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The Inner Warrior

The Inner Warrior

A brief book with a clear message: everyone is capable of courage, provided that they can find in themselves what they need to do so.

Author(s): Beverly Stone

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

Date of publication: 2004

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The message in this brief book can be stated in a single sentence, i.e. everyone is capable of courage, provided that they can find in themselves what they need to do so. Although of variable quality, this book does provide a certain number of interesting thoughts and tips on developing your personal courage.
The author builds her argument around a behavioral analysis model, which classifies individuals according to their level of self-confidence and their positioning relative to others. Four main categories are thus defined: “Terrorists,” who trust their abilities but who do not want to cooperate with others, “Shadows,” who don’t trust their abilities and who do not want to cooperate with others, “Sheep,” who have low self-confidence but rely on others, and “Warriors,” who trust themselves and seek to cooperate with others. Understanding your instinctive behavioral mode is important in order to determine what could inspire you to behave as a “warrior.”
For a quick read, we advise three chapters that seem to offer the essence of the fundamental messages in the book. Chapter 1, which presents the objective of courage based on the model described above, chapter 2, which develops an interesting comparison with Gulliver and the Lilliputians to help us understand that we are stronger than we think, and chapter 12, which offers useful and very pragmatic advice on how to dare to show more courage.