Why America Has More Life Coaches Than Other Countries

Why America Has More Life Coaches Than Other Countries

Imagine the Treblemakers from Pitch Perfect singing this
"Let's talk about ... life (Alright)"

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The United States of America has many things to boast of,

like the many inventors who brought flight, the library, and McDonald's to us and other countries open to such marvelous things. The United States of America also has enchanting urban and rural landscapes that travelers can "oooh" and "aaah" over, even in the same state (I'm thinking California, Texas, and New York, but there are more).

But the main thing the United States of America can boast of is the startling fact that we have the most life coaches out of all of the countries in the world.

But first, what is a life coach?

A life coach helps clients focus on a particular aspect of life (health, fitness, personal goals, business goals, relationships) and improves it by offering them accountability. This accountability ranges from phone call check-ins to at-home visits. A life coach goes by many different names. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics counts these life coaches under the titles rehabilitation counselor, educational, guidance, and school counselors, and personal care and service workers. The International Coach Federation (the ICF) is the world's largest organization that trains coaches. The ICF says that the annual salary for a coach ranges from $27,100 to $73.100. Some specialty coaches (like this British dude who used to live in a squat but is now super rich) make way more than that a year. The history of life coaching is credited to Thomas Leonard, an American financial planner. Now, in 2019, life coaching (or accountability coaching) is a new and fast-growing job in our nation.
"It is estimated by The International Coach Federation that there are currently 53,300 coaches, up from 47,500 part-time and full-time coaches worldwide in 2011. About 92% of these are active. Of these, 33% operate in the United States - a total of 17,500 coaches. One would think that the U.S. market is saturated, but demand appears to still be growing.
- John LaRusa on the Market Research Blog (Feb. 2018)

Now, on to my opinion about this all. Why does America have so many life coaches? And why do we want more?

The first answer is usually the simplest solution.

We have a lot of life coaches because people don't know how to hold themselves accountable. You see, life coaches don't tell you (like a magic eight ball might) what is good or bad for you to do with your life choices.

Life coaches keep YOUR goals and YOUR ideas accountable while identifying your weaknesses that could hinder you from achieving your goals. Having a desire for accountability in America means one thing - that we have lost the ability to hold ourselves accountable.

That means we have lost the character and willpower it takes for ourselves to be accountable on our own. I find it a little problematic so many people in the U.S. desire this job.

The second answer to "Why does America have so many life coaches?" is because people want life coaches.

People want to have someone to hold them accountable, so there will be a demand for this job as long as the people want it. Supplying a demand the American populace has isn't a problem, it's just smart business.

The third answer to this question is really simple.

Since America is where this profession was born, I think it's only natural that only 30 or so years after it began that our country has the most life coaches in the world.

In general, I think Americans have developed a growing need to hear as many professional opinions as possible.

In this way, it is wise to seek wisdom from older and more experienced people about huge life decisions or business plans (Proverbs 15:22).

I find it a little problematic (only a little) that we can't seem to quiet ourselves down and conduct our own research into bettering our lives and implementing the changes necessary to accomplish our realistic goals.

Maybe that's the real kicker. We don't know how to set realistic and attainable goals to get to our dream job, financial plan, relationship happiness level, weight, etc.

A lot of us are procrastinators who don't know how to meet a deadline that hasn't been set. For example, I want to be a better cook, but with no one (including me) making sure I become a better cook, I haven't practiced at becoming a better cook yet.

Well, at any rate, I wrote this article so you could learn about this profession more, think a little critically about it with me, and develop your own opinion about why the U.S. has so many life coaches.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

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If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Passion is extremely important to a person's success. I think success is when a person is happy and content with their life and they have the career they have dreamed of and they make the right amount of money to live the way they want. I also think it is that a person meeting their goals and taking advantage of opportunities in their lives to better themselves is important to become successful. Success for an individual is usually based on their goals in life and the passions they have for certain subjects and career choices.

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Passion is important for every human to find, but do not rush your life or career, because people will find their passion at all different ages and periods in their lives. Young adults should enjoy their lives and have fun with their peers as they find their passion and set their goals to become the best they can be in their career. I have seen people of all ages in my college classes; Kids from high school, young adults, and even adults in their thirties to sixties. This proves people can change their current situation any time they want and find their passion at any age. People need to get more confidence in themselves and put their best effort into every aspect of their lives, so they can be happy and successful. Life is all about what a persons makes it because they are in control of their destiny, but they must find their passion and capitalize on their opportunities.

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