Over the next few months, we’ll be showcasing entrepreneurs that are doing some pretty awesome things on the Internet and in their local communities. This interview is a part of that series.
An Interview with Angela Croft
1. Tell us a little about yourself, your company and your passion.
I’ve always felt a calling and passion to work with people and support them to be their best selves. For the first ten years of my career, I practiced psychotherapy and worked individually with adults, families, and kids… and also with groups. I love seeing people have those light bulb moments that start them on a path in which life has become a little easier and there is more room for joy and the expression of their full potential. I believe the world is a better place when people are connected to their passion, joy, purpose, and potential and this led me to make the transition to become a career and life coach. I LOVE the challenge, reward, and fun of running my own business…and the creative freedom and expression this allows me.
My clients are creative, motivated, insightful people who are on the verge of making a quantum leap in their career and life that will allow them to express more of who they are and provide them with greater freedom, fulfillment and happiness. I help them connect with their passion, purpose and potential and release the thought, energy and belief patterns that are holding them back. I guide and inspire my clients to access their own internal resources and I provide them with transformative tools and techniques for keeping themselves un-stuck and moving in the direction of their dreams. There is an art and science to creating a life that brings you joy and fulfillment and reflects who you really are…and it takes a good deal of courage, faith and perseverance to make the dream a reality. I love living this path for myself and supporting others to do the same.
2. What is your start-up story?
While I was working as a family therapist at a children’s mental health center just outside Toronto, I kept having the recurring desire to travel extensively. I was also becoming more and more drawn to the world of coaching. I had travel pictures and inspirational material tacked up on the board above my desk…and I also had a clear view of a landing path to Toronto Pearson airport—so I had lots of good material to keep my dream well fed! My husband is a professional guitarist and about a year or so after I started feeding my dream he got an offer to go on tour with the National Broadway tour of “Mamma Mia”. I quit my job, and we packed up our life and hit the road for over three years.
We were in a new city almost every week and we saw all but a handful of the States and Canadian provinces in the process. It was an amazing journey and I completed my coach training on the road. Because of the type of travel visa I was granted, I wasn’t allowed to earn an income while stateside, so I began building my practice on a pro-bono basis while doing other business-building work like designing my website, generating creative content, and learning about marketing. I also spent a lot of time clarifying my vision and honing my sense of purpose- all of which prepared me well to launch the income-generating business that I now run from our home base in Toronto.
3. What motivates you to get up and do what you do every single day?
A sense of infinite possibility and a sheer love of what I do. So many of us are just beginning to scratch the surface of how unbelievably capable we are of creating and living our dreams, and I thrive on being a part of that field of possibility in my work and with my clients.
4. What is your definition of success?
Creating a life that is true to who you are, and allows you to express your full creative, passionate, purposeful potential.
5. Who has been your biggest influencer?
A vast array of brilliant, creative, courageous entrepreneurs (like you, Erin!) and spiritual teachers come to mind. Lately, David Neagle and Suzanne Evans (of helpmorepeople.com) have been hugely influential in expanding my concepts of what’s possible in business and in life.
6. What has been your greatest business achievement to date?
Developing and launching a business while living a transient existence on the road. It was a huge challenge to keep a focused momentum going while transitioning to a new environment every week and figuring out the basic necessities of life like where we were going to eat and find food… and sometimes dealing with less-than-lovely hotels!
7. What are you working on right now that the world should know about?
Currently I am working one-to-one with people and helping them to catalyze quantum leaps in their work and personal lives. I use powerful transformative tools and exercises in addition to the strategic clarity and accountability that coaching provides, to help them make the change they desire with much greater success, ease, and enjoyment than going it alone.
I’m also working on developing a group format as well as at-home study modules that will accentuate the work and provide additional access to the benefits of coaching, learning, and transformation. So, for anyone who wants the heads-up on when this is available, scoot over to my website and sign up for the newsletter and I’ll be sure to let you know when this is launched!
8. If people want to find you, where is the best place for them to do so?
You can reach me at www.angelacroft.com or at 647-346-0085.
I’m on Facebook under “Angela Croft Coach Consultant Catalyst” as well as on Linkedin.