Review: Becoming Bulletproof by Evy Poumpouras

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Former Secret Service agent and star of Bravo’s Spy Games Evy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and live a more fearless life.

Becoming Bulletproof means transforming yourself into a stronger, more confident, and more powerful person. Evy Poumpouras—former Secret Service agent to three presidents and one of only five women to receive the Medal of Valor—demonstrates how we can overcome our everyday fears, have difficult conversations, know who to trust and who might not have our best interests at heart, influence situations, and prepare for the unexpected. When you have become bulletproof, you are your best, most courageous, and most powerful version of you. Poumpouras shows us that ultimately true strength is found in the mind, not the body.

Courage involves facing our fears, but it is also about resilience, grit, and having a built-in BS detector and knowing how to use it. In Becoming Bulletproof, Poumpouras demonstrates how to heighten our natural instincts to employ all these qualities and move from fear to fearlessness.

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My Thoughts:

This book was not really what I expected, but it was good nonetheless. I appreciated the author’s experience and expertise as a former Secret Service agent and Medal of Valor recipient. Each chapter builds on the prior. Ms. Poumpouras begins her chapters with anecdotal examples from her experiences that smoothly segue into her chapter topic. This gives readers confidence in her expertise as well as concrete examples of the idea the author is conveying.

Part of becoming “bulletproof” is about one’s physical safety, and part of it is about being emotionally safe. Whether the threat is from a shooter or a bully, the message is to be aware and self-aware.

“You are the hero you’ve been waiting for”

Becoming Bulletproof is well-written and succinct. Ms. Poumpouras’ no-nonsense advice has universal application.


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