3 books that I recommend to job seekers and career changers

Hello Friends,

As a life coach, I am constantly reading books on the topics of careers, leadership, and personal development. In today’s video I am sharing with you three books that have helped me to identify my personal strengths and create a way to market myself for employment. The books that I mention in this are:

Please feel free to purchase a copy of these books for yourself. Also feel free to comment with the title of career-related books that you would like to recommend to my followers.

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John Garay

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3 steps to help you prepare for college

#46 - Back To School

I always encounter people who are looking to return to school at the start of each new year. As an individual who has worked in higher education, and that is currently a non-traditional student, this excites me. I always advocate for education when people seek a career change, an increase in salary, or personal advancement in life.

If you are exploring the possibility of returning to school, or if you know of someone that is, I’d like to share a three-step process to help you with your pursuit.

  • Clarify your goals

In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Steven Covey suggests that highly effective people “always begin with the end in mind”.  I believe that this is great advice. Clearly defined goals help us find a starting point and serve as a guide for making decisions. We have a tendency to run around aimlessly without one. Without clear direction, you may find yourself changing your degree program several times before you align yourself with one that fits you.

Most people return to school to find a fulfilling and purposeful career that leads to an increase in salary. If you are unsettled as to which degree will help you find this, I encourage you to sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself the following question; “If there were no limits in life, and I could have any career that I wanted to have, what would I want it to be?”

When you ask yourself this question, you may find yourself coming up with a whole bunch of ideas. Once the ideas start coming to mind, make a list of them. Once you are finished, circle the top 3-5 career choices that resonate best with you. Then take your condensed list, and over the next few days, begin to research each career choice. Use your research to identify which of the career choices aligns most closely with your dreams, passion, life purpose, and desired salary. Use these factors to determine which of the career choices will work best for you.

  • Determine what type of degree is needed

There may be more than one degree path that leads to your career of choice. For example, in my line of work, it is common for me to hear people say, “I want to work with autistic children.” While many of them will opt to apply for a social work or special education degree program, there are many other degree programs that may help them achieve their career goal. Depending on the job title they want to have, they may select from an abundance of other degree programs; such as occupational therapy, nursing, human development, family science, human services, and non-profit management. It is likely that you will have several degree plan options to choose from too.

Before you settle on a degree program, I always recommend that you interview someone that works in your field of interest. Their experience will help you find out which degree programs will make you more marketable and desirable to your future employer. Although many people recommend that you speak with an academic counselor about career options, I do not recommend doing this until after you have done your research. Most academic counselors and admissions representatives are versed in the language and lingo of the department that they work in. They may not be familiar with opportunities that other degree programs may create for you.

  • Create a plan.

Determine what your next step will be. Will you research schools? Search for scholarships? Apply for financial aid? Whatever the steps in your plan may be, I encourage you to write them down and set firm deadlines for each task that you have listed. You may also want to share your goals with someone that you can trust to encourage you, and hold you accountable, as you start this new journey.
Until Next Time…. I wish you blessings and prosperity…….. Godspeed!

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Friendship (Quality over quantity)


Early on in life, I learned that the quality of my friendships is greater than the quantity of friendships that I have. Thankfully, I’ve been fortunate enough to have cultivated several meaningful friendships that have withstood the sands of time and that have contributed greatly to my quality of life. On the other hand, I’ve also experienced the occasional person or two that seems to be the kryptonite to my happiness. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

True friends are genuinely concerned about your well being.

Self-serving people are more concerned with what you have to bring to the table.

True friends accept you with all your flaws, imperfections, values, and beliefs.

Self-serving people try to make you conform to their own version of perfection.

True friends are dependable.

Self-serving people leave you feeling uncertain. They may or may not be there when you need them.

True friends respect you enough to be honest with you, but also respect you enough to allow you to make your own decisions.

Self-serving people ridicule you and make unreasonable demands from you.

True friends are great listeners.

Self-serving people hoard the conversation.

True friends are thoughtful in word and action.

Self-serving people feel entitled to your service.

True friends forgive.

Self-serving people hold on to grudges.

The Background Singer


This morning, as I listened to one of my favorite songs being played on the radio, I found myself captivated by the harmonies being sung by the background singer. I listened intently as, note by note, the background singer majestically boosted the lead singer’s performance. Although it was the lead singer who shined through, the background singer remained behind the scene as a constant presence and navigated the melody seamlessly.

Throughout my life, I’ve been quite intuitive and discerning. Today, as I listened to the radio, my intuition was on overdrive. Listening to the beauty of the song and lyrics brought me to the realization that, in life, I am quite like a background singer.

Now, before you become entranced with the temptation to recruit my singing services, I must give a disclaimer. By no means am I professional vocalist. However, I have found that I am most satisfied in life when I am helping others succeed. In fact, I feel that I am most in my element when I am present with others as they face life’s challenges, navigate through options, and brainstorm for greatness. I enjoy being a catalyst that motivates others to thrive.

Knowing this, I have dreamed of an opportunity to build a platform that enables me to harmonize with people who are looking to launch their lives to a higher level of performance. I have spent the greater part of this year equipping myself with tools necessary to turn this dream into a reality. In a few weeks I will be completing a Certificate of Excellence in Life Coaching. This is one of the last pieces remaining for me to launch a life, career, and business coaching practice. 2016 will be the year that gives birth to “A Thriving Mindset”. Meanwhile, I ask you to consider joining me in my endeavor to make our current realities a better place.

I look forward to what the future holds for us.




John E. Garay