Steve Pavlina in 2010
|Born||Stephen Michael Pavlina
April 14, 1971 
Santa Monica, California
|Occupation||Blogger, motivational speaker, author|
|Spouse(s)||Erin Pavlina (separated)|
Steve Pavlina (born April 14, 1971) is an American self-help author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of the web site stevepavlina.com and the book Personal Development for Smart People.
Pavlina went to a private Jesuit high school.
On January 27, 1991 Pavlina was arrested for grand theft in Sacramento, California and given 60 hours of community service. 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.
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.
Steve Pavlina served as Vice President of the Association of Software Professionals (ASP) in 1999 and President of the ASP in 2000. By this stage, Steve's writings in the software development community were already having some impact. The ASP's Hall of Fame page describes him as having had "a significant, lasting influence on others via his articles and postings".
In 2004, Steve Pavlina began a web site and blog dedicated to personal development, StevePavlina.com ("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.
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
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. One well known trial he performed involved polyphasic sleep, with a related article on early rising appearing in the British newspaper The Guardian and other newspapers and magazines
On December 15, 2010, Steve Pavlina released all the content he had created till that date (excluding his book Personal Development For Smart People) and all content he would create in the future (unless explicitly specified) in the public domain. 
In popular culture
- Gallagher, David F. (2001-06-13), "They Give It Away, Get Plenty Back" (– Scholar search), The New York Times: 23[dead link]
- Sutton, Neil (2001-07-20), "Calgary association aims to crack pirates", Computer Dealer News 17 (15): 30, ISSN 1184-2369
- Loftus, Tom (2003-07-31). "Fast, cheap and everywhere". MSNBC.
- Sosnowski, Carolyn J (2007-04-01), "Even if Your Boss Didn't Spell It Out, Writing Is Part of Your Job Description", Information Outlook 11 (4): 11, ISSN 1091-0808
- Belkin, Lisa (2007-05-31), "Time Wasted? Perhaps It's Well Spent", The New York Times: 2
- "'Steve and Wikipedia', Personal Development for Smart People Forums". forum.stevepavlina.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- The Meaning of Life: Intro. stevepavlina.com
- "Developing Your Character" newsletter, Steve Pavlina
- County of Sacramento Court record for Steve Pavlina, case #91M01363, 1991-04-02
- Archive of the original page for the court case of Steve Pavlina
- "The Meaning of Life: Intro" article by Steve Pavlina
- "Overcoming Depression" article by Steve Pavlina
- Pavlina, Steve (2004-12-15). "Environmental Reinforcement of Your Goals". Personal Development for Smart People. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
- Association of Shareware Professionals Hall of Fame
- The Escapist : The Indie Guru
- "Halloween Updates" blog post, Steve Pavlina
- "Dexterity Software has closed"
- Personal Development
- della Cava, Marco R. (2006-02-27), "When sleep is just a dream; Overstimulated Americans struggle to get quality rest", USA Today: A1, ISSN 0734-7456
- Pavlina, Steve (May 23, 2005). "How to Become an Early Riser". Retrieved 2007-12-04.
- Burkeman, Oliver (February 3, 2007). "Rise and shine". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
- Schacter, Harvey (2012-12-02). "Is sleep throwing off your work-life balance?". The Globe and Mail (Canada). Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- St. Amand, Amanda (2011-11-22). "Is there a battle between night owls and early birds in your family?". stltoday.com (The #1 St Louis Website). Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- Painter, Kim (2011-11-22). "Can you become a morning person? Yes, but it's not easy". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- Pavlina, Steve (December 15, 2010). "Releasing My Copyrights". Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- "How to Create Real Value" blog post by Steve Pavlina
- "Examples of Creative Businesses" by Steve Gillman
- "No Division". http://www.stevepavlina.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "No Division, from Washington State by Ben Averch". http://averch.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- Yahoo! News: Lindsay Lohan Explains the Meaning Behind Her New Tattoo
- Lindsay Lohan's blog "My New Tattoo"