There’s a famous quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Whether Lincoln was really the source of this quote or not, I believe it. My life experiences have convinced me that joy is a matter of attitude. I believe joy happens because we welcome the small miracles in our lives. It happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are despite appearances.
Dr. Jean Wilcox’s career has been “a bit of a random walk.” After getting a PhD in chemistry, she worked in technology in the corporate world until she discovered that marketing was much more fun. At one point she worked for a Japanese company with offices in Silicon Valley and learned to speak Japanese.
After being down-sized from the corporate world, she did marketing consulting, adjunct teaching and ran a B&B. She is now a Professor of International Marketing at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She still consults, travels to Japan whenever she can, loves watching her garden grow and laughing with friends.