December 23rd, 2012 11:05 EST
Have a Merry Christmas From Judyth Piazza,The American Perspective and The Spy Who Came for Christmas
David Wilkowske worked for IBM, Worldcom/MCI and Bank of America in the high-tech industry. He also worked as a janitor, farm hand, telemarketer, and truck driver. In fact, he held more than 60 different jobs across in over a dozen careers over the past 39 years. His trials and tribulations of a career gone wrong are captured in his recently published book, The Chronic Job Hopper: My Ongoing Battle With Attention Deficit Disorder 1969-2005.
David humorously recalls his job-hopping lifestyle, but his story is not one of a slacker who simply has drifted from job to job, industry to industry. Rather, his crisscrossed career path is the product of a condition that went undiagnosed and untreated until 2004. David has Attention Deficit Disorder, and it poses a life-long challenge. His book explains in vivid and honest detail the adventures and downfalls an American man with ADD.
David admits it`s quite challenging to secure work when his resume reads like a business directory. My recent attempts to secure meaningful work for decent pay have been riddled with disappointment. The truth is, while I make a real point of not wallowing in my sorrows, my failures and misfires in the world of work have become like a pile of oversized luggage that I haul in order to clutter the room and distract potential employers (and myself), whenever I finally wind my way to an important interview.
Although a stable career, with financial security would have been ideal, I have had the opportunity to see many facets of corporate America over the past three and a half decades, says David. And no matter what the job is, I have taken pride in my work. But it would have made things easier if I could have been diagnosed earlier in my life. Doctors had mistakenly thought I had narcolepsy and that I suffered from depression. They just don`t fully understand what ADD is and are not always in a knowing position to properly diagnose it.
David knows he can`t just confess on a job interview that he has ADD even though his resume looks more like a holiday shopping list. But it`s burdensome to hide it, to try to run from it. He hopes his book will inspire others to get assessed for the ADD so they don`t have to unnecessarily suffer through a disjointed career, not to mention a confusing life.
David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He was born in 1943 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he became a fan of the classic television series, Route 66, about two young men in a Corvette traveling the United States in search of America and themselves. The scripts by Stirling Silliphant so impressed Morrell that he decided to become a writer.
In 1966, the work of another writer (Hemingway scholar Philip Young) prompted Morrell to move to the United States, where he studied with Young at Penn State and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American literature. There, he also met the distinguished fiction writer William Tenn (real name Philip Klass), who taught Morrell the basics of fiction writing. The result was First Blood, a novel about a returned Vietnam veteran suffering from post-trauma stress disorder who comes into conflict with a small-town police chief and fights his own version of the Vietnam War.
That "father" of all modern action novels was published in 1972 while Morrell was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. He taught there from 1970 to 1986, simultaneously writing other novels, many of them national bestsellers, such as The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for a highly rated NBC miniseries starring Robert Mitchum). Eventually wearying of two professions, he gave up his tenure in order to write full time.
Shortly afterward, his fifteen-year-old son Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and died in 1987, a loss that haunts not only Morrell`s life but his work, as in his memoir about Matthew, Fireflies, and his novel Desperate Measures, whose main character has lost a son.
"The mild-mannered professor with the bloody-minded visions," as one reviewer called him, Morrell is the author of twenty-eight books, including such novels of international intrigue as The Fifth Profession, Assumed Identity, and Extreme Denial (set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he now lives with his wife, Donna). His most recent publication is the dark-suspense thriller Creepers.
Morrell is the co-president of the International Thriller Writers organization (www.internationalthrillerwriters.com). Noted for his research, he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival as well as the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He has been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and anti-terrorist driving, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into twenty-six languages.