The personal coaching and mentoring market is starting to look more and more like a used car salesmen convention of under-achievers. In fact, many who could not make it in sales (i.e., realtors, authors, speakers, and unsuccessful business people) are now considering themselves “Life Coaches” and “Career Mentors.” Those who are truly skilled and can make a difference by guiding others are becoming lost in the Sea of the Hacks who have yet to find success in their career choice and yet somehow believe it to be their mission in life to help others achieve what they themselves could not. Read the news or run a quick Internet search and you’ll discover too many unfortunate stories of ruined lives due to the guidance of unqualified coaches and mentors. Too many unsuccessful people are desperately searching for an easy way to make money. After they fail in their own career, they devise plans to feed off the aspirations of others. These hacks will take your money, promise you the moon, and try to convince you that someone or something else is to blame for your struggles. Don’t let these schemers rob you of your money and dreams! You may ask: How does one recognize a skilled coach or mentor as opposed to an unqualified one? It’s not always easy, but it is possible to separate those who are skilled from those who want to exploit you in order to make their own child support payments with your money. There are many great certification programs available, but they alone only tell you that someone was able to do a self-study course and pass a series of quizzes and tests. You need to do your research before you
High-speed internet access, instant messaging, fast-track to success, and even fast food, describes the rush, rush world we live in. More than ever before, people want instant access and quicker results. While it is understandable that no one wants to take the slow route, success in any endeavor takes time, focus, and dedication. Education is much like a path with no end; we each make our way down the path and the better educated we are, the more enjoyable and rewarding our journey becomes. I am in the process of creating a membership site that you will hear more about in the coming months. It will provide an ever-growing curriculum that has two distinct approaches to personal and professional development: training and education. I believe that one must train for today and educate for tomorrow to be successful. Training and education offered via my membership site is being designed to help members develop knowledge and philosophies that will influence their attitudes and decision-making skills. Below you will find my ‘Path to Success’ that will guide you to achieve greater levels of success in both your personal and professional life. Dr. Rich’s Path to Success Education that forms our knowledge base comes from the schools we attend, the lessons we learn from our parents and grandparents, and what we are taught through our lived experiences. Education can be formal or informal and is one thing no one can ever take away from you! As we become more educated, we mature in thought. As that occurs, our personal philosophies evolve. This is sometimes referred to as ‘wisdom’ that comes from life experiences and increased education. The philosophies of how we view the world and people around us
Successful leaders are rarely perfect people. In fact, most are flawed – just as we all are – and who at one time or another made mistakes. The difference is that these leaders found a way to overcome their mistakes. They did not get involved in a self-created pity party; they learned from their mistakes and had the ability to ‘climb above’ them. More importantly, they found ways to share their newly learned knowledge with others in hopes of keeping them from making the same mistakes.