What book / purchase might help my can't-do stepfather change his life?
January 13, 2012 3:02 PM Subscribe
What book (or other purchase) would you recommend for my defeatist, unskilled step-father, that might help him improve his life?
posted by ElfWord to Human Relations (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My step-father (who I like but am not close with) has been going downhill for a while now. He married my mom about seven years ago, they both had a period of great success, but when the housing market collapsed things started going downhill. At this point, he's been out of work for two or more years and has no savings.
He's a very kind, decent guy, but has a fairly negative worldview / defeatist attitude. He hasn't been following up on work opportunities that seem too challenging / out of his comfort zone. There are no work opportunities in the area (North Georgia mountains) for someone with his experience (telecommunications electrician ("telephone pole guy") and carpeting).
I'm 800 miles away, and can't do much for him. But I'm hoping metafilter might have some recommendations for some kind of book (or other purchase) that might help him change his perspective / get him out of the do-nothing funk he's in / see that he's capable of learning new skills.
I know that I can't make him change, but I'd like to at least give him something that helps give him the option. Any ideas?