If you’re a coach, chances are you’ve described yourself a grinder at some point in your career. Maybe in an interview, maybe to your family or maybe just in your head, you’ve taken inventory of the hours you put in at work and said, “Yep, I’m a grinder.” And you deserve such a label. Survival in the profession all but demands it.

But that doesn’t necessarily make you a successful coach. In a profession where everyone around you is a grinder, how do you stand out?

That’s the question Brian Kight, a renowned coach of coaches, asks below.

If you had to describe your coaching in three words but “grinder” wasn’t one of them, what would those words be… and how can you develop those traits? That’s what Kight challenges coaches to think about here.

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