Few people can match the productive, inspiring and extremely useful life of Richard Nelson Bolles, who died March 31 at 90. He was the source of countless careers, via the wise counsel in his annual job-seeking bible, What Color is Your Parachute? What began in 1970 as a self-published text, not long after he had been an out-of-work Episcopal minister, grew into a publishing behemoth that has sold more than 10 million copies in its various editions, with a number of spinoff titles. After Bolles’ initial do-it-yourself approach, the book was picked up in 1972 by Ten Speed Press, then a tiny operation that eventually was sold to the publishers now known as Penguin Random House, in 2009.
Learn more about Bolles’ life and work, and about his advice for success and prosperity, in these 10 articles:
Bolles’ books, articles and online posts were full of practical and actionable advice, with lots of resources and exercises. Yet there was always something deeper behind his endeavors, and as pointed out by Emily Langer in the Washington Post obituary noted above, “his most meaningful guidance was philosophical in nature.”
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