Over the last few years I have spoken with a lot of Life Coaches – certainly well over 250.
Many have hired me or taken the Coach The Life Coach training program, but a good number I have got to know through social media.
I have even hired 5 coaches myself since I became certified almost 10 years ago.
In fact I only just recently hired another coach.
I find it interesting that so many coaches start coaching and then never work with a Life Coach themselves.
The reason why coaching works so well is because of the ability of the coach to see things that the client cannot see.
We all have blind spots, including you and I and we can all benefit from having them highlighted.
As well as that I need a good ass kicking from time to time!
I’m always intrigued to hear what makes people want to become a Life Coach and I have heard all sorts of reasons over the years. Some great, some not so great.
The Worst Reason To Become a Life Coach
Without doubt the worst reason of them all is the allure of charging high prices and making a load of money without leaving the comfort of your own pajamas.
Coaching is like being a chef, a comedian or a jazz musician.
All of those professions make terrible money unless the person is right at the top of the tree. And even then high income is less than assured.
I used to know a professional jazz musician who was critically acclaimed and in high demand.
He made less than 50 grand per annum (admittedly I am going back about 15 years) and often had to fund his new albums himself.
Defining what puts a Life Coach at the top of the tree is difficult because income is a poor indicator.
I know at least 2 coaches who are barely competent (and I’m being kind), yet both probably earn more than $250k per annum.
I like to think I’m better than competent, but I have never earned more than $75k in a year, although in fairness that will change this year.
Becoming a Life Coach because you want to work with wealthy people so you can join their ranks is about as dumb a reason to coach as wanting to be a chef because you like knives.
Not far behind that as a poor reason is one I hear all too often and it goes something like this:
My friend/partner/colleagues/ (delete where applicable) said I should be a Life Coach because I’m great at fixing problems.
Well that’s awesome.
Except that is, coaching isn’t about fixing people and people closest to you are no more likely to know if you will make a great coach than I am to know if you’ll make a good unicyclist.
I could go on about poor reasons to be a coach, but I won’t because now I’m going to tell you the 10 top reasons for wanting to become a Life Coach.
10 Great Reasons To Become A Life Coach
- You love helping people
- You really love helping people
- You really, really fucking love helping people
- Helping people is what you love to do
- You get stoked by helping people
- When people ask you if you can help them you’re immediately pumped
- You get a buzz from helping people
- Helping people is in your DNA and you have the marker to prove it
- You think helping people is the most rewarding work on the planet
- You can’t quite understand why everybody doesn’t love helping others
I want to earn more money than I do now because I can’t always afford the things I’d really like to do such as travel a lot more.
However, that money has to be the byproduct of helping others, either Life Coaches or people who hire me through A Daring Adventure.
Money is a terrible long-term motivator and if you set off in coaching with all your focus on income, then you’ll in all likelihood burn out before you get there.
There’s a reason I have stuck with coaching for almost a decade when I could easily earn more money elsewhere and that’s because I love helping people and my work feels meaningful to me.
Everything else is just window dressing.
What’s your take? Why are you, or do you want, to become a Life Coach? And please feel to disagree with me in the comments.
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