Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

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LAST weekend I was invited on to a local radio station again to talk about my work, and to respond to any listeners' points of view on any topics of the day, including questions relating to coaching, personal development, health or management training. One of the subjects I am used to being challenged on is that relating to finance and what us coaches charge our clients. Last weekend was no exception. The thing is, I'm not driven by money but I do want to have financial security.

In fact I would love to have financial freedom, which means something completely different to me. Having spent too many years working in jobs that didn't stimulate me one iota, I finally plucked up the courage to re-train in something I was passionate about: Personal development.

To enable me to do this, I took a decision to cash in my endowment policies to help pay my course fees and training, and to have a bit of money put aside so I could be financially independent until I started working with clients.

I welcome anyone who has their own opinions and views.

However, I respect people more who can talk from firsthand experience about coaching or personal development, rather than judging a profession or experience without having a full knowledge or understanding of it.

The only way I choose to measure my success in my business is to measure the success of the clients I work with.

Money is often an issue for people, and this got me thinking about our priorities in life, and what perhaps we make more important than our health, happiness and wellbeing.

I imagine many of you reading this own your homes and would not have imagined it possible they would be worth as much as they are today, when you look back at what you paid for them years ago.

I was talking with a lady in London a few weeks ago, who owns her home with her husband. …

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