I have recently spoke with many different people who are interested in coaching and really consider it as something that they could do for their career.
And usually their first question is, "What the heck is it like to actually be a coach?"
So what IS it like?
What does it look like?
What does it feel like?
What could it be like?
There are a lot of different coaches out there and a lot of different lifestyles of a coach.
My journey might not look like others.
But I feel like hearing all different perspectives is always more beneficial.
I started my career in marketing. At first I wanted to be a journalists because I loved writing. After I did a summer internship with NYU I got a sense of the editorial side, the business side, sales and marketing and decided that I actually loved marketing instead.
I worked at In Style magazine, travel and leisure. I then ended up taking a job at an ad agency doing media planning and buying for Kraft Foods.
With each step in my career I kept I feeling like I needed to be closer to being the one that made the decisions.
I decided then to go get my MBA, interned at Coke, and took a full-time position after I graduated at Intel doing digital marketing.
But I still wanted something more.
With each new job and new position I kept thinking I was getting closer and closer to be that someone that gets to make all the decisions.
But what I finally realized along my journey is that it wasn't that I just wanted to make decisions, I want to actually OWN it all.
I really wanted to just create something that would make a huge difference for people that would add value to their lives.
I wanted to be the person that was deciding how it goes,
how it looks,
and how it feels.
I set off on this journey to figure out what I wanted to do.
First step? I quit my start up job without a plan.
I started consulting, doing marketing consulting on the side, and just thought "I have all this marketing experience and I love marketing so that's what I'll do!"
I hired a business coach. And when I hired my business coach it hit me: That's a job?!
And boom, that's what I wanted to do.
I got rid of my consulting clients and I switched.
I started coaching because I really realized that coaching was basically what I do.
It's how I live my life.
It's who I am.
It's who I am to people I meet.
It's who I want to be.
It's really just somebody who is there helping people and supporting people in reaching their biggest dreams.
For me, business really excited me.
Working with women entrepreneurs really excites me, so that's where I focus.
But what else does coaching look like?
I honestly had no idea.
I just knew that if I could spend time talking with people about their businesses,
and making a difference for how they did things,
and had them bringing in more money,
or really getting clear on what it is they wanted to do and finding their passions,
that lit me up.
That's how I got started - but once I started coaching I realized that as a coach you are not just coaching people, you are a business person, a sales person, a leader, and in many ways a student.
There's managing your books, there's scheduling, there's the back end work of getting everything up and running, there's website design, if you need a website or a membership site, there's photo shoots. I love doing the photo shoots, but there's also a strategy to them.
You may find yourself asking yourself- "What am I gonna do on Instagram? What am I gonna do on Facebook? What am I gonna do on YouTube? What am I gonna do with my emails? What am I gonna do on my blog?"
I tell you all of this because often times I meet people who want to be a coach to help people and forget that you also have to want to be a business owner or at least not hate the idea of being an entrepreneur.
Because the reality is - there are not weekly paychecks coming your way. There may be times if you have a team that you pay your team and not pay yourself. Early on there are months when you make less than you thought you would or nothing at all.
But with all of that - it's incredibly rewarding AND you develop so much!
I can't tell you what life will look like as a coach for you. But for me - it's the only rollercoaster I'll ever get on. There are highs, there are lows, and I wouldn't change it for the world.
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