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Motivational Speakers Hall Of Fame - Richard Bolles

Richard Bolles

Richard Bolles Richard Nelson Bolles, known the world over as the author of the best-selling job-hunting book in history, "What Color Is Your Parachute?," is acknowledged as "America's top career expert" by Modern Maturity Magazine, "the one responsible for the renaissance of the career counseling profession in the United States over the past decade" by Money Magazine, and "the most widely read and influential leader in the whole career planning field" by the U.S. Law Placement Assn.

Dick is listed in "Who's Who In America," and "Who's Who In the World" and has been featured in countless magazines (including Reader's Digest, Fortune, Money Magazine and Business Week), newspapers, radio, and TV (CNN, Ted Koppel, ABC's Nightline, Diane Sawyer, CBS News and many others).

Dick Bolles was born in Milwaukee, Wisc. on March 19, 1927. He grew up in Teaneck, N.J., and graduated from high school there in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a messenger on Wall Street before attending college. The author's academic background is in engineering, physics, and Biblical studies.

Having majored in chemical engineering during his two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bolles transferred to Harvard University and earned a bachelor's degree in physics (cum laude). He also holds a master's degree in New Testament studies from the General (Episcopal) Theological Seminary in New York City, is a member of MENSA and the recipient of two honorary doctorates.

Born: March 19, 1927
Died: March 31, 2017

Quotes by Richard Bolles ...

"The key to a happy and fulfilling future is knowing yourself. This self-knowledge is the most important component of finding the right career" -- Richard Nelson Bolles

"You want to take action every day, not sit around waiting for something to happen." -- Richard N. Bolles

"I have always argued that change becomes stressful and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of the constancy of your life. You need firm ground to stand on. From there, you can deal with that change." -- Richard Nelson Bolles

"Many people take career tests with the hope that someone can definitely tell them who they are and what they should do. No test can do that. I recommend that people use the results of their career interest tests to stimulate their own ideas about possible occupations." -- Richard Nelson Bolles