Can You Explain The Difference Between A Coach And A Mentor?
I've often wondered how many people confuse the difference between a coach and a mentor. What about you? If you know that difference kudos to you. Would you mind sharing your understanding with us?
I cannot ask this question without giving you my two cents worth. You can also comment if you agree or disagree with me and state your reasons why. Don't worry, I will not get offended if you disagree. It is always beneficial to get different points of view.
Most of us need coaches and mentors in our lives as we work towards meeting our goals. You may not need both at the same time, either. It depends on what your needs happen to be at that period in your life.
When I think of a coach, sports comes to mind. If you played a sport, then the chances are you had a coach to train you to develop the skills you needed to excel. What qualities did you notice your coach had that you liked?
A coach is very much a hands-on person. They are the ones who set incremental goals for you and apply pressure on you to do what is necessary to meet these goals. They know if you want to succeed in your ultimate goal, it is critical you do the work and master all the necessary skills along the way. Sometimes, it is necessary for them to be firm with you and chastise you if they know you are not doing the work. Can you relate to that?
Where does a mentor fit in? I feel a mentor is most useful at a time after you have mastered the skills to meet your goals. A mentor doesn't teach you how to do anything. They are there for you to make the first contact and bounce ideas of them. It is up to you to discuss solutions to problems with them and get their advice as to what could be the most optimum approach.
Rather than tell you what to do, a mentor will ask you questions to help you find your own direction. Unlike a coach who is a hands on person, a mentor is someone who you approach sparingly.
You do not bug them incessantly and expect them to provide you with the answers you need. Mentors are most useful in giving you advice, It is up to you to evaluate that advice and follow it if you feel it will help you.
A coach must be skilled in the area they are training you in. A mentor may know very little about the area of expertise you are working on. Their function is to get to know you as a person and to help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses so that you can address the problems you face with a better chance to succeed.
As a member of Wealthy Affiliate can you pinpoint who are the coaches and mentors in your business life within this community? I will only answer this question if I don't see any correct responses.
I am looking forward to a robust discussion. And if none materializes, I'll just go to a corner and have a good cry!
NOT! Just kidding. All the best to you in your affiliate marketing business.