Jim Ryan’s career has evolved as his life has evolved. He started out as a foreign language teacher and guidance counselor in Bethpage, NY. After spending 14 years in education, he went on to become a financial planner. His experience in both the educational and business worlds have him firmly grounded in the real world. Jim is married and the father of three grown children.
In the year 2000, Jim decided to give back to his community by volunteering in his local prison system, teaching a course in personal development. The first thing every Monday morning, Jim brings his positive, yet realistic message to a group of men and a group of women at the DWI Alternative Facility on Long Island. He has hardly missed a Monday since he started. The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response of the inmates spurred him to bring his message to the public.
Jim has spoken all over the USA inspiring tens of thousands to live to their potential. His greatest pleasure is opening up listeners’ minds to the possibilities that exist for living happy, more joyful lives. Jim is just as comfortable speaking to an audience of 1,000 as he is facilitating an intimate offsite executive retreat.
Jim is the author of Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up which has met with rave reviews. Thousands on Jim’s email list wait anxiously every Wednesday morning for his uplifting and sometimes challenging “”Aha Moments””.