Mindset Mondays with DTK – Ep #053 – Who's in your corner?Over the last 3 decades of entrepreneurship, I've received tons of advice. Some was timely and brilliant. Like in 2006 when the CEO of Herrmann International told me that my partner and I needed to hire an executive assistant. Wow. I've told Ann Herrmann-Nehdi many times how much I wish I had taken that advice! Most of the advice, however, ranged from irrelevant to ridiculous. And I wish I had taken less of that advice.Across the decades, looking across all of the wisdom that was offered, the best advice fell into two categories:(1) trust myself more, and(2) ask for – and accept – help.In a video series called "The Best Advice I Ever Got" by Fortune Magazine, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, had an even simpler version: "Best advice I ever got: ‘Have a coach.’"Now THAT was advice that I am proud to say that I took to heart and I have had some form of a coach since April of 2004. At many times, more than one coach. I learned to ask for help. (And I eventually learned to actually accept the help I was offered, too.) And that has made ALL the difference in my ability to lead, to partner, to parent, and to thrive.What's so transformative about having a coach? At the end of the 41 second video (link below in comments), Schmidt captures it so simply: “The one thing that people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.” Having someone in my corner who will show me the truth, without judgment, and from a place of love … that alone is worth my weight in gold!Who's in your corner?

Posted by David Taylor-Klaus on Monday, February 11, 2019

Mindset Mondays with DTK – Ep #053 – Who’s in your corner?
Over the last 3 decades of entrepreneurship, I’ve received tons of advice. Some was timely and brilliant. Like in 2006 when the CEO of Herrmann International told me that my partner and I needed to hire an executive assistant. Wow. I’ve told Ann Herrmann-Nehdi many times how much I wish I had taken that advice! Most of the advice, however, ranged from irrelevant to ridiculous. And I wish I had taken less of that advice.

Across the decades, looking across all of the wisdom that was offered, the best advice fell into two categories:
(1) trust myself more, and
(2) ask for – and accept – help.

In a video series called “The Best Advice I Ever Got” by Fortune Magazine, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, had an even simpler version: “Best advice I ever got: ‘Have a coach.’”

Now THAT was advice that I am proud to say that I took to heart and I have had some form of a coach since April of 2004. At many times, more than one coach. I learned to ask for help. (And I eventually learned to actually accept the help I was offered, too.) And that has made ALL the difference in my ability to lead, to partner, to parent, and to thrive.

What’s so transformative about having a coach? At the end of the 41 second video (link below in comments), Schmidt captures it so simply: “The one thing that people are never good at is seeing themselves as others see them. A coach really, really helps.” Having someone in my corner who will show me the truth, without judgment, and from a place of love … that alone is worth my weight in gold!

Who’s in your corner?

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