Howdy!! I have been a coach for a long time. During this time I have always benefitted from working near and with other coaches. Once I left the collegiate coaching world I lost the coaching community that was built-in. Since that time I have worked in clubs and on my own, but never with coaches that were about connecting, communicating and growing themselves and others, in the same way. When you are able to work with other people who are doing what you do, sometimes better than you do, differently and in some ways the same, you are able to get what you give to your clients/students/athletes: Coaching.
This holds true for any profession you are in. If you are a yoga instructor it is important for you to be with other yoga instructors, be instructed and talk about yoga with people who know it. If you are a photographer, writer, singer, dancer, designer, executive assistant, manager, or you are doing anything that is done by someone else… you would probably benefit from knowing others in your field. We are so much stronger when we work as a team, when we share what we know. There is something about hearing how someone else approaches a situation that you too will be, have been, or are presently faced with. You learn that perspective is everything. You learn that there are other ways to do what you do as well or better. You learn about yourself.
In order to improve, in order to elevate yourself you need to be pushed forward, or pulled ahead as it sometimes turns out. Being around others that are 'on your level' aid in this process. You can always tell when you have met your equals because the feeling is mutual. There is an openness that occurs without force. You just know that you are peers. It feels great, you relate, you share and, well, growth begins.
Get out there, get going, meet your people and start growing!!!