‘Real Life’ Qualified
How do you define someone is qualified?
The accepted norm is likely to be that they hold an academic qualification from exposure to classroom learning of some sorts. In exchange for many months or years of study, they are given a document that basically says they are now ‘this’ or ‘that’.
Apparently, they are now qualified because they hold a qualification. Question is, which way round is it?
Meaning, are they qualified because they have a qualification? Or, do they hold that qualification because they are qualified?
Which way around, is it?! Which is more important?
Isn’t it the same thing you ask? No. Does it matter? You bet it matters!
Qualification and qualified are similar but have different meanings … qualified is much more interesting because it broadens and deepens the understanding. Qualified also places the essence of what it is trying to communicate, back in to its correct meaning.
Let me explain …
Can someone be ‘qualified’ to carry out certain acts without having a certified academic qualification as such?
A President or Prime Minister of a Country, have an academic qualification to be such a person?!
What about Politicians in general, to run the Country they represent do they have a specific qualification to do such a significant job?
Royalty? Do people of regality have academic qualifications to rule?
Surprisingly ‘NO‘ they do not.
These individuals pretty much run and rule the whole world yet none of them require having a specific academically achieved qualification – to do so. Of course they will all have the traditional school and maybe further education and maybe ‘other’ qualifications but – the ‘very specific‘ academic qualification to be a President or a Politician is simply and shockingly not required!
Basically to run a Country you don’t need to have ANY academic qualification specifically to do so – however – if you want to be an electrician, a hairdresser, a plumber, a chef or a dentist then you do!
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad people who manage electrical works and teeth are properly and thoroughly trained! I’m just pointing out that some people, in some jobs can carry out their duties competently without having a qualification, as such, to do so, and that the public are seemingly okay with this.
The Life Coaching profession is currently an unregulated industry in the UK. That is likely to change in the future but right now it is this way.
That means that in order to practice as a Life Coach, no regulations are currently in place that dictate that you need to have an academic qualification to do so. Fortunately however, there are some valuable web sites that filter out credible Coaches from ‘other’ Coaches, such as The Official Coach Review Site.
This is a very useful reference for checking that your Coach is qualified to help you. As mentioned though ‘anyone‘ can inherently claim to be a Life Coach and practice as that Life Coach.
Is that a good or a bad thing?
All depends on your perspective and interpretation.
To some, not having such an academic qualification is a serious no no. They judge that you would not be useful to them, rather you would potentially be a liability since you don’t have the ‘ competency’ required. This does ‘pre-suppose’ that you don’t have the skill set and thus competency, of course if for whatever reason you were able to deliver – would these same individuals still turn away!?
Others judge by other factors including level of experience, testimonials, general liking, authoritative presence etc… One other area some individuals judge and filter by, is the ability of the Coach to actually produce results. For example, if you were going to chose a Life Coach to mentor you, how would you choose if you were presented with the options of :
A Coach with an impressive list of Coaching qualifications BUT is youngish with little or no real experience in the real world?
A Coach with qualifications and some experience BUT does not seem to be able to have mastered his or her own Life?
A Coach with no paper qualifications in the industry as such, BUT has a vast ‘Real Life’ experience base, has mastered their own Life and can prove it and ONLY charges if they Successfully produces the result you hire them for?
Which one would you choose?
No Qualification By Choice
I believe that being ‘qualified’ is totally different to having a qualification. I believe that you can be qualified to do something – even if – you don’t have a piece of paper that says you ‘can’.
I don’t accept, as an example, that I must have an academic qualification as a Life coach – in order to be a Life Coach. For me, Life is not something you can learn in a dissociated environment, void from texture and taste, as that 1 dimensional approach is way too limited.
REAL Life is something that you cannot write down or be taught and, can only be ‘experienced‘ in the physical world in real time.
When I began Life Coaching in 2001 it was minor and quite honestly, I had no plans for a future, I just took it as it came. Fortunately for me my business grew slowly but steadily over the years. By the time I could have decided to go ( backwards! ) and ‘get a qualification’, I deemed it unnecessary as ALL my clients had came from word of mouth, so my reasoning was that they were recommended by someone I had Coached and who was clearly very happy and content with my service.
So what need would I have with a piece of paper!?
*Therefore by choice, I do not hold an academic Life Coaching qualification.
My reasoning is this …
Can I really be taught about REAL Life sitting in a classroom on my bum with a pen in 1 hand and paper in front of me and I am to listen to someone else tell me about Life – and – how to deal with people, problems etc… while I write down answers!? Just so I can get a piece of other paper, that says “I AM” a Life Coach, NOW!?
For me that is a definite NO NO.
This is not me just trying to be different – for different sake. Neither is this some sort of rebellion. This is purely my personal feelings on the subject.
Out of genuine respect to my colleagues in the Life Coaching profession, I am talking here about my own belief, not about them or what is right or wrong. I make no judgment against anyone else. I am simply – because I have the moral and legal right to – expressing my own feelings. I wish not to offend anyone or create any conflict.
Long ago when I was a Personal Fitness Trainer, the industry was also unregulated and only became regulated after many years. Back then part of my ethos was to only charge my clients IF I Successfully produced the result, out of the thousands of people I Coached back then – do you know how many ever asked me what qualification I had?
In 11 years Only 2. No lie.
People were interested only in the achievement of the result they wanted. This taught me an incredible amount about human psychology and went on to become the foundation of my Life Coaching ethos of – offering a guarantee that I only get the payment IF I Successfully produce the result.
Another reason why I chose to not ( go backwards ) and get an academic qualification was simply it was not necessary. Infact, I truly believe not obtaining one has genuinely allowed me to mature in to a more effective and competent Life Coach, then I would have otherwise been had I been limited / capped to the knowledge acquired by class room setting before I went out in to the real world.
Having restrictions and imposed beliefs about right and wrong would have held me back no doubt about it … Sometimes ‘not’ knowing something ( not having a limiting belief ) can be advantageous!
Fast forward 18 years and I can tell you unequivocally that without a piece of paper telling me I can do something I already know I could – I have been able to produce a very Successful and productive business.
Qualified is definitely different to a qualification. I truly believe this.
It is not uncommon for some people to have a qualification in a particular field yet they are totally incompetent in their role, as you may have experienced yourself at some point!
I know plenty of people who have a truly impressive array of qualifications as such yet, they have little or no business. For me this is testament that qualified is superior to having a qualification in Life Coaching.
My ‘whole Life‘ is testament, to my claim to being qualified. Read more …
I have addressed the issue of qualifications here because, other than the fact that everyone can read this and then make their own free will decision about me, I personally believe that in the context of Life Coaching people are only interested in ‘1’ primary thing – the RESULT.
Not just the promise or hope or guarantee or testimonial or the ‘qualification’ for that matter.
They seek change in the circumstance they are in. Delivering that change is all people primarily care about from my own experience.
My point is – if I had 3 PhD’s as a Life Coach but still could NOT help anyone – what value would those 3 PhD’s have!!
To a Better Quality of Life
* For the sake of avoidance, I do hold full and extensive Worldwide Professional and Public Liability Indemnity insurance.