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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

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Entries by Gina DeLapa

Career Development Is Everyone's Job

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 6:18 PM

College costs are rising, wages are lagging, and students are getting swept up in the undertow. College is by far the biggest investment students will ever make, yet nobody's teaching them how to keep their heads above water, let alone how to maximize their return.

That's where you and...

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3 Questions When Choosing a College

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 3:56 PM

Are you stressed out over where to go to college? Congratulations! It probably means you're taking this whole thing seriously. My goal as a counselor and teacher who writes about this stuff--and has lived through it--is to make sure you don't take it so seriously that it starts messing with...

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10 Traits That Trump 'Likable'

(16) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 7:23 AM

Yes, you're better off being likable and liked -- if you've ever sat through a job interview with someone who (unfortunately) was neither one, you know this to be true.

But ... have you noticed lately how our culture all but worships likability? Often at the expense of higher values....

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5 Tips to Take Back Your Life Already

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 12:18 PM

You have more opportunities personally and professionally than you were ever meant to fulfill. The world with all its conflicting agendas doesn't understand this, so it looks like you'll have to. You can't do it all -- but by being selective, you can find more fulfillment in what you do...

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'Who Told You That You Were Naked?'

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 10:48 PM

Inspiration comes in strange ways. Two weeks ago at Mass, I arrived to find our great big sanctuary packed with people of all ages, including the school kids from next door -- it turns out they were doing the readings for Mass.

All the kids were well prepared, but the...

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Crescimento pessoal não dói: 10 dicas para facilitá-lo

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Se você quiser ter uma vida brilhante, vai ter de crescer e mudar, e isso significa encarar adversidades - às vezes adversidades duras. Mas não deixe que isso te pare ou te tire do caminho. Isso pode afiar sua visão e te motivar.

Alguns exemplos de crescimento pessoal: Mudar de...

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Personal Growth Doesn't Tickle: 10 Tips to Make It Easier

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 8:33 AM

If you're going to make your life brilliant, you're going to have to grow and change, and that means facing opposition -- sometimes fierce opposition. But don't let that stop you or derail you. If anything, let it sharpen your vision and fuel your resolve.

A few examples of personal...

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10 Proven Remedies for a Rough Week

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 7:06 AM

When you accept that life is hard, messy, unpredictable, and just not fair, suddenly these things don't matter quite so much.

Instead of spinning your wheels asking "Why?" (which rarely helps), you're asking some variation of "Now what?" You now have more energy to cope, problem-solve, and otherwise deal with...

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10 Tips to Rock Your Brand New School Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Whether you love school or see it only as a means to an end, you want to succeed. As my old friend Kathy (now a professor) once said, "There really is nothing like kicking a*s in school, is there?"

Here are 10 tips to help you manage your workload, make...

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7 Must-Haves for Effective Meetings

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:36 PM

Running effective group meetings isn't hard -- it just takes planning, practice, and a healthy sense of urgency. Your reward for all this discipline will be less stress, more time for the work that matters most and a team that thinks you walk on water.

These seven must-haves will...

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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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