You could say I have a passion for coaching. I coach my daughter’s volleyball team, not only because I love the sport, but because I love helping others be successful. This follows me to the office too. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing people grow and develop in their careers and realizing their potential. It gives me great joy to see mentees take on a new role or leaders building their social brands. Coaching fuels me.
The fringe benefit of coaching? The plethora of things I learn from those I coach and mentor – not only about business or sports – but about myself.
Here are a few of the I’ve learned over the years:
1. Be bold.
When I’m working with young athletes and young professionals I am always amazed and inspired by their boldness and their willingness to take risks. Other than making me feel old, it inspires me to take more risks and be more bold in sharing ideas.
2. Think differently.
I love when I get to say, “I really never thought about it that way.” It is such a gift to see a situation from a totally different perspective. It opens your mind and expands your thinking.
3. You are better than you think you are.
We all have days when we feel like we’re not at our best. During these times, I remind myself of those moments when people say, “you really made a difference.” Don’t be so hard on yourself – you are better than you think you are.
4. You have a lot to learn.
I am asked great questions all the time – questions I don’t know the answer to. It is okay to not know an answer – we all have lots to learn.
I encourage everyone to try coaching or mentoring. We all have something to teach, we all have something to learn. Share your perspectives and expand someone else’s thinking…you have way more to offer than you might think.