Book offers insight to find dream job
Woodbury resident Dr. William Kriva was no stranger to having a case of the Mondays; during the 12 years he worked as an engineer he didn't like going to work.
"I never enjoyed being an engineer, and then I knew that it wasn't what I was supposed to do with my life," Kriva said.
Like most people, however, Kriva was afraid to make a change and start from scratch, but he finally came to the realization that unless he made a change he was going to be unhappy the rest of his life.
"I finally got a '2 by 4 to the head' in the form of a dream I had, that basically told me I needed to make a change," he said.
After a lot of searching, Kriva came to the conclusion that the right path for him was to become a chiropractor.
"I love doing what I do," he said. "I can't wait to get out of bed in the morning."
It was this experience that inspired Kriva to write "Let Your Innate Sing: The Key to Finding the Life of Your Dreams." The book, which was released in early December, aims to aid people in finding the courage to find the right path.
"I hope they take away hope (from it) that it is possible to change, it is possible to get through this.
"Second, I hope they take away courage, the ability to get over their fear of actually making the change and the third thing is inspiration to actually do it, to actually make the action and follow through," he said.
"Don't be afraid to do something different, to step out and follow your dream, follow the path your innate is telling you."
Kriva said he understands that making such a dramatic life change can be a terrifying one, because he went through it and going back to school at the age of 33 was a very daunting endeavor.
"I fought against making a change, I was terrified to make the change," he said. "The only way I was able to get over that fear was through faith."
Kriva believes that now more than ever people need to find the courage to follow their dream and make a change with the rising number of lay offs due to the economy.
"It's more important now that people have access to that," he said.
Having his book released at the height of the economic crisis was not something that Kriva had planned. He started writing his book about a year ago before the crisis fully developed.
Kriva said he believes that it was fate and his destiny to publish the book so that he could help those who are suffering.
"Things just happen, things come together and you can's explain it," he said. "The timing is just right."
Writing the book was no simple task for Kriva, he said. It was a challenge to put his thoughts and feelings into words, since that was something he was not familiar with in his past.
"I knew my story, but I had a really tough time verbalizing that," he said. "To take the feelings, the emotions, and turn those into words," he said.
Kriva said he already has his sights set on a follow up book that would tell real stories of real people who have taken the book's advice and have succeeded.
"There are a lot of people out there who are really searching, who really need help," he said. "I know this book has already changed some lives."
Kriva said if nothing else, he hopes his book will inspire people to take the time to listen to their innate intelligence.
"It's about reaching people who really need help and who are hurting," he said. "Everyone has an innate ability to know the path they are supposed to take, it's just a matter of taking the time to listen and hear the truth."