Jim McCarthy is recognized for his unique perspective — as a Stanford MBA, internet pioneer, and person living with a cancer diagnosis. He teaches people how to create their happiness by blending mindfulness techniques and timeless wisdom with simple, science-based practices. His thought-provoking TEDx Talk was entitled “What Cancer Taught Me About Happiness.” He is the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book, Live Each Day: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Happiness.
He has presented his innovative and highly acclaimed Happiness Keynote and Happiness Master Class to organizations of all sizes across the U.S. and internationally. Clients include Amazon, YPO / WPO, CBRE, Pocket, Omidyar Network, Maven Ventures, Patreon, UC San Diego, Menlo Ventures, Kiva, HelmsBriscoe, SY|Partners, Maven Ventures, Pley, Elementum, Lifestreet, True Ventures, Fluxx Labs, and the alumni associations from Stanford, Harvard, and Northwestern.
What qualifies him to do this?
Jim has worked as an English teacher in Frankfurt, a business journalist in Madrid, a phone salesman in the Bay Area, and a McKinsey consultant in Munich. After earning his MBA at Stanford in 1996, he spent almost 20 years in executive roles at pioneering Silicon Valley companies such as Yahoo, where he was employee #258.
On February 5, 2013, his doctor called him up and told him he had cancer. He’s grateful to say that his health these days seems good. But the experience of receiving this diagnosis forced him to face his mortality and think hard about his legacy. He believes everyone should enjoy abundant pleasure, purpose and peace in their careers and their lives.
His talks aren’t just inspirational. Participants take away practical strategies, science-based insights, and daily action plans to lower their stress, boost their confidence, and create their happiness.