Get a life coach? No, get a life!


In an effort to get our senior class excited about the IB exams, my high school decided that it would be a good idea to bring in a motivational speaker/life coach to talk to us in an auditorium. I think it was probably the biggest waste of money in the history of that school -- no small accomplishment for a public high school. The guy's schtick consisted of telling us about our "glass of life" and then standing on the stage pouring water between a bottle and a glass -- just in case any of us couldn't quite grasp the metaphor.

A piece on Fox Business talks about the role that a life coach can play in improving your life and provides some "tips" on how to pick one.

Here's a quote from the author, a life coach: "One client with financial challenges recently told me that investing in life coaching is the best money she's ever spent."

My response: if investing in a life coach is the best money she's ever spent, then it's no surprise that she's having financial problems. Here's my tip: ditch your life coach, work more hours, pay down your debt, and listen to classical music every morning. And you don't even have to pay me or meet with me weekly!

And as long as we're on the topic of motivation/life coaches, let me give you a quote from the great George Carlin talking about self-help books: "If you're looking for self-help, why would you read a book by somebody else? That's not self-help -- that's help."