Book Review: Who Dares Wins, The Green Beret Way to Conquer Fear and Succeed
This is a self-help book for guys!
Bob Mayer is a former member of the US Army Special Forces, who used what he learned while in the "Green Berets" to become a successful author. The core premise of this book is that people are inhibited to succeed by their own fear. That only by overcoming fear can one be truly successful, in writing, or in any endeavor.
To drive this point home, the author uses examples of brave men in combat in the face of overwhelming odds. Unfortunately, not every battle fought by our special operations forces resulted in victory. Often, it is through failure, the author points out, that we learn our most valuable lessons.
The book also contains numerous self-analysis exercises to determine your character, what forms of stress you're most sensitive to and what goal(s) you should establish in order for you to overcome your own fear.
Only two people provided ratings for this book on Amazon.com, but both of them gave it 5-stars. Despite some typos, especially towards the end and some syntax errors, I added a 3rd 5-star to the book's Amazon rating. This book is not your typical business-model plan for success in the corporate world. Instead, Who Dares Wins opens the world of unforgiving battlefields to the readers in order to give them the character-building tools they need to succeed in their own lives.
In December 2009, Bob Mayer launched his Who Dares Wins Publishing company, specialising in military fiction, military non-fiction and military science-fiction:
I'm a retired USAF TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member, now working for Washington State Emergency Management. In addition to being an Emergency Operations Specialist at my day/night/weekend job, I'm a Foreign Affairs Specialist, gamer and writer.
I maintain three blogs as an on-line platform. "Stern Rake Studio," my central site, explores a variety of topics on gaming, pop-culture and writing. "Station WTFO" is where I post comments and discussions on the national and international issues that concern us. Finally, "The Redshift Chronicles," is a spin-off of "Stern Rake Studio." This site focuses on sci-fi gaming and is home to my long-form webcomic "Breakout from Bongolaan."