Successful People Have Coaches.

Kiera MacDonald
2 min readJul 14, 2017

“Everybody should have a Coach” says Google CEO Eric Schmidt

The definition of a Coach is “someone whose job is to teach and help improve at something”

Every successful person in Sports, Politics, Business, Entertainment, Religion and Life have or had coaches.

Cristiano Ronaldo has a coach. Barack Obama has a coach. Richard Branson , Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins have coaches. Even Buddha had a coach.

None of these people got to where they are on their own. They realised early on that they would get more out of themselves if they had the support, advice and accountability of a coach, even multiple coaches.

We have all had coaches in life…

Who taught you to speak, play football, do maths, learn a musical instrument? A parent/teacher/instructor. These are all types of coaches who not only taught you something but helped you improve.

Yet, since leaving school or graduating from university how many coaches have you had in your life?

At 31 Cristiano Ronaldo still sees the benefit of a Coach to continue playing world class football. At 55 Barack Obama still needed Coaches to continue to be the President of the United States until last year. And at 62 Oprah Winfrey still relies on coaches to stay one of the most respected people in the Entertainment industry.

It was these coaches that have helped educate, empower, advise, hold accountable and supported them to their successes.

Paul Dolan, a behavioural scientist at London School of Economics and the author of the bestselling book Happiness By Design, says:

“Just as people have for years been employing personal trainers to help them get fit and lose weight, so too achieving goals can be accelerated by using an advisor or coach to apply similiar principles to success in life.”

Now, very few of us have the means to employ a team of people. We do, however, have more of a team than we think. Remember “no man is an island”. Rely on your friends, family for support in reaching your goal.

“Successful people ask for help” Camille Preston, Fortune

Along with your family and friends there are countless support networks on and offline.

If you are learning a new skill, find a course at a local educational institute or online.

If your goal is to get fit, look for local classes or a personal trainer. Alternatively there are countless online exercise videos, free and paid.

If you are looking to start your own business look for a local business person to be a mentor or alternatively find an online mentor or coaching course.



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Kiera MacDonald

Wellbeing Coach. I write short but hopefully thought provoking pieces. My goal is to illicit conversation or offer a different perspective…