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Steve Pavlina

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Steve Pavlina
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Steve Pavlina in 2010
BornStephen Michael Pavlina[1]
(1971-04-14) April 14, 1971 (age 53)[1]
Santa Monica, California[1]
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)
  • Erin Pavlina
    (m. 1998; div. 2009)
  • Rachelle Fordyce (m. 2018)
👶 Children2
👪 RelativesChristine Pavlina (sister)
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
label65 = 👍 Facebook

Steve Pavlina (born April 14, 1971)[2] is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site and the book Personal Development for Smart People.


Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles, the eldest of four kids. During his childhood, Steve went to a private Jesuit high school.[2]

On January 27, 1991 Pavlina was arrested for grand theft in Sacramento, California and given 60 hours of community service.[3] He claims that this was the impetus he needed to turn his life around, he also claims that he was let off a much worse sentence owing to a mistake in the legal process.[2][4]

Prior to starting his personal development site, Pavlina founded Dexterity Software, an independent computer game developer and publisher. He described in a blog post how he transitioned from one identity (as a game publisher, forum participant etc.) into a public speaker and self-help blogger, by removing shortcuts from his desktops and favorites, reducing his gamer-related contacts and obligations and e-mail and relationships so that he was surrounded by an environment that completely reinforced the new identity.[5]

Steve Pavlina served as Vice President of the Association of Software Professionals (ASP) in 1999[6] and President of the ASP in 2000.[6] By this stage, Steve's writings in the software development community were already having some impact.[7] The ASP's Hall of Fame page describes him as having had "a significant, lasting influence on others via his articles and postings".[6]

In 2004, Steve Pavlina began a web site and blog dedicated to personal development, ("Personal Development for Smart People"). Dexterity Software went dormant at this time and on October 31, 2006, Steve closed Dexterity Software in order (he said) to focus full-time on the website and blog.[8][9]

On October 15, 2008, Hay House published Pavlina's book Personal Development For Smart People. The book expands upon several topics featured on his blog.

Personal development blog[edit]

Pavlina's blog covers topics such as personal development and success; consciousness and courage; productivity, motivation and goal setting; career, wealth and business; and spirituality.[10] One well known trial he performed involved polyphasic sleep,[11] with a related article on early rising[12] appearing in the British newspaper The Guardian[13] and other newspapers and magazines.[14][15][16] He has also promoted veganism, having been one since 1997.[17]

On December 15, 2010, Steve Pavlina released all the content he had created until that date (excluding his book Personal Development For Smart People), as well as all content that he would create in the future (unless explicitly specified) in the public domain.[18]


In 2013, actress Lindsay Lohan got a tattoo based on the "truth, love, power" triangle from Steve Pavlina's book, blogging an image from Pavlina's book representing the triangle.[19][20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "'Steve and Wikipedia', Personal Development for Smart People Forums". Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-23. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Meaning of Life: Intro". June 2005. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. "Public Case Access System". Retrieved 9 June 2015. (archive url)
  4. "Overcoming Depression". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. Pavlina, Steve (2004-12-15). "Environmental Reinforcement of Your Goals". Personal Development for Smart People. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "ASP Hall of Fame". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. "The Indie Guru". The Escapist. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  8. "Halloween Updates". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  9. "Dexterity Software has closed". Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Personal Development". Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  11. della Cava, Marco R. (2006-02-27), "When sleep is just a dream; Overstimulated Americans struggle to get quality rest", USA Today, pp. A1, ISSN 0734-7456
  12. Pavlina, Steve (May 23, 2005). "How to Become an Early Riser". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  13. Burkeman, Oliver (February 3, 2007). "Rise and shine". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  14. Schacter, Harvey (2012-12-02). "Is sleep throwing off your work-life balance?". The Globe and Mail (Canada). Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  15. St. Amand, Amanda (2011-11-22). "Is there a battle between night owls and early birds in your family?". (The #1 St Louis Website). Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  16. Painter, Kim (2011-11-22). "Can you become a morning person? Yes, but it's not easy". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  17. Pavlina, Steve (September 9, 2006). "Why Vegan?". Archived from the original on October 11, 2006. Retrieved September 1, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Pavlina, Steve (December 15, 2010). "Releasing My Copyrights". Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  19. "Lindsay Lohan Explains the Meaning Behind Her New Tattoo". Yahoo Celebrity. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  20. Lindsay Lohan's blog "My New Tattoo"


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