills I need to improve on. As like a mentor, these can be real physical relationships or through virtual contact, through online courses or video calls.
If you two want to be successful you should look at the skills you want to improve on and decide which one(s) to work on first, then get a coach who can help.
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Until next time.