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Gina DeLapa
Gina DeLapa is the creator of the Stuff You Already Know book series, which grew out of her desire to record a few words of wisdom for her teenage nephew, Adam.

What started as a random collection of notes in a red leather journal soon turned into a manuscript, the manuscript became a book, the book turned into a series, and the series became Gina’s full-time career. She has never been happier.

Gina is also a career counselor, professional speaker, and adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, the University of San Diego.

To contribute a story of your own, subscribe to Gina's Monday-Morning Pep Talk, or receive her free eBook, Conversations That Count: 55 Fun Questions for Friends, Family & Co-Workers, visit

Entries by Gina DeLapa

Why Apologies Matter and How to Make Them Meaningful

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Show me a leader who can't offer a decent apology, and I'll show you a leader who will ultimately have no followers. And to quote my mother's favorite adage, "To be a leader, you must attract followers. Otherwise, you're just taking a walk."

The true test of any apology is...

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Outsmarting Your Fears

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Whenever you set out to do something great and difficult, count on fear to rear its head. The first step in outsmarting your fear is to recognize its many disguises. See how many of these sound familiar:

  • Perfectionism -- waiting until all the planets align before making the...
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10 Cures for 'The Mondays'

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Even if you love your work, you might not always love your Mondays. Last week, when my own Monday dragged a little, I came up with this list to jump-start the day. It helped. May it now put a spark in your day.

The 10 Cures

  1. Tackle your...

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3 (Free) Motivators That Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 2:14 AM

As a kid, you were probably offered all sorts of motivators that didn't work: money, candy and gold stars, for example. How did those incentives feel to you? How did they drive, or not drive, the desired behaviors?

For myself, money didn't motivate me to keep my room clean (even...

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What Job Candidates Can Learn From Interview Questions

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:53 PM

As a career counselor, I have had extensive conversations not only with job candidates on how to succeed in and interview, but also with the interviewers seeking to hire them. It is fair to say that I have a few interesting insights on what job interview questions can tell you...

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10 Lessons From Our Quirky, Irreplaceable Dads

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Dads. They're our first heroes. They keep us safe, tell us stories and give us our first piggyback rides. From our earliest moments, dads teach us to laugh, lighten up and toughen up. If we're fortunate, they also teach us about sacrifice and virtue -- a word that means "manly...

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