The ability to make small pivots on your life’s journey is one of the most important contributors to success. Life is always going to throw curveballs at you, and it is how you deal with those bumps in the road that determines where you end up. Ben Fairfield, today’s guest, is not only a masterful coach, interviewer, entrepreneur, question-asking machine, and Managing Director of Coaching as Success ®Magazine, but he is also highly skilled at adapting to whatever comes across his path. Ben has over 8500 hours of one-on-one coaching to date and is passionate about impacting others on their personal development journeys. In this episode, Ben talks about how he came to be in his current position. Despite what many people would have you believe, there is no such thing as an overnight success. This does not mean that you have to suffer and endure endless hardship to ensure success, but growing requires continual work and effort. Ben talks about his passion for servant leadership and the power of letting joy in as you feel it, rather than always postponing it. Our conversation also touches on the value of bringing coaching into business, how to move past your limiting beliefs as a leader, the richness books can bring to your life, and the skills coaches impart to their clients. Ben’s energy is infectious, so be sure to tune in today!
Key Points From This Episode:
– Get to know Ben, the many hats he wears, and his incredible accomplishments.
– How to get on the cover of Success Magazine; things are changing at the publication.
– What Ben’s college minor was and how he has leveraged it since then.
– Life never moves in a straight line, but it’s how you make small adjustments on the journey that determines where you end up.
– The value that coaches bring into your life in terms of helping you see how to course correct.
– What Ben did to gain clarity on his ‘why’ and how he dug into his purpose.
– Why Ben decided to focus on personal development; he was not living in alignment.
– The power of leaning into joy now rather than continually deferring happiness.
– What Ben learned from his father that has informed his business practice.
– Classic mistakes that Ben sees his coaching clients make.
– How entrepreneurs know when the correct time to scale is: it’s context-dependent.
– When entrepreneurs react and come up with quick-fix solutions, solutions are not sustainable.
– Unpacking the differences between management and leadership.
– Ben’s insights into whether leaders should be coaches in their businesses.
– Moving past the limiting belief that you, as a leader, cannot be a coach.
– You make time for things that are important for you; there is no such thing as too little time.
– The differences between consulting, mentoring, and coaching.
– Ben’s book recommendations; there are many!
– What Ben wants his sons to know about personal growth.
“It always takes longer than it seems it’s going to, and it always takes more blood sweat and tears than it seems it’s going to.” — Ben Fairfield [0:06:57]
“I don’t know any successful person who’s accomplished anything worth accomplishing that accomplished it because of one decision or one action or one thing.” — Ben Fairfield [0:11:52]
“The most effective companies in the world are doing leadership through a coaching perspective.” — Ben Fairfield [0:36:57]
“We all have time for what we make time for. We all make time for what’s important.” — Ben Fairfield [0:40:25]
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