We were thinking about mentors and coaches recently. In our discussion, we defined them as follows:
A mentor is an informal advisor. A coach also offers advice, but in a more formal way because you’re paying for their services.
We’ve both had a number of mentors and coaches in our lives. Both have been immensely valuable! That’s what prompted our discussion.
Going where you haven’t gone before
However, since we don’t pay for the services of our mentors, we don’t talk to them as much. After all, we don’t want to abuse the privilege. We’ve talked with our coaches much more frequently, usually every week in fact. It’s part of the agreement we had with them when we signed on for their services.
We love the quote by Bill McCartney, former coach of the University of Colorado. He said,