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Inspirational Interview: Diane MacDowall

Inspirational Interview: Diane MacDowall Name:- Diane MacDowall
Job title:- Speaker, Coach, Relationship Coach, Workshop Leader

Your role:- I help people step through their fears, embrace their confidence and purpose, learn to love who they are, and enjoy a fulfilling relationship.

Hobby:- Playing the piano, painting, reading, walking.

1. What would you tell your 16 year old self?
Probably to calm down. I'm not sure why, but I had no fear when I was in my teens. I was raised to believe that life is an adventure and that anything I set my mind to is achievable. So I had a fantastic adventure, but I did take risks then that I wouldn't take now. The type of risk I take now is far different, and more about stepping out of my comfort zone and expanding my learning and growth. Back then I was just fearless... I didn't do anything bad or reckless, I just didn't consider any possible danger. Now I know better.

2. What was your first Job?
My first role was a live-in hotel receptionist at the Hotel Russell, London. I loved the buzz of meeting new people, the thrill of living in London as a 17 year old, and co-ordinating the reception desk. I met some interesting people, including the Two Ronnies, Ernie Wise, and one man who kept buying all the staff copious amounts of Pepsi and was then arrested for using a fraudulent credit card!

3. What Woman/Women have inspired you?
My Mum has always inspired me greatly. She raised 5 children and travelled the world with my Dad. She became a full-time carer to two 20 years ago, and overcame cancer twice during that time. She achieved her life-long dream of having her first book published at the age of 75. She went on to have another 2 published and is now writing her 4th book entitled ‘Now that I'm 80'.
Susan Jeffers, author of ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway®' - I was so inspired by her work that I went on to become her first tutor worldwide.

4. What one change do you believe would make the biggest difference to the life of women?
For women to realise that when a woman loves and embraces the best of who she is, she has the power to bring out the very best in everyone around her. I don't think many women have an inkling of just how incredible they are. A woman on purpose, and in love with life, can change a nation.

5. Who would be your ideal dinner guests?
Audrey Hepburn - a kind, soft, gentle and giving lady.
Susan Jeffers - author . I have been lucky enough to share dinner with Susan and her husband, and it was an incredible 4 hours.
David Attenborough - he's been everywhere, seen everything!
Howard Carter - I would love to chat with him about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.
Chopin - a quiet man, but a genius.
Susan Cain - a woman who is teaching the world that introversion is ok.
Brene Brown - who teaches about how vulnerability can come from one of two places - shame or courage.
I could talk to them all for hours!

6. What is the best advice you have been given?
That what others think of me is none of my business; I really, truly understand why this concept is so necessary to a happy life. It allows us to relax and accept others as they are without taking our differences personally. That to never make mistakes means we're failing by default, because we're only taking risks within our comfort zone.

7. Favourite holiday spot?
Well, having just returned to Inverness after 5 years away, I have to say that this is without doubt my favourite place on earth. So I still feel like I am on holiday here.

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