Q&A Monday: Am I too young to be a life coach?

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This week’s Q&A Monday comes from long time reader, Liz Fox. Liz emailed me not too long ago telling me how she was in the midst of her QLC and took a test to help her figure out what she wanted to do. To her surprise, “life coach” and “career counselor” made the Top 10. Now, Liz is 24 so she questioned whether or not she’s too young to be a life coach, whether she needs more life experience and whether or not someone so young can advise people on how to live their lives.

First off, I’m 24 too :) (Year of the dragon FTW!)

Second, I firmly believe that you’re never too old or too young to start doing what you love. Marie Forleo actually covers this topic perfectly in one of her videos and I highly suggest checking it out.

As for me, I got lucky that I discovered my passion for personal development very early on life. So why not go all the way starting now?

Third, some people would think that you would need more life experience in order to be a coach. Take it from someone who does job interviews on a daily basis, I interview tons of people in their 30s and 40s who are just as lost and confused as us millenials. The issue of self-awareness, consciousness and maturity – or lack there of -are issues that plague some people throughout their entire lives and certainly aren’t mutually exclusive to age

And finally, contrary to popular belief, life coaches don’t tell people what to do. We’re merely instruments that help people figure stuff out for themselves through various methods and techniques. At the end of the day, you’re more likely to follow something YOU came up with than something someone told you to do.

So here’s my advice to all you Liz’s out there. Don’t waste another second worrying about age. Go out there and starting working toward your big goals NOW! Otherwise you’ll shoot yourself in the foot 10 years from now.





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4 Responses to Q&A Monday: Am I too young to be a life coach?

  1. tatiana September 10, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    This reminds me of the time I told a friend I wanted to be a therapist/counselor and she asked me how I would be able to help people if I’ve never experienced x, y or z. And I told her that being a counselor isn’t about your life experiences, it’s about helping people navigate through their own emotional and mental terrains and helping them heal and come out whole on the other side (well, not in those words but the general gist is that I don’t need to have had a traumatic childhood to help people through theirs).

    Also, unless you’re just going to start calling yourself a life coach, you get training, so you learn how to reach out to others and help them. So it’s not just some random THING.

  2. Online Life Coaching Training April 30, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    In my opinion, age never matters. It depends on the ability and interest of the person that do he really wants to life coach people. He needs to ask from himself that whether he will be able to push people in the right direction or not.

  3. Sush August 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    This is a very encouraging blog post! I’m 32 and I face this problem a lot especially when I’m networking with older people. I started about 7 years ago with a pretty good practice. I say that even though you will ocassionaly come across naysayers, don’t let that stop you! There’s nothing more important than doing what you love!

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