Return on Investment

On Coaching: Invest in “Me, First”

“Personalities don’t love. They want something.” ~ Byron Katie

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from coaches is that my personality’s wild attempts at pleasing others and winning their approval was working against my happiness and success.

In fact, I was losing the respect of others, the more I tried to please them. Not to mention losing all self-respect.

So it was time to turn the spotlight inward. To work on myself. To take Tolstoy to heart when he said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Today I actually love investing money (and time and energy) in my personal growth to change myself. I get a large return for the investment, even financially (not to mention improvements in the luminosity of mind, body and spirit).

Should I have invested that money in stocks or real estate?

I say no. I wanted to invest in me. I wanted it to go into coaching. I wanted to be fulfilled. I wanted to find out what I’ve got inside me.

Looking back, I see what being coached has done for me. Without it, my life would have been a long, dreary compromise. A dark festival of regrets and missed opportunities.

No one should to go their grave with their music still in them.

~Steve Chandler, co-author with Will Keiper of the book, The Leader and The Coach

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The Leader & The Coach by Steve Chandler & Will Keiper
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