Who Is Jim Donovan?
Many years ago, after working for two major television networks, I started my own business. I was cool. I had the fancy cars, my own company, glamorous girlfriends and all the trappings of so-called “success.”
The problem was I also had a lot of very unproductive habits and an out of control lifestyle. These habits combined with my success became “my ego run wild” and led me to spend 10 years on a downward spiral.
Being raised in New York City, I decided to move to Boston and, after a few years, moved to California, looking for a better life. While there, I lived in 11 apartments in four years, and finally wound-up back in New York City where, sinking as low as I could stand – I was living in what was one of the toughest areas in New York City – I finally reached out for help. I had hit my bottom. I surrendered the care of my life to a Higher Power, who I choose to call God.
During this time I had endured every imaginable indignation yet never saw myself as being responsible for creating them. At one point, I lived in a car. I slept in Battery Park, something I do not reccommend, and SRO’s (single room occupancys) in Manhattan and the Bronx. These are places where you live in a small room and share a bathroom with several strangers. Quite interesting.
I believe it was the hand of God that pulled me from what would have surely been the end of my life and started me in an entirely new direction, one that would take me to heights I had never even dreamed of.
A little at a time my life got better. I went from collecting welfare and food stamps to earning a decent income and then, once again, started my own business. This time with a much better perspective on things.
For me to learn what really mattered in life, I had to first lose everything. Only then would I give up my denial and open my mind to a higher order of living.
During this time of rebuilding my life, I became a student of personal development and self-help, reading hundreds of books and listening to audios and, later on, attending seminars.
After doing this for several years, and seeing how, as a result, my life kept getting better and better, I started writing as a way to share with others some of what I was learning. My simple newsletter “Jim’s Jems” grew and, over time, became the basis of my first book Handbook to a Happier Life.
I had found my purpose and my life’s mission.
I continued writing and giving seminars to a vast variety of groups, delivering my simple message that,
“Within you is the power to change your life.”
Today I have written several books which have been published in more than 20 countries and have created several personal development audio programs. I am a certified business coach and help people learn how to create quantum growth in their business by harnessing the powers of the law of attraction and other universal laws. I am privileged to speak to groups of people from every walk of life, sharing my message of hope and possibility.
Whether speaking for corporations, associations or non-profit agencies, I am passionate about helping people create the life that they were born to live.
I’ve delivered seminars and workshops for small businesses, chambers of commerce, hospital administrators, nurses, women-owned businesses, trade associations, school faculty, government employees, high school and college students, network marketing companies, and others.
Something I’m proud of is that, for over twenty years, I have delivered my What are you waiting for? It’s Your Life seminar to inmates at correctional and youth centers, in an effort to help those who are ready for change.
To say that I am blessed is a huge understatement. Today my life has meaning and purpose and I live what I can only call a “magical life.”
What’s important about all of this is, I know deep inside, that anyone can have a better life.
All it takes is a belief, a vision, and an action plan, and the “faith of mustard seed.”