In the media

In the media

Recently I was interviewed for Authority Magazine.

Here is an excerpt.

 

The coaching industry is now tremendous. It is a 15 billion dollar industry. Many professionals have left their office jobs to become highly successful coaches. At the same time, not everyone who starts a coaching business sees success. What does someone starting a career as a life coach, wellness coach, or business coach need to know to turn it into a very successful and rewarding career?

In this interview series, called “Five Things You Need To Create a Highly Successful Career As a Life or Business Coach” we are interviewing experienced and successful life coaches, wellness coaches, fitness coaches, business and executive coaches and other forms of coaches who share the strategies you need to create a successful career as a life or business coach.

In this particular interview, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Gary Mitchell.

Gary Mitchell is the CEO of OnTrac Coach. He’s worked with some of the biggest law firms and lawyers in the country for over 15 years. His business coaching enables clients to understand how business and law are connected, and become more efficient in their work.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and what brought you to this particular career path?

I’ve had a whole host of different backgrounds, as entrepreneurs often do. I started my first business when I was 25. In the years following I found I was always drawn to roles and businesses that focused on helping others.

It was when I was managing a political campaign, and giving a ton of advice to the candidate that I had a real ‘aha’ moment! I was coaching him on everything — from shaking hands to public speaking, debating, and going on live TV — and I began to watch this person grow and develop before my eyes. It was so exciting to see the advice and tools I imparted on them pay off!

It just so happened that the politician had a lawyer friend who encouraged me to look into the legal industry for coaching, as they have very similar soft skills needs. So, I did some research and found that this was true.

From there it all came together very quickly. I landed my first client within a year of starting down this path. And here we are 15 years, 3 books, and 1 app later!

Read the full article here.

One of the best clients I’ve ever had

One of the best clients I’ve ever had

Over the last 10 months I’ve had the pleasure of working with one of the best clients I’ve had in the 14 years that I have been coaching. So why is this client so good?

He was open and eager to receive help and guidance from the beginning. Even through the busy times, he did what he could in the way of moving things forward. He has a great attitude. Excellent work ethic. He’s smart. Well, you are all smart. But this guy is really smart! Business smart.

He has great instincts. He follows through on homework assigned. He reaches out in between our calls (as instructed but rarely fully leveraged by most of my clients). This guy is fully engaged and committed to getting the absolute most out of working with me. He wants it. Like a star athlete going for the next level, this is rare. I always say, I can show you how, but you have to ‘lift the weights’! He lifts the weights.

He checks all the boxes. He is a great example, actually one of the best I’ve seen, of what can be accomplished when you fully commit to coaching and getting support. You get out of it what you put into it.

Perhaps the most important quality he has, he has a great attitude. More on attitude next week.

Oh, and by the way, he is just entering his 5th year and already showing signs of leadership.

The Dash-One of my favorite poems

The Dash-One of my favorite poems

The Dash

by Linda Ellis

“I read of a man who stood to speak

at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth

and spoke of the following date with tears,

but he said what mattered most of all

was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time

that she spent alive on earth

and now only those who loved her

know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,

the cars…the house…the cash.

What matters is how we live and love

and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;

are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

to consider what’s true and real

and always try to understand

the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger

and show appreciation more

and love the people in our lives

like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect

and more often wear a smile…

remembering that this special dash

might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read

with your life’s actions to rehash,

would you be proud of the things they say

about how you spent your dash?”

 

How are you spending your Dash?

 

TED Talk on Coaching

Although this might be self-serving, I didn’t write it or speak to it. If you’ve ever thought about getting a coach to help you grow and manage your business, I highly recommend you watch this TED Talk. Warning! There are some graphic images. And it gets a little emotional at the end. It’s inspiring, uplifting and real life proof of what coaching can do. Enjoy.

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