Sometimes a quote on social media makes you stop, sit up and listen. For me, the below did just that. A friend shared a quote:
Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kids get used to someone being tough on them. It’s life.
How true. Kids need guidance, they need support and they at times shock horror need a little bit of criticism. But so too do adults. A friend of mine was talking about someone she knows who is incredibly successful in business. His approach to life and his business is and has always been ‘coachable’. In every aspect of your life. Take the advice, at times take the criticism, and play the game. Be open to learning. Open to advice. Open to other people’s opinions as long as they have your best interests at heart.
In many aspects of life, we take on board coaching. A personal training session, being part of a sporting team, a yoga class, a Pilate’s class. In fact, any form of physical activity or involvement often involves ‘coaching’ in some respect. So why not in every aspect of our lives don’t we sit down and learn from the best. It’s a good idea to have a coffee with someone who is selling more than you in the company, a fellow teacher or lecturer who seems to connect incredibly well with his or her students, a colleague who for some reason or another just gets it and is happy to share their ideas and their thoughts. As the owner of a start-up company, I’ve asked advice from many. I’ve had countless coffees with a lot of people and I’ve taken on board numerous suggestions and ideas. Some I’ve implemented, some I haven’t and some are on my very long ‘to do’ list. I’ve never thought that asking for advice has been a sign of weakness, a sign that I can’t cope. In fact, it’s a smart thing to do and most successful people never stop learning and they never stop listening to good advice. You see in life there is always going to be someone who knows more than you. Plain and simple. If we can harness good advice and good coaching then we are a step ahead of where we were yesterday and one step closer to where we want to be tomorrow.
Clare Sultmann is a wife, mother of 3 and the founder of Dear Molly. As a survivor of a catastrophic accident, former barrister at law, published author, and nationally accredited mediator Clare has returned to work in a different capacity. Relocating to Noosa shortly after the birth of her first child, Clare found it difficult to make meaningful and real connections with other like-minded women away from her own network of friends. With this in mind, Clare’s idea was born. Dear Molly aims to provide connections for like-minded women in a real, meaningful and positive manner. It a platform to share, communicate and inspire other women about their ‘real’ life.