Research Outline

Rough Diamond

Early Findings


You are writing a book about taking ownership of one's life and about how personal responsibility and living authentically by discovering one's inner truth can help one to create change and lead others in this fast-moving world. You are looking for quantitative and qualitative research that supports the content of your book. You are specifically looking for case studies of people who have revolutionized their life and work by unleashing their inner brilliance, and you are also looking for statistics that show that working on your inner Self and creating a circle of support can lead to success and positive outcomes.


  • The story of Richard Harris is a great example of courageously accepting imperfection and unleashing inner brilliance to rise above mistakes and create a positive outcome.
  • Even though he had played the part of King Arthur in Camelot for years, Richard Harris forgot the words to one of the more important songs in the play. Rather than trying to hide the mistake, he stopped the orchestra that attempted to cover for him, admitted to the audience that he had forgotten the words and kindly asked the audience to help him to remember them. This created a very moving moment, as the entire audience stood up and sang the "Camelot" song in unison.
  • A study conducted on a group of executives revealed that the most effective executives always take full responsibility for the performance of their team.
  • Courage is strongly linked to work performance because it impacts personal well-being. "Fearful workers are twice as likely to be depressed, and 33% more likely to report sleep exhaustion and sleep disorders," according to Florida State University.
  • Pepperdine University School of Management found that "living in an authentic manner — meaning acknowledging and appropriately expressing one’s actual feelings, thoughts, and desires -- requires acknowledging one’s fear and risks and moving forward anyway when the cause merits action" by reviewing studies on courage.
  • Looking after yourself and managing your energy by practicing visualizations and positive self-affirmations leads to greater success, according to a study conducted on Olympic athletes.
  • Research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that courage is a habit that can be built by repeatedly practicing acts of bravery.


We suggest continuing this research by:
1) Creating 3-5 additional case studies of known people that have impacted society by unleashing their inner brilliance. For each story we will explain what imperfections the person had to accept and what was the result of him/her rising above perceived limitations. (3 hours, $87)
2) Finding 10-12 statistics and studies on how owning dreams, becoming courageous, embracing imperfections, looking after oneself and creating a strong circle of support leads to success and positive results. (3 hours, $87)