Coaching vs. Mentoring

Sometimes you know you need help but you don’t know what kind of help you need. Do you hire a coach or a mentor? What’s the difference and why should you care? See below for an outline on the differences between the coaching and mentoring programs I offer.

TL;DR: Coaching is performance driven around a specific goal; mentoring is development driven around your long-term vision of your life.

A coach helps you achieve a specific goal within a short time frame (usually under 12 months). For example: launch a business, scale a business, land a new job, run a marathon, etc.

A mentor helps you change or develop an aspect of your life. For example: going from the corporate world to becoming an entrepreneur, becoming a better father/husband, building confidence and self-esteem, etc.

Coaching is the answer when:

You have a goal in mind and need help to achieve it

There is a specific, measurable outcome you seek

You need help in a specific topic or area

You have a set date (or timeline) to hit your goal

Mentoring is the answer when:

You have an area of your life you want to improve

You feel stuck (or in a rut) and need help getting out

You want to make a major change in your life (career, etc)

You struggle to find purpose and fulfillment and are ready to pursue them both

You want to build self-confidence and self-esteem

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