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Do I really need a new pair of glasses?

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

I was listening to a podcast the other day and this woman was telling the story of how she and her son were driving together when she had to slam on the breaks. Her son was mad at her because by slamming on the breaks, he spilled his soda. She explained to him that because she slammed on the breaks, she probably saved his life. She could buy him another soda. The point of the story is that we all see events from our own perspective. In our case, coaches see life events from their perspective and our students see the same event from their perspective.

I think perspective is determined by experience. Of course the older you are, the more experience you have and you are able to see both sides of the coin, so to speak. We can’t forget, however, that our students have had some experiences as well which will determine their way of interpreting things. And more than likely, their experiences are very different from ours. The key for us it to understand their life experiences. This can help the coach appreciate the students perspective.

Once again, it all comes down to communication. Just like the podcast mom had a conversation with her son to explain the bigger picture, so do we as coaches, teachers and parents have to have good communication with the young people in our lives. This helps them learn from our perspective and maybe we can learn from theirs as well.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about Career coaching or would like to share your story, comment below to this blog and let me know your story.

Until next time… maybe a couple pairs of glasses is a good thing!

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