Every outstanding achievement in history has been accomplished by someone who was significantly influenced by a mentor or coach.
Aristotle had Plato.
Tesla had Sir William Crookes and Thomas Edison.
Warren Buffet had Benjamin Graham.
Oprah had Maya Angelou.
Bill Gates has Warren Buffet.
Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs.
Michelle Obama had Valerie Jarrett.
The list goes on…
Having someone to ask questions, lean on, and learn from is crucial for personal development and growth. It’s even more critical for accelerating your career growth.
Making mistakes is inevitable, but as Warren Buffet says, “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.” Those who are willing to take risks for greater rewards are the ones who will benefit the most from these mentor/mentee relationships because they inevitably accelerate their learning process because of quicker feedback about what works and doesn’t work to achieve specific goals.
We all carry biases and beliefs that may not serve us, especially if those beliefs are limiting in nature and acquired early. While we can’t control the families we’re born into or the living conditions of our early childhood, we can control how we choose to think about the world and change our actions after learning something new.
The human mind likes to take shortcuts to conserve energy, but these shortcuts become problematic if they continuously lead to unwanted outcomes and repeated disappointment patterns.
These cognitive biases are precisely why we all need a coach.
Coaches aren’t there to cheer you on and support you through your journey; They’re there to keep you honest, give real feedback, and provide that “tough love” we all desperately need throughout our lives. Coaches are there to provide objective observations and help you transform into the person you know you’re capable of becoming.
Having someone in your support circle, whether paid or not, can drastically change your outcomes, even if you’re only improving by 1% every day. James Clear’s best-selling book “Atomic Habits” provided us an empowering diagram of what can happen over a year if we decide to improve by 1% every day. While a 1% improvement may not seem like much, it adds up to a 37x return annually!
If you could invest your money into an account that would yield a 37% increase annually, you would be over the moon. To put this into perspective, Warren Buffet, one of the greatest investors of the 21st century, delivers an average of 20.3% compounded annual return with his investment group Berkshire Hathaway.
So why don’t we see more people getting excited about making daily improvements?
Because it’s boring. It’s not that exciting. It’s monotonous. It’s not the latest and greatest thing to have hit our newsfeeds, so we rarely place much emphasis on it. Yet, it can be one of the most powerful things we do for ourselves and our careers.
The only way to break through this frustrating plateau is to find someone who can help us get there. We need to find someone who has been there before and has demonstrated their knowledge, expertise, and results to take themselves and others to a completely different level.
And this is why coaching can be so influential in changing our careers and our lives. We all need others’ guidance and experience to help us accomplish the results we are looking for. Coaching and mentorship have been around for centuries and are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
A great coach can completely change your career. And with the new year quickly approaching, now may be the best time to invest in yourself to make the changes you wish to see manifest throughout the next year.
If you don’t have a coach, it’s time to find one!