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This is great! I'm a strong believer that if you have a passion you must nurture it and act on it. Good luck!
First, it's great to know that your demeanor and attitude have garnered favorable feedback from those around you. That is a crucial skill that any consultant should possess. However, there is much, much more to consulting than just giving advice and being laid back and nonjudgmental. Consultants wear many hats during the process; you will need to be a subject matter expert, a coach, a cheerleader, a guide, a planner...the list goes on.
If possible, I would recommend that you enroll (or maybe even audit) a course in basic consultation. This will give you some information about the world of consulting, and what the process is like. Keep in mind that, as we continue to move into the 21st century, consulting is a booming business, but still highly competitive. Aggressive marketing and professional networking will be keys to your success.
Give it some thought.