Doris McCoy insists living to your potential will lead you to happiness
Doris Lee McCoy is an author, interviewer, psychologist, international keynote speaker, and has taught communications for 17 years at National University. She earned her Masters degree at Stanford and her Ph.D. at Claremont University.McCoy has interviewed more than 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities and athletes for her books. She has been interviewed on the television programs “FOX & Friends,” “The Jim Bohannon Show,” “TV3” (in Dublin, Ireland), “CNN-Financial News,” “Leeza,” and “Phil Donohue.”
McCoy is one of the founders of San Diego’s Charter 100, was a Cub Scout leader, and has lived in La Jolla for more than 40 years. She is the president/founder of the non-profit American Spirit Foundation, which has as its primary mission, helping (particularly young people) find their potential. She is a member of the Explorers Club and has co-led three major expeditions into the rainforest.
What brought you to La Jolla?
A career choice brought me here, and then I fell in love with the ocean and the wonderful climate and people.
What makes this area special to you?
It’s being able to enjoy swimming and walking on the beach. There is a wonderful diversity in people and professional interests here, and it’s stimulating to be around these people. As an author, the area also makes it easier for me, and others, to be creative.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would improve street conditions, add more local art, and set up a regular town forum for letting talented citizens contribute their expertise. I have always felt that La Jolla should be incorporated. I would also allow the children to swim in the Children’s Pool, and the seals should be able to swim on their island where they were originally.
Who or what inspires you?
People, who on their own, see a problem and do something about it. In my upcoming book, “Visionaries Change the World,“ I write about Sir Richard Branson, John Paul DeJoria, Brad Pitt, and Nelson Mandela who have worked to remove many African land mines when told it was impossible; Roxanne Spillett, of the Boys and Girls Clubs, who nationally protects children after school so they have a safe place to play and do their homework; and Dr. Mimi Silbert who takes four-time incarcerated prisoners and is able to turn them into productive members of society.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I’d ask Jesus, Ronald Reagan, George Washington, Francoise Gilot, Jonas Salk, my children, and my grandchildren.
Tell us about what you are reading.
I like to read books about the founders of our democracy, like Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson; and I savor their wisdom, what they stood for and how they were able to complete the tasks that we are now able to use.
What is your most-prized possession?
Although children are not possessions, my children and grandchildren are indeed priceless. My small house has remembrances of people and trips that are memorable.
What do you do for fun?
I walk, swim, run on the beach, dance, talk with creative people, and listen to music.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
Getting a Ph.D. as a single mom, starting American Spirit Non-Profit Foundation, writing six books, and having the opportunity to interview 3,000 “difference makers.” My latest book is “The Magic of Gross National Happiness,” in which I feature the country of Bhutan that is the eighth happiest country in the world, according to an international survey of people. The United States fall in at 23rd, so there are things we can learn from this happy country.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Help people find their potential, whether they are young or senior citizens, then they will be contented and fulfilled. Sometimes I have made an unpopular choice that my heart told me was the correct choice. I have learned that sometimes you have to step out in faith with no guarantees.
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