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Secrets of A Strong Mind: What My Years As An FBI Counterintelligence Agent Taught Me About Leadership and Empowerment - And How To Make It Work For You Paperback – December 24, 2012

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About the Author

LaRae Quy was an FBI agent for 24 years. As both a counterintelligence and undercover agent, she exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. LaRae’s job was to dig beneath the surface, probe the unknown, and discover their identity. From her FBI experiences, she believes that most barriers to personal success are internal. Secrets of a Strong Mind will show you how to break through those barriers and thrive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. LaRae encourages people to develop a strong mind by learning from your own direct experiences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479134708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479134700
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LaRae Quy was an FBI agent for 24 years. As both a counterintelligence and undercover agent, she exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. LaRae's job was to dig beneath the surface, probe the unknown, and discover their identity. From her personal experience, she will show you how to survive deceptive and unpredictable environments by developing the characteristics of a strong mind.

Secrets of A Strong Mind is an ideal book for discussion groups, church groups, and corporate off-sites.



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Secrets of a Strong Mind by LaRae Quy is a must read for leaders at every level. Drawing upon her successful years as a counterintelligence FBI agent, LaRae provides remarkable survival techniques in our modern era of turbulence and how to keep your mind strong and flexible in the midst of adversity. Her resilience tactics give front line leaders actionable ways to succeed. This undercover agent uncovers for each of us the secret intelligence of strong and effective leadership.
Buy one for you and one for each member of your team!
Steve Gutzler
President of Leadership Quest
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One of the problems of self-published books tends to be lack of editing, and this book suffers from it. Ms. Quy needed to have input from an objective third party editor with experience to improve this book by eliminating repetition, removing errors and using a greater variety of examples from Ms. Quy's life besides a few years in her childhood and her first few years (of 24) in the FBI.

As for the message, reddit.com users have a synopsis called TLDR for long posts. The TLDR for Secrets of a Strong Mind is "work hard and don't give up". Hardly a new message, albeit presented in a unique way.
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In her first book, Secrets of a Strong Mind, retired FBI counterintelligence agent LaRae Quy inspires and guides her readers to live a principled, powerful life. In summary, talent alone does not make a person great. One must also be authentic, courageous, resilient, determined, and more.

With dramatic stories and practical tips, LaRae Quy takes us along on her journey. She sets an audacious goal for herself, FBI counterintelligence agent, and realizes that she can only reach it through persistent self improvement. This is a story not just of willpower and determination, but also one of heart and introspection.

Buy this book for the compelling stories of this women's adventurous life.
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I measure a good read when I find myself telling friends and associates not to miss out. I have been doing just that these last weeks after finishing LaRae Quy's Secrets of a Strong Mind. This book is truly inspiring in so many different ways. LaRae draws from her work as a counterintelligence agent for the FBI and shows the reader how to tap into their own experiences, gifts, and yes, even weaknesses, to live a more abundant and fulfilling life. True life-giving wisdom is found here, in addition to very entertaining stories and thought-provoking questions that invite both reflection and action. Whether you are already well along in your career, or just starting out, in a corporate setting or a small business owner, or even a teenager wanting to dream big, there is something here for everyone. I know I will be using some of the "secrets" for years to come in my work as a family therapist and mediator.
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Instead of Cowboys and Aliens, it's a cowgirl and spies all wrapped into an insightful guide to becoming the best leader and human being you can be. In Secrets of a Strong Mind, Larae Quy uses her remarkable life experiences, from growing up on a ranch in Wyoming to working as a counterintelligence agent for the FBI, to show how to look inward and become stronger, more resilient and more aware in your life and work. The book helps the reader learn how to break through barriers to success when confronted with risk, change, and uncertainty. Each chapter offers helpful tools for introspection and growth that help you break through self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from accomplishing your goals.
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LaRae Quy's book distinguishes itself on many levels....it is an easy, compelling read for a start....but what truly sets it apart from most "self improvemnent books" is this. Unlike many books where the author's thesis is shared in Chapter One and then repeated again, again, and again in the subsequent 10 Chapters, LaRae's book provides new, thought-provoking insights and helpful "tasks" in each of her chapters.

Her message has universal applicability to those who could benefit from a "roadmap" to heightening their self awareness and what bold steps need to be taken once that new awareness is understood..
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The tips and direction toward self analysis are spot on and really liked the interesting stories and analogies this former FBI Agent used. These personal references help the reader understand that strength of mind can originate in the most unusual places. I found this book to be a great tool to guide you toward finding how your inner core and moral compass can lead you toward a better you. I'll continue to use this book to remind me of things I need to work on and appreciate the way it is designed just for that purpose.
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LaRae Quy shows us that challenge and fear of failure are to be viewed as enticing and conquerable, and not to be experiences we avoid at all cost. She sucessfully ties lessons she learned early in life on a secluded cattle ranch in Wyoming, to her impressive career as an FBI agent, and advises how we may apply these lessons in our own lives. The Tactics sections prove valueable on an individual basis, and would be very useful in a seminar or educational setting. This book is a must-read as well as a must-refer-back-to!
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