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Marshall Goldsmith Aspiring Coaches Program

Posted by Jon Peters on Aug 29, 2017 10:11:12 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith recently to create a number of new microlearning lessons on coaching for our AthenaOnline customers. While Marshall was in the studio with us we filmed a short video about his new 100 Aspiring Coaches program.

It was inspiring to hear how Dr. Goldsmith is paying it forward by teaching others what he has learned with the creation of the 100 Coaches program. His new 100 Aspiring Coaches Program looks to take that model even further. I have included the video here:

As Marshall talked about his heroes and his plans with his coaching program it got me to thinking about my heroes and wondering how many people ‘pay it forward.’

I have lots of heroes. They have not always interacted with me on a personal level, but I have studied them and admired their talents or skills and made some attempt to emulate them, not always so successfully. Marshall is certainly one of my heroes. He and I have been friends for many years now, and his counsel has changed my life over those years.

I have not been as close to some of my other heroes like Steve Jobs, Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Lucas. Why these three? They are certainly not perfect. In fact, none of them could really be called ‘people’ people. As an entrepreneur, however, I always appreciated their creativity, passion, tenacity and stamina. They took on huge challenges and through creativity and absolute determination overcame them.

I have tried to model some of these behaviors as best I can, though admittedly far less successfully than these gentlemen did. I have also tried to ‘pay it forward’ by speaking to children at local schools and film making events about my work in animation

Who are some of your heroes? What is it that you admire about them? How are you taking what you have learned from them and passing it on to others?

Full disclosure - Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a stockholder and board member of

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