Friday Interview: Danielle Worster

Danielle Worster trained as a Solution-focused Coach with Erickson College in Vancouver, BC in 2014. She is an ICF member and is currently working towards professional accreditation (ACC). Her business is called Active Ingredient Coaching. Danielle has a background in library and information science (MLIS), psychology (BA), public health, and evidence-based medicine. Writing, editing and research expertise. She has worked in private sector, publishing, research and non-profit organisations in the United Kingdom and in Canada.

Danielle, what is it that you do?
I am a life coach who has created a small, location-independent coaching business providing coaching over skype or telephone. I coach nomads and entrepreneurs with big, scary dreams.

Why did you decide to make a career change?
I had outgrown my job as a librarian – there was too much screen time and not enough people time. It was also something that I ‘could’ do, not something I loved to do. When I started to think of the legacy I wanted to leave, I realised something was missing. I want to create a world where people follow their hearts and do what gives them joy. That’s why I am a coach.

Have you found there to be any work culture differences between Canada and the UK?
Yes. I have found that some offices are more rigid and hierarchical in the UK. However, there is an after work drinking tradition in London that does not exist to the same extent in Canada where people are more car-dependent!

Is there any advice you would like to give entrepreneurs who are trying to set up in a whole new country?
Talk to everyone you meet about what they do and describe what you do. Either you can help them, they can help you, or both! Nobody has to do this alone.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
I start the day with a clearing exercise to get rid of any self-limiting beliefs in my space. Then I check emails, do admin, speak to a client over Skype, perhaps write a blog post, have lunch, get out and do something active (go for a walk or a swim), and as Canada wakes up I’ll speak to a client there. I speak to my own coach once a week as well – coaches need coaches as they empower everything I do. No two days are alike which is the best thing about being an entrepreneur!

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