cover image The Elegant Warrior: How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself

The Elegant Warrior: How to Win Life’s Trials Without Losing Yourself

Heather Hansen. Page Two, $15.95 (140p) ISBN 978-1-989025-26-0

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. [em](BookLife) [/em]