Bill is the facilitator for the CAPP cohort in Chicago.
Bill Fair has a passion for helping people to pursue their full potential in both their professional and personal lives.
A proven business leader and manager with over two decades of experience coaching and leading an international team for one of the world’s largest financial services firms, Bill believes that people who are flourishing in their lives are not only happier but are more efficient, effective, creative and make fewer mistakes, not to mention a lot more fun to be around. Bill received his Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and utilizes the tools and techniques produced by positive psychology’s rigorous scientific study, to help individuals and organizations to flourish. Bill’s other passions include his family, fitness, travel, and skiing.
Bill’s journey to flourishing began with an interest in what it means to be “successful”.
Ambitious and eager for his own success, he read much of the success literature out there, and learned a great deal in the process. While he appreciated the knowledge he gained and in some ways found it useful, it neither confirmed nor challenged his traditional view of success. He believed that if an individual did well in school, they were intelligent and this intelligence would lead to a successful life. Stemming from this belief, Bill graduated law school from the University of Notre Dame, and subsequently passed the bar exam to become a licensed attorney.
However, throughout this time he observed many people for whom the intelligence equals success paradigm did not hold true.
Classmates who tested well and seemed to be highly intelligent often did not excel in the “real world” to the extent their academic career would portend. He felt something was missing. While reading <em>Authentic Happiness</em> by Martin Seligman, one of the founders of positive psychology, he had an epiphany. He realized his quest to learn how to be successful, and what actions and attributes lead to success, was misguided. Like many in modern society, he had equated success to money, possessions, position, and power. However, when he analyzed and deeply thought about what he was truly searching for, it was not the keys to success but rather the keys to happiness. This breakthrough was life changing.
After many years of self-study on positive psychology, Bill learned from the best in the field while attaining his Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill has a passion for helping people to flourish in all aspects of their lives and believes positive psychology holds the key. Bill now applies the tools and techniques that scientific research has produced, to help people to find meaning in their lives, be more engaged in their work and personal interests, have more energy, experience more positive emotions achieve goals more easily and improve their relationships with others.