Today I turned down a potential client whose business would have brought me thousands of dollars. She seemed a like a good client, with clearly defined goals to build her coaching business, which is a coaching specialty of mine.
But there was one big problem: Her goals were simply to make more money.
And her requirements were that her mentor coach must have made a certain amount of money, which I've made, but I still turned her down.
Why did I turn her down, when helping coaches succeed is one of my specialties? Because I went into coaching and coach training to help people succeed at creating a better future for themselves and others, a better world, if you will.
The funny thing is that coaches who love what they do and love helping others to have better lives and careers, are the coaches who most succeed at professional coaching.
And they often make the most money.
Because the professional coaches, who are most likely to succeed, want to thrive by helping others thrive.
They're not martyrs. And they're also not greedy. They're more complex than that.
Probably only 5-10% of people, worldwide, who are interested in becoming coaches, have achieved this level of complexity.
Have you achieved this level of complexity?
If you're interested in coaching only because you've heard it's one of the highest paid professions in the world, don't train at School of Coaching Mastery.
And if you're only interested in helping others, instead of also helping yourself and the people you most care about, then coach for a hobby and make a living doing something else.
I wrote a blog post about this, The Top Ten Worst Reasons to Become a Coach, nine years ago, and it is as true today as it ever was.
If you want to thrive and help thrive doing what you love, let's talk.
I'm in the thrive and help thrive business.
By the way, if you love someone or something so much that you'd change the world for them, World Clan Mothers on Facebook may also be right for you. It's about turning back the tide of Climate Change so our grandchildren, and Nature, have a chance to thrive like we do. I invite you to join and get involved.