For the past 3-4 days, I have been aware the time for another newsletter is approaching and I have been mulling over what to cover this time.  What has finally bubbled to the surface is a rant about the struggle to keep abreast of the choppy waters of the 4th Industrial Revolution, that is, the effect of technology on all aspects of our lives.

Since I qualified as a coach I have been keeping abreast of development in coaching and marketing a service like this in the 21st Century, utilizing digital technology.  The problem I have found, though, is that as soon as you express interest in anybody’s information on the web, or sign up for a webinar on something that looks interesting, you open yourself to a flood of emails, newsletters, facebook messages to mention just a few.  It is very easy to move from “wow that is interesting” to “oh no, not more information”.

When I attend a webinar or read something interesting, I find myself glancing at the ensuing flood of mail for a week or two and then I unsubscribe.  But sometimes, I suffer from what the youngsters refer to as FOMO – fear of missing out.  This occurs when, against my better judgement, I let the flow continue for another couple of weeks. Then one day when I am feeling totally overwhelmed by my inbox, I go down the list unsubscribing left, right and centre.   It is therapeutic, I have to confess, and certainly eases the feeling of overwhelm for a week or two!

At the moment, I find the biggest trap to be the Summits – they look so enticing and interesting when advertised.   I sign up and then during the ensuing week the talks flood in 3-5 per day, 1.5 to 3 hours’ worth of listening, and I find myself asking – who has the time to watch all these?  Sure, you can buy the whole package, but who has the money to buy every interesting summit, and will I watch all the talks again, anyway?  I bought one two years ago, I have lent it to a couple of friends, but I have not yet watched it again myself.

That brings me to the essence of what I am trying to say.  Though I advocate starting again or reinventing yourself in retirement, I am not saying it is a walk in the park.  Sure, some will fall on their feet, perhaps those that have been working in the IT environment, but for other mere mortals like myself, it can be a little overwhelming!  I think what I am expressing is the feeling I have had for a few weeks now, which is, it is difficult to see the gem in the patch of stones unless you have a leader or a guide who will take you straight there.

That is the advantage of taking on a coach or mentor.  A coach is not an advisor and does not have all the answers but will ask the right questions.  A mentor, however, after several years’ experience in the field will be able to give some guidance.  This will create the space to enable you to see your path through the trees more clearly.

Till next time,