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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really enjoyed the stories of the author's Wyoming childhood on a cattle ranch, especially since my mother, also from Wyoming, had many similarities in her upbringing. I spent a year of my childhood there, too. The FBI stories were clearly genuine and difficult to write about considering that foreign counterintelligence operations are highly classified. The author could serve as an excellent role model for a young person seeking to get ahead or escape from a bad situation.
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I really loved this book! LaRae Quy reveals what it is like on the inside of FBI while giving the readers real insight into how to lead better, more insightful lives. I know I will look back at it as I move through the year, especially the questions at the end of each chapter. Definitely a timely read as we start the New Year! Alex H.
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I think this is a great book for anyone that wants to take a look inside the life of an elite FBI agent. Mrs. Quy's writing style is very easy to read and she has a skill for taking complicated subjects and make them easy to read and understand. I really enjoyed how she not only talked about some of the cases she worked on while in the FBI, but also how she wove parts of her life into the stories as well. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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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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LaRae Quy’s book, SECRETS OF A STRONG MIND (Kindle edition), is the best “improve yourself” book I’ve read in the past year. Not only was the supporting material (Quy’s personal stories) interesting, the recommendations and exercises (Tactics) provided in each chapter were valuable – if you take the time to complete them.

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.
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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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