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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to be coachable. Yesterday, millions of football fans watched on the edge of their seats as the New England Patriots went head-to-head against the Atlanta Falcons for Super Bowl 51. Reaching the championship is a goal most football players only dream about achieving. So, what made these two teams so successful? A brilliant cocktail of hunger to win, top-of-the-line coaching, and talented players who were coachable. In order to be a successful athlete, you need to be coachable. You could be the best at what you do, but you need to realize that you can always be better. And allowing others to give you advice, insight, and feedback you might not like is an important part of your growth. Whether you’re in the office or on the playing field, being coachable is an important trait. You don’t have to be on the football field in order to be coached. In fact, you probably get coached every single day at work by your boss, colleagues, mentors, and even customers. Even if you’re great at your job, there will be times when you make mistakes or could have done something better. But if you don’t realize what you’ve done or how you could’ve done it differently, you’re not going to learn. That’s why it’s important to embrace what others are trying to teach you.

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I've been a professional career coach since 2002. Over the last 10+ years, I have learned a lot about the industry and what it takes to be an effective career coach. [Click here to learn more about becoming a career coach.] Back when I became a coach, the concept wasn't as widely accepted as it is today. In fact, my clients were afraid to admit they were working with a career coach because they felt like it indicated there was something wrong with them. Today, we now understand career coaching isn't a sign of weakness, but a path to greatness. It's why all the top pro athletes and business executives use them. If you want to optimize your performance and achieve new levels of success and satisfaction in your career, it's more than likely you'll work with a coach at some point. Why? If you could do it on your own, you would have by now.

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If you are seeking an extra edge in your career, one option worth considering is executive career coaching. This is for people who feel they need help in one or more areas of their career. Related: 3 Things Bad Career Coaches Don’t Want You To Know Let’s look at some of the reasons you might want to consult with an executive career coach and what you can expect from it.

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