Many of us underestimate the power of coaching. In sports, coaches make players better—as long as the player will listen to the coach. Why does it work? It’s because coaches have a vast experience of the sport that they’re playing, whether it’s an individual sport like golf or a team sport like football. Coaches can take that experience and help their players achieve peak performance.
It’s no different in business.
I’ve been open to coaching my entire life, and no less so as I’ve gotten older and more experienced myself. It’s important to be receptive to coaching both when you’re 21, just getting started, and when you’re at my age of 79! In fact, I think I’m learning faster today than I did 20 years ago, because I better understand that I need to always be getting smarter. So I listen more, I read more, and I talk to more people to get more ideas.
One of the great privileges of my life has been to get coaching from some of the great business people in the world. Those conversations and experiences mean so much to me. But you can find great coaches anywhere. You can connect with people who’ve been successful in your local area. And technology today makes it easier than ever to connect with successful people in all walks of life, anywhere in the world. More people have more access to more learning than ever before, and I think that will make all the difference for today’s entrepreneurs.
So remember, no matter how smart you think you are, how young you are or how old, how little experience you have or how much, everybody needs a coach. If you’re receptive to coaching, you have a chance to improve. If you’re not receptive to coaching, you’re less likely to learn, and less likely to keep up in your business.