Making a Difference: Life Coaching

What is the secret to success, happiness and true love? Is there even a single secret or it’s more of a potpourri of secrets?

Nobody can really answer these questions, hence Canadians rush by the thousands to see life coaches. Whatever your goal is, there is a life coach to help you reach it.

Helena Liu, 24, describes her life when she finished college with a bachelor’s degree in commerce in hand. She describes overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, anxiety and uncertainty. Sounds familiar?

Many young people are in the same position – finishing college leaves them disoriented and unsure on what to do next. Even when they reach 30s and 40s, the sense of dread remains along with a single nagging question: “What is the purpose of my life?”

Canadian coaching industry generated an estimated $1 billion in 2014. US coaching market shows similar numbers, with the overall yearly growth rate of 8%. It’s no wonder, since you can find a coach for anything, from ADHD to relationships.

Guy Reichard, a life coach from Toronto, explains that the main reason is that coaching is no longer a taboo. He also adds that shows such as Oprah encourage sharing personal information with complete strangers.

Krista Roesler, another Toronto life coach, says that every demographic is interested in being coached, even teenagers. Older people and retirees come as well and they sometimes want to get over their grief or emotional trauma.

For Liu, the sole purpose of coaching is to find financial success and overcome her fears.

Even though the average cost for a life coach is $150 per hour, Liu is happy about it. She says that life coaching helped her become more confident and increased her overall level of happiness.

For Guy Reichard, the secret to happiness isn’t one single thing and you don’t have to be rich, young or healthy to be happy. Becoming happy is an emotional and mental process during which we realize how easy it is to be happy.

Six Coaching Legends on How to keep winning

Thinking ahead for the retirement may seem very convoluted, but good planning and a sound strategy can make the ripe old age enjoyable and effortless. We’ve asked six coaching legends, from Mike Ditka to Joe Torre, to share with us their secrets to a great retirement.

Joe Torre, 74

Rather than just taking the easy route and lounging at home, Joe went back to the workforce and is now the chief Baseball Officer for the MLB. He is in charge of overseeing practically everything that’s going on in the lives of baseball players, on and off the pitch.

Bill Cowher, 57

When Bill hit 50, he threw in the towel and decided that family is the number one priority in his life. Other than appearances at CBS as a studio analyst, Bill also invests in municipal bonds, always following Warren Buffet’s rule: “Never lose money”.

Tony Dungy, 59

When he retired, Tony became a Good Samaritan and now spends most of his days doing charity work. This includes Big Brother/Sister. Tony is also an author of many self-help books, the latest one being focused on marriage.

Nancy Lieberman, 56

She plans to never retire. Nancy is currently employed as assistant general manager in the NBA and has a side gig working as a TV analyst. Nancy helped build 13 sports courts in poor communities.

Lenny Wilkens, 77

Lenny traveled the world as a retiree and even then found a job, working as a sports consultant for the South Korea national team. Lenny also set up a charitable foundation that aims to help children with health care and education.

Mike Ditka, 75

Mike used his experience from the pitch and went into retirement working as a pitchman and investor. Mike now enjoys golfing and doing charity work. Mike’s most important advice is – don’t go into debt.