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The Elegant Warrior: How To Win Life's Trials Without Losing Yourself

Can you win life’s battles without losing yourself?

Life is full of trials, and sometimes you need a warrior spirit to overcome them. Award-winning attorney Heather Hansen has spent over twenty years fighting on the battlefields of the courts―but even in her fiercest clashes, she’s remained true to herself and her principles. She shares her journey to becoming an Elegant Warrior, and imparts the wisdom she’s learned from her decades on the bar.

Armed with the tools and techniques she’s honed in the courtroom, Hansen makes the case that anyone can become an Elegant Warrior: someone who fights adversity with grace and compassion, and battles without losing respect for themselves and their adversaries. Using real-life case studies and personal stories from the fast-paced courtroom arena, Hansen teaches you how to triumph over your own struggles.

From overcoming the Curse of Knowledge to discovering the Power of How, you’ll learn how to tap into your own personal strengths to face whatever challenges come your way. We all have to go to war at times. Sometimes the combat zone is your home; sometimes it’s the office. And sometimes, it’s your inner world. As an Elegant Warrior, you’ll be armed with the confidence, wisdom and skills to enter the fray and remain true to yourself.

Blogger and attorney Hansen’s slim debut contains plenty of valuable, adaptable life lessons designed to help readers through tricky situations. She defines being an elegant warrior as someone who fights adversity with grace and compassion and doesn’t lose respect for themselves or those they come into contact with when competing for jobs or in academics. She then lays out 27 lessons inspired by her law career, including advice on finding mentors, speaking up at appropriate times, maintaining intellectual curiosity, and resting when necessary. She concludes each lesson with a “prove it” section, which presents further reading and studies to back up her assertions, and a “summary of the case,” which includes each chapter’s takeaways. Her most convincing lesson, “The Curse of Knowledge,” implores readers to remember that few people are experts on all matters, and that using plain language to communicate will often highlight what one doesn’t know—and can then learn. Hansen offers anecdotes from her legal career to illustrate lessons, but her techniques and tools are tailored to be applied to any business or personal matter. This well-paced, sensible volume will be helpful for any reader in search of a template for achieving personal and career goals. (BookLife)
Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

If you want to better advocate for yourself - in business and in life - Heather Hansen's insights in The Elegant Warrior will prove invaluable.

Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

With insight, wonderful examples, and a strong motivational voice, Heather Hansen provides a beacon for women who want to create a life of unique meaning and purpose. She doesn’t promise that the path will be easy but, like the words of a true friend whispered in your ear, her encouragement will make your journey rewarding.

Mel Robbins, Author of the international bestseller, The 5 Second Rule

The Elegant Warrior pairs extraordinary stories from inside the courtroom with actionable advice to use outside the courtroom. By applying the tools successful lawyers use to your own challenges, you'll find the evidence that proves you're a winner and a warrior.