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By: Stewart Fleming •  4 years ago •  

In 1994 Carl Sagan pointed out,

The Earth is the only home we are ever likely to know… On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.

The Seekers tell a similar story closer to home.

We are one, but we are many and from all the lands on earth we come. We share a dream and sing with one voice…

 (I bet you couldn’t stop from singing the next few words in your head)

When we consider our shared global history, biology, future (we are all going to die) and needs, we are more than 90% identical to anything outside of our own culture. It is only because we have trained ourselves to see the differences that they are so conspicuous to us. This differential vision is an evolutionary necessity as the population grows with our need to be unique. Our race, colour, even religion is low-hanging fruit and provide an easy solution to the problem of uniqueness.

Of course, our differences are what makes us individuals in the forest. We all crave to be special and unique but the reality is that we are more forest than tree, more beach than grain of sand, more avalanche than unique snowflake. Ok, I may be getting “metaphor crazy” but you get the picture. If we consider ourselves as but one grain on an endless beach, then we can abandon, at least in part, our ego and accept the other grains around us. This doesn’t make us any less special. If we understand and accept this concept, it means that we can celebrate the differences in those around us and still accept that we are one family, one species, one beach comprised of 7.4 billion grains of incredible sand.

As coaches, we have a unique ability to shape those around us. We have the honour and the duty to serve our fellow humans because we know, better than them, who they can become. One group who put this into action are the folks at Footys4All. Led by the amazing Michael Gallus, this organisation has been making a huge, positive impact on children in need for over 4 years. Coaching Life is proud to be supporting this amazing work and we hope to help more in the future.

In this, our fourth edition, we explore how coaching is crossing cultural boundaries and celebrate the wonderful path that coaching can lead around the world. From behind the Iron Curtain to the tennis courts of China and beyond. There is not a corner of the world where coaching is not gaining ground and helping people be their best version of themselves.

Coaching Life will continue to support you and these other amazing coaches in any way we can.

From one unique grain of sand to another, Happy Coaching!

STEWART FLEMING

COACHINGLIFE is the vision of our founder, Stewart Fleming. With over 20 businesses to his name, he has created ventures around the world in many industries.

Now as the creator of COACHINGLIFE, Stewart brings his skills and vision to build the best community of coaches the world has ever seen.

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