By: Tommy Acierno
Becoming a Coach After Retirement
March 25, 2020
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." —Seneca
Life offers some powerful chapters:
- Going from High School to College;
- Going from DINKs (Dual Income, No Kids) to parents;
- Going from a first career, to second, third, fourth, or more!
Having coached and been in the classroom teaching other coaches, there's a noticeable population of coaches and students who are close to experiencing (or have experienced) another major life chapter—retirement.
Many recent (or soon to be recent) retirees enter the classroom to study coaching.
Having worked with hundreds of people, personalities, problems, solutions, and possibilities—they have some brilliant life experience. They've experienced genuine surprise, heart-breaking disappointments, and everything in between.
So, why coaching?
For many new coaches, it's the promise of flexibility to work from just about anywhere in the world and the opportunity to work with a population of people that they find inspiring. Of course, the idea of creating a coaching practice that brings in real money without a 40/50/60 hour (or more) workweek is enticing.
As a matter of fact, I have a client right now who specifically hired me to support him in his transition from full-time employment to retirement. For him, retirement has nothing to do with sleeping in or doing whatever he wants (including nothing); not that there's anything wrong with that, but for my client, HIS definition of success is continuing to provide valuable service to others.
Here's the kicker, though.
His primary objective is to work in a way that is fulfilling, doing work he loves, and exercise his years of priceless experience—and get paid!
Many millennials and younger generations are catching on that we have the choice to do work that is meaningful, purposeful, and amplifies strengths. The idea of working for a paycheck is starting to shift towards a higher level of consciousness and engagement. Many global citizens who are nearing "traditional retirement" may have had their time working "for work's sake." But now, many feel inspired to infuse more meaning and purpose into what they do.
Which brings us back to coaching and the growing popularity with recent retirees. Coaching is one of the most powerful forms of service that we provide to other people. We get to see the genius in others, help them overcome any blocks that get in the way of that genius, and cheerlead the heck out of them as they skyrocket to success. It's no wonder that so many people from all walks of life are drawn to this amazing work.
Working with others as a coach is incredibly rewarding. It creates so much freedom and flexibility for coaches and their clients, and the impact is felt far outside a 60-minute session. Retirees bring their remarkable leadership (long before it was called "coaching" it was called "leadership"), experience, and newly honed coaching skills into the world and create a shift in the global consciousness that we're feeling and sensing more and more each day.
This is one of the great lessons of life: we always have a choice.
When it comes to living a life of choice, regardless of our current chapter in life, we have the choice to live, love, and laugh in a way that's unique to our experience. As we learned from Disney's wise monkey in the Lion King, when it comes to the past, "...you can either run from it or learn from it."
For many thousands of years, we've looked to our elders as a source of inspiration, wisdom, and leadership—and that's no different today. What's so powerful about the coach approach is that we help our clients discover the answers within. Though we may project inspiration, wisdom, and leadership, the most powerful coaches use that energy to engage with and inspire clients. But to truly empower someone to transform, we use that very same energy to help unlock the wealth of inspiration, wisdom, and leadership within others so that they, too, experience more fulfillment, meaning, purpose, and power and apply that energy to amplify their unique strengths.
Retirement doesn't mean that we check out from the game of life. In fact, it may be one of the most potent opportunities to engage with and participate in the game in a way unlike anything ever experienced before. In a way that leverages great knowledge, insight, intuition, emotion, peace, and grace.
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