All of the best entrepreneurs, sales professionals and leaders have at least one. They push us to get beyond our self-created limits.
When it comes to coaches, I have several, including a business coach, golf coach and a personal trainer. The one quality that they all have in common is that my relationship with each of them is more important than the product they sell.
I’ve been with the same golf coach, Bill Pappas, for two years. He asked me recently about why I take golf lessons from him every two weeks, even though I never have time to get out on the course due to my schedule.
It was an interesting question that caused me to reflect. I’ve determined that I stick with the golf lessons because I love the stimulating conversation every Saturday morning. He is well read, a phenomenal entrepreneur and we always have interesting conversations about business, life, golf and cool people he’s met and coached.
The most crucial quality to being a better coach is that you must be really good at creating results in your client. For example, I’m not 100 percent committed to being an awesome golfer, but my golf game has improved phenomenally.
From the first day I started personal-training sessions with my coach, Chi Bang, he’s gone above and beyond his scope of training services. He has shared his professional network, offered business advice and has opened his home to me in times of need. He’s been so good to me, beyond personal training, that I could absolutely never leave him.