Steve Pavlina is an American entrepreneur, personal development author, speaker and coach. He is known for the StevePavlina.com self-help blog he founded in 2004 and the book Personal Development for Smart People (published in 2008). Steve was born in LA and in 1991, at the age of 20, he got arrested for grand theft. That’s when Steve realized he needs to turn his life around. In 1996, Pavlina started Dexterity Software, a computer game development company. He ran it for 10 years and, for five of those years, he wrote articles where he helped other software and game developers. The positive feedback he got from his readers made him start his own blog and, later, he closed his business in order to focus on his self-help project. In 2008, Pavlina published the book Smart Development for Smart People, which expands upon the topics featured on his blog.