I don't think most kids growing up wanting to be a personal development coach. However, I might've been the closest thing possible.
One of my favorite activities as a youngster was playing "organize the desk." I loved nothing more than taking a handful of office supplies and arranging them as optimally as possible. I quickly moved into "consulting" my parents and brothers and classmates about how they could be better organized.
Moving into later elementary school, I appointed myself as my friend's "advisor" on the playground. I've captained every hockey team I've ever played for, coached high school and college hockey, and worked as a tutor. I've always been fascinated by the idea of how to help other people be the best they possibly can. I say this not to pat myself on the back (I'd probably just end up hurting my shoulder -- I'm not very flexible) but to make the point that I like helping other people elevate themselves.
Now, I study Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. There, I've been doing research in several different areas connected to effective coaching. I'm extremely interested in the process of good work and how people can do more of it. I'm also extremely interested in the Quantified Self movement and how it can be used in personal development coaching.
Basically, I think the mindful application of positive psychology in a coaching relationship can be a huge, huge, force for good.
I write about personal development because I'm fascinated by success. I coach because I hate to see people floundering and not knowing where to turn to make things better. I'm earning my PhD because I want to help create the science that exists solely to make life better.