Welcome to Happenstance Counseling

Ryan Babineaux, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Stanford University, Educational Psychology
M.Ed., Harvard University, Psychology and Human Development 

In my work as a researcher, counselor and educator, I have made an important discovery: People who are happy and successful spend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world and try new things, make mistakes, and in doing so, benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities.

Drawing from cutting-edge practices in entrepreneurship, innovation and psychology, I have developed simple yet powerful techniques to help people take positive action in their lives. These techniques have proven to be effective with a wide range of coaching clients, as well as with participants in workshops and university courses. I have helped people accomplish many  things— start businesses, write novels, inspire teams, form research foundations, get married, lose 100 pounds. I do so not by requiring people to make dramatic changes to who they are, but by encouraging them to make small changes to what they do.

What's New:

This summer, I was the keynote speaker for the PromaxBDA Leadership Institute, giving a presentation on "5 Tips to Succeed by Failing Fast."

The book Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win, which I wrote with John Krumboltz, has been published by Penguin/Tarcher. Here is some of the media buzz:

I am excited to be leading a Stanford research project that examines the work practices of masters in diverse fields—beer making, journalism, social entrepreneurship, engineering, long-distance running, mathematics, etc. I'm having a great time talking to interesting people about their lives and careers.