Seven Nonfiction Books That Changed Lives

I asked readers, “What book changed your life?” Here are seven of their responses: . “The book that changed my life (and business) was The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D. The book uses the story of a young man who hears about a manager with an excellent reputation for […]

How to Quickly Land a New Job

There are two types of job seekers: (1) Those who are willing to take a leisurely path because there is no urgency to their job search, and (2) Those who need to know how to quickly land a new job because they are running out of money or patience with a bad job situation. If […]

Book Review: “The Start-Up of You”

The American labor market is changing. Work is often difficult to find and even when job seekers land jobs, those jobs may end after a period of months or years rather than decades as in the past. The old model of “job-hopping is bad” is less true and the need to have well-developed job search […]

Use Detective Skills to Evaluate a Job Offer

Newsflash: When companies recruit you, they often stretch the truth or outright lie! To find out the truth, you have to use detective skills to evaluate a job offer. Here are some strategies to use: * Sign up for accounts at CareerBliss, Glassdoor, and Indeed. While it is true that unhappy people tend to write […]

Five Fiction Books That Changed Lives

Most people understand that books can be transformative, but it isn’t just self-help and “how to” books that make a difference. Fiction books can also be life-changing through the power of a compelling story. I asked people to share with me which fiction books changed their lives. Here are five of their responses: .“There are […]

Should You Have a Plan B?

When you are setting goals related to your career or business, should you have a Plan B? There are successful people who argue that you absolutely should not. Actor Will Smith says, “There is no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.” (1) Sunny Nunan, founder of Core24, a business […]

Great Bosses Do Exist!

If you have had several terrible bosses in a row, you might despair of ever working for a great one. Be reassured, though, that great bosses do exist! I searched for people willing to describe what made their great bosses so excellent. Here are their stories. “My best boss was Craig Duran, Cheese Specialist, HEB. […]

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I am a former newspaper journalist who was finally affected by all the layoffs in my industry. I don’t have a lot of savings so I need to make a career decision fairly quickly. I’ve read about hundreds of careers and the only thing I really want to do is write, but […]

Avoid the Sunk Cost Trap

Sometimes my educational backgrounds in economics and psychology converge. One of those times is exploring how to avoid the sunk cost trap in making career and life decisions. In the field of economics, sunk costs are costs you already paid and that you cannot recover no matter what you do. Examples of sunk costs are […]

How to Use Journaling to Make Decisions

For many people, writing is one of the best ways to increase clarity about your true feelings about different life and career choices. This article explores how to use journaling to make decisions that are aligned with your values, interests, and goals. I also recommend keeping the journal so that if you question yourself later, […]