There are some pretty strong opinions here on BiggerPockets about whether or not to follow a coach, whether or not to buy guru products, etc. So, I thought I’d stick my neck way out and bring up some discussion about, “What’s the Difference Between a Coach and a Guru?”

Are they the same?

Does it matter?

Do you want to use either one?

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency, I am a real estate investing coach. Therefore, you may go ahead and assume (and you would be correct) that I believe strongly in the value of coaching. The stronger reason for my belief, however, is not that I am a coach, but that I’ve always used coaching for my business and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. (And where I am in my business is a pretty awesome place to be.)

So, what’s the difference between a coach and a guru? Being my article, naturally these are my definitions/opinions. Please add yours at the bottom of this post!


Online definitions: to give tuition or instruction; to mentor; a person who trains; to give advice; instruct.

A coach is someone who leads and/or guides another. Someone who’s been there before and can help you through the good and the bad. Someone who’s personally aware of you and what you’re doing.

Who needs a coach? Anyone who wants to be better. At anything. This is the point where many say, “Even Tiger Woods has a coach” and, “Michael Jordan always had a coach.” And, “you can read a lot of books about flying a plane, but you probably want a coach with you the first time you go up.”

If you want to be better, you need outside instruction – another point of view – someone looking at what you’re doing from a different perspective, preferably …read more