What is a coach?

What is a coach?

For the last several years of my professional career, I have not liked the term instructor. In my life the root of this dislike stems from my thoughts on knowledge and information. I see a lot of people focus solely on obtaining knowledge and information.  Don't get me wrong, knowledge and information are essential but to me it is the least common denominator. Meaning that obtaining knowledge and information is the first step not the last in becoming effective at anything. What separates is the focus on wisdom which is the proper application of knowledge. Wisdom, if we hold to my definition, involves experience, failing, succeeding, growth, pain, joy, change of direction, honesty, humility and this list goes on. As you can see once we start talking about wisdom then it opens a whole new realm. Now lets tie this back to my discussion on instructors. Instructors by definition pass on information. That is their job and a lot of them are good at it but to me this is the first step just like obtaining knowledge is the first step. Once we start talking about wisdom then we shift the conversation to the word coach. The term coach comes from a Hungarian word that means carriage. Coach was a slang term used in the late 1800's at Oxford University to describe the professor's action of "carrying" their students through their exams. So the definition of coaching is the description of the process of taking someone from where they are to where they want to be and a coach is the person who facilitates this. To me this is the game changer, if you want to be coach, you are responsible for taking someone from where they are to where they want to be. This is both a great honor and a humbling privilege to be a coach. I have dedicated my life to being the best coach that I can be and that means that I am always seeking wisdom to help those who God has brought into my path so that I can help them get where they want to go.  Where do you want to go?  Can I help?