Parachuting In (#MFRWAuthor)

Published February 2, 2018 by francesothomas

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The topic for this week’s Marketing for Romance Writers blog challenge is what book influenced my life. I thought for a long time about this one. What novel can I say influenced me? Little Women was an early favorite. I always loved Gone With the Wind. What about Jane Eyre?

Then it hit me. I enjoyed the works of fiction, but to say I was influenced the book had to be nonfiction. My choice is What Color Is Your Parachute, the perennial best-seller by Richard Bolles.

I had toiled (and I do not use this term lightly) in the insurance industry for more years than I care to count when I decided I couldn’t stand it any more. A friend of mine suffering the same sort of angst suggested I go to the counselor she was seeing.

Said counselor put me through multiple check lists and exercises including those in Parachute. I am admittedly a self-help book junkie, but I never actually write out the answers to all of those questions the authors pose. This time I did. What emerged was the decision to go to grad school and pursue a degree in educational psychology.

If you are facing a mid-life career crisis as I was, I urge you to get a copy of Parachute. Much wisdom and practical advice reside therein.

More importantly, if you are the parent of a teenager, get them a copy. Don’t make them wander in the desert of an unhappy job when they could find a better path.

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5 comments on “Parachuting In (#MFRWAuthor)

  • Back in the late 1980s, a professor recommend that book to me when I talked to him about what to do after graduation. I have come to the realization that some of us are destined to wander.

  • During my own mid-life career crisis, I read the Parachute book. I can’t say it changed my life, though I didn’t write out answers to the little quizzes. However, I did come out of the crisis determined to become a writer, though.

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