Coach, I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Coach

Posted at November 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Business | 3 Comments

If you’re an Olympic gymnast or a Little League baseball player coaching is as natural as orange slices at soccer practice. It’s clear that to go from being a Lego-crazy 8-year-old boy into one that hit and field, you’re going to need some guidance. On the other end of the spectrum, how are you going to bring home the gold without help? For everything else in the middle should you be on your own? I submit not.


I learned to surf at 39, I took a class from Girl in the Curl to go from landlubber to surfer. I surfed alone and with my beginner friends for about a year until I went to Kelea Surf in Costa Rica. All of the sudden I went from this to this:


small wave surf


big wave surf

Crazy time.  I’ll be honest, I went back home and went back to surfing knee-high and maybe waist-high waves again. Without a coach I went back to my comfort level – which was certainly not having a monster wall of water chasing me! To get back to that level and stay there, I’m going to need help.


To go from one level to the next in any endeavor takes help. I count my coaching among the very best investments I’ve made in my life and my business. Each of my coaches, Marla Tabaka, Susan Baroncini-Moe and Chuck Bowen have been invaluable and I know I would have been stuck settling for underachievement.


Where do you need skills?

Where do you need encouragement?

Where do you want to play with the big boys?

 Ready for bigwaves?  It’s time for business coaching [TWEET THIS]

You’re not supposed to already know this stuff. Go out and get it!


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About Emily Chase Smith

I’m an experienced attorney and entrepreneur. With my background in bankruptcy, I’ve seen the end of the business lifecycle and use that knowledge as a lighthouse to help others avoid the rocks. I counsel with entrepreneurs to provide custom solutions to help you get back in the game. You can contact me at (949) 391-6063, Google+ Twitter

  • Micky Deming

    November 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! Combining financial savvy and surfing… You are speaking our language!
    Micky Deming recently posted…Are You Financially Savvy? You Need 20/20/20 VisionMy Profile

  • Chuck Bowen

    November 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Amen Emily. Seeking out those proverbial “monster waves” to continually conquer is crucial to the motivation and ultimate success of us entrepreneurs. Nice blog!

    And, thanks so much for being such joy to coach. YOU are the real deal!

    ~ Chuck

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