Category Archives: Books

Come visit us at the Country Apple Orchard this weekend!

Come visit us at the Country Apple Orchard this weekend!
Russ will be available to sign copies of his new book “I Have A Secret.” Books will be available for sale in the country store.


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just completed a bulk purchase of books!

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just completed a bulk purchase of the books “Deployment to Employment: A guide for military veterans transitioning to civilian employment” and “How to Interview: What employers want to hear in today’s competitive job market” for our transitioning Wounded Warriors. We thank them for this purchase and we also thank our civilian sponsors for making this happen.

*If you would like to help in sponsoring in future book distributions for our veterans just call Russ Hovendick at (605) 362-8176 ext 101 or email him at russ@directionalmotivation.comwalter reed

Deployment to Employment–January Jones Interview

Recently Russ was interviewed on the January Jones radio show about the newest book in the Directional Motivation series titled “Deployment to Employment: A Guide for Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Employment.
Described by numerous military personnel as being “The one resource that every transitioning veteran should have” this book provides a step by step guide to success in landing civilian employment. The book’s conversational approach and easy to follow steps will provide every reader with the tools needed to land the right job. From Rob Nielsen, former Marine Corps company commander and platoon commander “In thirty minutes of reading Deployment to Employment, I learned what took me months to gather and learn from multiple seminars, resources, business coaches, and others. This book should be required reading for all service members approaching their post-military chapter of life.”
The book is available on Amazon today! Buy Now

Veterans need your help!

A recent Forbes article pointed out that there are nearly one million unemployed military veterans in the U.S. according to the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and the Department of Labor reports that, for some veteran groups, unemployment is more than 20% higher than the national average.

Invest in a Vet! Purchase Deployment to Employment and give this book to friends, family members, and co-workers to help our nations heroes- you can make a difference!!!

Attention Recent Grads

Unfortunately stories like the one pictured below are not uncommon in today’s economy. Are you a recent graduate looking to land your first job? Please use our videos and other interviewing resources to help you land the job you really want. Also be sure to check out our latest book “How to Interview: What employers want to hear in today’s competitive job market.”


The Gratitude Book Project


Celebrating 365 days of gratitude

Celebrating 365 days of gratitude

Recently, Russ had the opportunity to be a contributing author to the 2013 Gratitude Book Project. You can find his story featured in Celebrating 365 days of Gratitude. The book is a collection of short stories of people from all walks of life reflecting on reasons why they are grateful. It is a great way to think about all you have, and to not take things for granted. Start your days out with gratitude!

This book is now available on


The wait is over. Our first book is here! –How to Get a Raise The correct way to ask for an increase in salary and wages

HTAFAR book Cover

Book #1 of the Directional Motivation Book Series

As a recruiter for over two decades, I hear stories about employees asking for raises all the time. My job puts me in the unique position to hear the behind-the-scenes drama from both sides. On one hand, I’ll listen to a boss explain everything the employee did wrong, and on the other hand, I’ll listen to a nervous, frustrated worker wondering how his request for a salary bump could have possibly been rejected. In this book, you will find many different situations you may come across when asking for a raise. You will also go through personal evaluations that will allow you to take a look at yourself from an employers point-of-view. If you are interested in getting a copy of “How to get a raise” Buy Now

This book, along with this series, has been an idea of mine for quite some time, and it feels great to finally have the book in front of me. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. There are other worksheets, tools, calculators, and resources available on our website to help you in your journey.

Always remember, “The little steps you take today will determine your future success.”