Barbie took the box office by storm in July, breaking 16 records in the first four weekends. I went to see the Barbie movie with friends expecting to laugh but got so much more. 
Who’d have thought? Barbie, the plastic princess of many childhoods, might be the inspiration you didn’t know you needed in your coaching business. Dive into her cinematic world, and you’ll discover some surprisingly deep lessons.
Pull up a chair, grab a Malibu sunrise (or just a coffee), and let’s unravel these pearls of wisdom.

A Legacy Beyond the Physical

“Humans only have one ending. Ideas live forever.”
The Scoop: Sure, you and I can’t stay in a permanent state of youth like Barbie, but the ideas, methods, and transformations you bring into the world? Timeless (and unique). Your positive impact on clients will outlive any immediate challenges or setbacks.
Lesson: Focus on creating a unique coaching methodology or philosophy. It’ll not only distinguish you in the market but will also ensure your legacy in the industry.

Seize the Day, Every Day

“It is the best day ever. So was yesterday, and so is tomorrow, and every day from now until forever.” – Barbie
The Scoop: Remember those roller-skating Barbie adventures? Life’s a lot like that – a mix of smooth glides and occasional tumbles. But hey, every day’s a new ride.
Lesson: Maintaining a positive outlook is paramount. Start (or end) each day with a gratitude exercise, listing out three things you’re thankful for. This simple routine can set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
If you need an affirmation, maybe throw in a, “It’s a Barbie world, and I’m just coaching in it!”

Embrace the ‘Mush’

“You’re gonna start getting sad and mushy and complicated.” – Weird Barbie 
The Scoop: Isn’t this just the most honest take on adulting? As you navigate the business, things might get a tad mushy. But here’s the twist – the ‘mush’ brings depth and character.
Lesson: When things get complicated, remind yourself that even Barbie had to deal with unruly hair days. It’s all part of the game.
Tip: Keep a reflection journal if you want to take it another step. Documenting challenges and your feelings towards them can offer clarity and pave the way for solutions.

Real Beauty Lies Within

“You’re beautiful, I know.”
The Scoop: In a world obsessed with filters, be the coach who sees and appreciates the raw, real beauty in others (wrinkles, quirks, and all).
Lesson: Show up authentically, and encourage your clients to do the same. Real beats plastic any day!

Change – The Only Constant

“That’s life. It’s all change.”
The Scoop: From Malibu beach house shifts to navigating life’s personal and business sides, change is inevitable. Embrace it, roll with it, and remember: Barbie has had over 150 careers. If she can adapt, so can you.
Lesson: Change, whether in personal life or business, is constant. Embracing it can lead to growth and new opportunities. When you feel overwhelmed by change, take a ‘Barbie break.’ Reflect, reassess (call a friend for a pep talk), and then dive back in with renewed vigor.
Tip: Regularly review your coaching framework/process. Incorporating new ideas will help you to stay relevant in the ever-evolving industry.

Crushing Stereotypes

“It’s literally impossible to be a woman.”
The Scoop: The challenges tied to societal norms or expectations can be daunting. But hey, if Barbie can lead a space mission and still rock the evening gown, you’ve got this.
Lesson: Whenever you hit a wall, think of it as a ‘glass ceiling moment.’ Time to grab that metaphorical hammer and shatter it!

Quick Application Guide for Coaches in the Barbie Universe:


  • Stay Curious: The world’s evolving. Be the curious Barbie, always ready to learn and adapt.
  • Genuine Connections: Remember Barbie and Ken? Strive for that level of connection (minus the plastic smiles) with your clients.
  • Networking, Barbie-style: Connect with others in your industry as well as outside of it. It’s easy to do in an online world. A ‘Barbie convention’ of shared experiences can only lead to growth and fabulous collaborations.


Wrapping Up With a Bow (Or a Pink Convertible):

Who knew that beneath that plastic exterior lay a goldmine of business wisdom?
Building a successful coaching business, like life, is a blend of joys, challenges, simplicity, and complexities. Drawing inspiration from Barbie’s universe, you can navigate this journey with a healthy mix of hope, realism, and adaptability. Remember, every day holds potential; embrace it with positivity, acknowledge the inevitable ‘mush’, and move forward with resilience and determination.

So, buckle up, and let’s hit the road, Barbie style!

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