Bio Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours

a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel. Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn’t have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelveyear-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988. That might have put an end to Grisham’s hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing’s greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham’s reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham’s success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, and The Associate) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 275 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first short story collection.

Visit a career center. Grisham devotes time to charitable causes. Review Self Matters by Dr. many of which are linked with a description on JobHuntersBible. personality traits. after a five-year hiatus. You may also try Rogue College's Holland Code Quiz. Take the quiz and it will give you a list of potential careers that may interest you based on your Holland Code. John Holland believed that people have six aspects of personality: Realistic. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville. Aptitudes and Career Interests Taking the time to learn about your unique values. to the courtroom. Enterprising. which raised 8. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball.     . Investigative. interests. Phil's Advice . Below are some tips and resources for assessing yourself and your possible career paths:  Review What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles. When he’s not writing. You can also visit the corresponding website JobHuntersBible.com.com. earning them a jury award of $683.Self Matters. Social. Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. and aptitudes. This Values Quiz will help you assess what values matter to you in regards to work and career. and Conventional and that you will be most successful in a career environment that is reflective of your personality.500—the biggest verdict of his career. skills and interests can help you find a career that fulfills your needs and feels right for you. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books’ protagonists. Artistic. Many communities and schools have career centers with resources that can help you determine your areas of interest and aptitude. VA. Phil McGraw or visit Dr. There are a lot of career assessment tools online. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. This guide is updated yearly and is an industry standard for career planning.Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund. Use a career assessment to determine your values. skills. Assessing Your Traits. Grisham successfully argued his clients’ case. This may be a good resource if you are having difficulty assessing yourself and what you truly want.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

transportation. However. sounds like a pretty good amount of money. if you do not do the research and budgeting to truly assess your needs.000 a year. etc. wardrobe. lunch. retirement and benefit needs and how much will they cost? What are the current and future educational costs of my career choice? How much future salary growth can I expect with my career choice? Are there associated costs with my career choice? For example. you may find yourself pursuing a career path that will ultimately leave you lacking.Assessing Your Financial Needs The majority of us work because we need money. Sometimes a salary figure. therefore it is important that we choose a career that can support our financial needs. consider the following financial questions:        What kind of salary will I need to support my current budget? What are my future financial goals and what kind of salary will meet those needs? Am I willing to live on less in order to follow a career path that I love? What are my health care. Will I need to relocate for a new career and how much will that cost?  . parking. Before you waste your time and resources pursuing a career you can't afford. union/association dues. for example $35.

or B. you will want to do your homework. therefore you will need to consider your current level of education when choosing a career. Some fields require solid work experience or training/certification in a particular skill. Is a degree or certification required or are there other ways for you to acquire the necessary skills? You might consider some of the following for gaining skills:     Volunteering for experience Finding a mentor to teach you Online learning with free tutorials Online "How To" videos These methods often do not cost anything more than your time and may provide valuable work experience in the process. such as a Bachelor's Degree (B.S.). both in your time and money. . Because this can be a big investment. However. you may consider going back to school or enrolling in a class or certification program to gain the necessary skills.Go to our Money Basics topic for additional information on assessing your financial needs Education and Training Considerations Many careers require a certain level of education.A. If you do not have the training required for a career you are interested in. not all careers require a college degree.

1. . Are your thoughts and attitudes advancing and protecting your health? Do your thoughts about yourself push you into situations that put your well-being at risk? 5. calm. Respond to these questions. and save them for future Self Matters exercises. you will see clearly how authentic or fictional your internal thoughts are. belief or attitude that you hold about yourself. Does this attitude or belief get you more of what you want. Does holding on to the thought or attitude serve your best interests? Does it make you happy. peaceful and fulfilled? 4. Now it's time to equip yourself with some clear-cut criteria for authenticity. you will determine whether your perceptions. Through this self-appraisal. Is it a true fact? Is what you are thinking or feeling verifiably true? 3. 2. the standard by which you can test your internal responses. Enter a thought. need and deserve? Or is it leading you toward or keeping you in circumstances that you don't want? Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. You can come back to this page to do this exercise for all your major beliefs. thoughts and attitudes contribute to your authentic self or pull you instead toward a fictional self-concept. When you use these questions to evaluate your every thought and perception. write them out.The Authenticity Litmus Test We all have beliefs and attitudes that shape our views.

actively and consciously.its links consisting of your parents. What do/did your mother and father do for a living? 4. You did not have the slightest choice about the links in your life chain. You don't have to mindlessly go along with this life chain you have both inherited and passively contributed to. What are your beliefs about family? Religion? Politics? Your place in the world? 7. You simply became part of a long chain -. What is your life chain? . and therefore you and the rest of your family. through generations. Where do you live now? 3. Statistics indicate that most people are tremendously confined by the life circumstance that they inherit. Write out and save your work -. Answer the questions below. Where were you born? 2. were all second-class citizens who should keep their heads down and not make waves. Consider the momentum that this chain created -. your grandparents and your siblings. That chain sealed much of the fate that was to be yours. You can begin to shape its links.the messages and expectations that passed from one link to the next. but you do have a choice in what you do now! Example: You grew up with a mother and father who believed that they. what family you were born into. What do you do for a living? 5.you may want to review it as the Self Matters process continues. What were your parents' beliefs about family? Religion? Politics? Their place in the world? 6. You probably learned to just be glad that you were even permitted into this world. and who you grew up around.Discover Your Life Chain Just think about where you were born. totally ignoring whether this is a life they would have chosen. 1.

When was it and what was the circumstance? Do you suspect that somehow. rather. Did you at one time listen carefully to your innermost voice? Describe this moment. today. these questions are designed to get you thinking about your authentic self.Are You Ready? Find out if you are ready to find your authentic self and begin to live by design. There is no right or wrong answers. . desires. Do you know. fictional self toward a self-defined. you have lost contact with it? 2. authentic self that is grounded in the here and now. You can stop being passively shaped by the internal and external forces in your life. beliefs. at odds with the values. After you have completed this exercise save your answers. They'll be helpful as you continue the Self Matters process. passions and visions that define your authentic self? If so. who the authentic you is? Or are you living a compromised existence? Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. It's time to move your self-concept away from a worlddefined. 1. how? 3. somewhere along the way. in vivid detail. Respond to these questions honestly and thoroughly. your public persona. Is your behavioral life. Self Matters Action Plan You can't change what you don't acknowledge.

This will be either one of your 10 defining moments. When you're done. what do you say to yourself? Even when you're not reflecting directly on the event. you need to do what Dr.Here is an overview of Dr. seven critical choices or five pivotal people. your locus of control? Who was responsible? Did you have any control over the situation? Were you even old enough to have a say? b) What has been the tone and content of your internal dialogue since that event? Do you find your real-time. "normal speed" conversations in your daily life reflecting the changes that occurred within you and are associated with that event? When you reflect on this event. read it over to make sure you are being honest in your account. Phil calls "Triple-A Thinking. unthinking response that "predicts" the outcome of any given situation? e) What are the fixed beliefs and resulting life script that you have constructed as a result of your event? Do you suspect you are living from a "script" that was written as a result of this event? Step 3: Test Your Internal Responses for Authenticity You can test everything you are saying to yourself and find out whether it is fictional or authentic by asking these four questions: a) Is it a true fact? b) Does holding onto the thought or attitude serve your best interest? c) Are your thoughts and attitudes advancing and protecting your health? d) Do your thoughts and beliefs get you what you want? Step 4: Come up with an "Authentically Accurate Alternative" Response When you test your negative internal dialogue and it fails (as it should because it isn't true)." This means replacing your fictional responses with ones that are an Authentically Accurate Alternative. Step 2: Audit Your Internal Responses to That Triggering Event Ask yourself the following questions about the event you described in Step 1: a) Where do you place a responsibility or blame for that event. How do you know your new . what do you say to yourself? c) What labels have you generated for yourself as a result of your event? What have you told yourself about you as a consequence of what happened? d) What tapes has this event generated or contributed to? Has this event caused you to develop an automatic. Phil's Five-Step Action Plan: Step 1: Isolate a Target Event Decide which of your key external events has turned out to be the most toxic experience of your life. but experience feelings of guilt and shame. Then write a short description of the target event.

("I am a worthy human being with valuable qualities" "I deserve to be treated with respect" "I have things to contribute to the world"). more emotionally or behaviorally economical action that would give you the emotional resolve you want to feel? Whatever your MER is. Now you can choose to adopt as many of these authentic alternative beliefs as you like. Consider your alternatives for action and ask yourself these four questions: a) What action can you take to resolve the pain? b) If you were successful and achieved this action. You want to be able to close the book on the life event that caused you so much pain with a minimal amount of effort. On the left. Step 5: Identify and Execute Your Minimal Effective Response (MER) The goal of Step 5 is emotional closure.responses are AAA? Because they meet the authenticity standards outlined in Step 3. . On the right. fulfilling life. how would you feel? c) Does the feeling you will have match the feeling you want to have? d) Remember the word "minimal. you need to identify it and do it so that you can achieve emotional closure and move on to a more authentic. Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. Now it's time to test your alternative beliefs. list as many alternative beliefs as you can. list your present fictional beliefs ("I am worthless"). a) Is the alternative true? b) Is it in your best interest to hold these beliefs? c) Do the alternatives advance and protect your health? d) Do the alternatives get you what you truly want? Circle all of the alternative beliefs that have passed the test. Start by dividing a page into two columns." Could there be some other.

choices and people. By doing this you will be able to take your power back. External Factors In order to define your self-concept and how it came to be. Since these reactions happen within us.Internal vs. slacker or shoe addict? "You must acknowledge the existence of labels . Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. we have the power to change them. but once acknowledged.. stop being a passenger in your life. and start driving. you can begin to work on changing your future. our internal factors are made up of our own reactions to the events in our life. you need to understand two major sets of factors that help shape who you are: External Factors: You can trace who you've become in this life back to 10 defining moments. and confront the impact they have on your concept of self. seven critical choices and five pivotal people." " Dr. How Do You Label Yourself? Are you the party animal.. You cannot change these moments. Phil . Internal Factors: Unlike the external factors that we have no control over. Identifying these factors along with the effects that they have had on your self-concept will allow you to deal with them in the here and now.

Are you living to your labels? How are your labels working for you? What are your payoffs? Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. labels are incredibly powerful influences in your life. challenge the "fit. How do you label yourself? Are you a career woman. actions and attitude. Write your answers down so that you can review them later. What Is Your Life Script? How fixed beliefs define our roles: Our fixed beliefs define the roles we play in life and have a lot to do with the scripts that are running them. 1. Ask yourself the following questions in order to start identifying and evaluating your labels. abusive husband. You may not be consciously aware of even a fraction of the names assigned to you.Believe it or not. an accountant." or your boss says you're an "alpha geek. a mom. Where did these labels come from? Did they come from you? Your parents? A teacher? A friend? Look at each label you wrote down in the above question. 3. frustrated artist or successful businessman? Why scripts are dangerous: ." Dr. 2. Phil says you must acknowledge the existence of labels. Regardless of whether your hubby calls you a "hot mom. whether they come from the outside world or from within." and confront the impact they have on your concept of self. Just as actors follow a play's script for lines. going back as far as you can remember. and identify where each one came from. Are you telling yourself that you are a tragic character or heroic character? Are you playing the loving mother. a politician? Are you a failure or a winner? Are you a "fat girl" or a "pretty girl?" Write down all the labels you attach to yourself. we follow life scripts according to what our fixed beliefs tell us.

we tend to panic because we've gone "off script. you can trace who you've become in this life to three types of external factors: 10 defining moments. This is why life scripts are dangerous. and are major factors in determining who and what you will become. Those events entered your consciousness with such power that they changed the very core of who and what you thought you were. . But first it's important to understand the following terms: Ten Defining Moments: In every person's life. A part of you was changed by those events.Whatever your fixed beliefs are. don't deserve and aren't qualified for. etc. If we suddenly feel happy and fulfilled. We even allow them to shape the way we expect things to turn out. Fixed beliefs also influence the casting. location and wardrobe of our script. you have practiced your script for so long that you believe what it says about you and your potential. and five pivotal people. Who is "right" for the part in our script and who isn't? What type of living arrangement and attire are appropriate for the character we are playing. Seven Critical Choices: There are a surprisingly small number of choices that rise to the level of life-changing ones. that have defined and redefined who you are. to some degree by your experience of that event. Critical choices are those that have changed your life. They are the choices that have affected your life up to today. Defining Your External Factors According to Dr. we tend to resist any challenges or changes to them. Phil. but our script says that we should feel sad and hopeless. We begin to perceive them as being set in stone." It just doesn't feel right and besides. there have been moments. the happy role belongs to someone else. They limit our scripts by dictating what we can't do.? When life scripts become limiting: Because our scripts are based on fixed beliefs. Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. seven critical choices. and have set you on a path. both positive and negative. positively or negatively. doesn't it? This is an example of why most fixed beliefs are also limiting beliefs. and caused you to define yourself.

and therefore. But were you aware that we label ourselves? For better or worse. The powerful internal factors that shape your self-concept are: Internal Dialogue: This is the continuous conversation that you have with yourself about everything that happens to you. these labels have a powerful impact on our perception of self because we tend to "live" the categories we've attached to ourselves ("I'm a loser" or "I'm a winner. Labeling: Humans tend to organize things into categories. Unlike labels ("I never win"). happens in real time (at the same rate at which you would speak the words aloud). the life you live. Defining Your Internal Factors Internal factors are reactions that you create inside yourself in response to the world. They are people who can determine whether you live consistently with your authentic self. friends or co-workers. subgroups. you can either behave your way to success or behave your way to failure. you will live down to that truth. If you believe you are incompetent and worthless. This dialogue is constant. you will live up to that truth.") Tapes: These are beliefs that have become so deeply ingrained that they "play" automatically in our heads and influence our behavior without our awareness. We even categorize other humans by labeling them into groups. if you believe you are competent and special. and their influences can be either positive or negative. classes and functions. it's best to think about them as behaviors because they are actions that you choose. tapes . For example. or instead live a counterfeit life controlled by a fictional self that has crowded out who you really are. By choosing how to perceive yourself. Even though they happen inside you. and provokes a physiological change (with each thought comes a physical reaction). They may be family members.Five Pivotal People: These are the people who have left indelible impressions on your concept of self. Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters.

Continue uncovering your authentic self with the complete exercises found in Self Matters. others. and life's circumstances that have been repeated for so long they have become ingrained and are difficult to change. Fixed Beliefs / Limiting Beliefs: Fixed beliefs are the beliefs we hold about ourselves. Limiting beliefs are the beliefs we have about ourselves that limit what we reach for and achieve." Tapes are dangerous and potentially self-defeating because they have the power to set you up for a specific outcome. They also cause us to block any conflicting (positive) information while confirming any new negative information.have context: "I won't get the promotion because I never win. .

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