I'm always a bit amused when I hear people speak about turning 50 or being in their 50's, and describe themselves as aging, ancient beings on a slippery slope to ill health and the grave. I'm always shocked when I hear the same people lament that life is passing them by and it is too late to do anything different career wise because time is short; and it's not appropriate to dream anymore of what might be possible,

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According to the International Coach Federation (http://www.coachfederation.org/ICF/) April 2008 newsletter, coaching credentials are now in their second decade of existence, due to the foresight of ICF's early pioneers and leaders. In 2005 there were less than 1000 credentialed coaches worldwide and now, in 2008, there are over 3600. This number doesn't include those coaches whose applications are in process; those who are awaiting their exams; those waiting for their results; or those who are currently working through the pre-application processes.

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Although I read daily newspapers, watch the television news, read business journals, subscribe to a number of business related e-newsletters and read a range of educational books to learn from and be aware of things, there is a huge, growing part of me that doesn't want to do this any more. Some days I feel completely overwhelmed with information coming at me and I drown in information overload. I know my head is completely under the water line when I feel my stomach sink in opening up the email box;

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It's probably not the thing to say, but I've never quite understood why businesses and conferences bring in motivational speakers. Their intentions are good, no question – give the troops some inspirational stories about success through perseverance; triumph over adversity; or 100 guaranteed ways to achieve your goals – with the hope that some of the people will hear a gem they feel inspired by or be encouraged enough to do something different in their working or personal worlds.

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