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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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Top Customer Reviews
What I liked: In my experience, most “self-improvement” books from women authors do not resonate with me. It could be because many include sections on parenthood (not applicable to me), but generally speaking, there is often an over-emphasis on approaching everything “as a woman” that seems unnecessary.
I didn’t find that Quy focused on building a strong mind “as a woman.” Her advice comes from an individual, speaking to other individuals with their own set of unique strengths, weaknesses, experiences, desires, and goals. This book is for anyone, regardless of gender.
To get the most out of Quy’s exercises, this is the process I found to be useful: I would read a chapter and then review all of the Tactics and questions provided at the end. Then, I would put the book down until the next day. I would take the time to consider the questions asked and really think about them. Only then would I come back and work through the exercises and write them down. (I firmly believe writing down my answers in a notebook strengthened the self-review process, and I encourage you to do the same. Don’t censor yourself. It’s worth it.)
Some Tactics (exercises) required extra time to get to an honest answer. Chapter three’s Tactics, for example, took me several days to complete. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to come up with ideas to finish the section. And yet, by being deliberate and reflecting strongly on myself (Quy’s writes about studying ourselves to understand how to work with our strengths and weaknesses), I was able to work through the chapter’s Tactics.
I believe to get the full benefit of this book, you must be willing to spend time with it and thinking about it after you've set it aside for the day.
There are some universal ideas/recommendatons that Quy discusses and some you might have read in other books by other authors. (Of course!) But Quy’s thoughtful, no-nonsense yet authentic style will speak directly to those looking for an author who does not sugarcoat the challenging, or steamroll you with the "cold, hard truth." She is no “fluffy bunny,” but she is not a “self-improvement know-it-all” either.
For me, Quy is an author with unique experiences and abilities who has learned valuable lessons and techniques that she would like to share with other unique individuals. I highly recommend this book to readers who want to affect real change in their lives – and not just read about making changes.
Do the work. Quy’s book can help you start off on YOUR right path.
Buy one for you and one for each member of your team!
President of Leadership Quest
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.
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.
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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