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Do You Have What It Takes?

By David Wood

Every one has something to offer. A target market of people who are one step behind or one step ahead of you, is always around.

But new coaches ask me - do I have what it takes to build a successful business?

Here are 7 assets which are definitely an advantage in pursuing coaching as a career:

1. Experience

Are you 15, or 40? Have you truly lived? Have you failed and learned? Or triumphed over adversity?

2. Training

Have you been specifically trained in coaching, or a related field?

3. Confidence

This grows as you coach, and realise there is no right or wrong. But some people have a knowing that everything will work out the way it's supposed to.

4. People Network

Knowing 50 people is better than knowing 10 when you want to get clients.

5. Existing Client Base

If you have an existing base, as do financial planners, fitness trainers, therapists, trainers, and consultants...building your practice will happen faster.

6. Commitment

Is this just something to pass the time for you, or are you truly committed to making a difference on this planet?

7. Having a Mentor Coach

Beginning a coaching practice on your own is a much longer, slower route.

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So how many of the above do you have?

6? 4? 3?

Remember not to take any of this too seriously. The above assets are simply advantages which make the game easier. But all of them can be developed. If you have most of them already, then you can jump in knowing you're ahead of the game. If you have just one or two, then perhaps it's time to get started developing the others.

By David Wood and Geoff Grist

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David Wood is a Certified Life Coach. He helps coaches, consultants, speakers and trainers to build their businesses via his popular ebook at and his audio ebook at Get his new Free Download "50 Power Questions and popular monthly ezine for clients and coaches (now over 15,000 subscribers) at:


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