The Origin Story
Anatomy of a Warrior is the historic book and project of Alexander J. Lanshe.
The book was birthed from one, powerful question: What virtues and characteristics must a person possess to live like and be successful as a protector and a warrior?
After pondering this question for much of his 20 year martial training career, Alexander decided to see if anyone had written a book about the inner virtues of a warrior heart. To his surprise, he could not find one, definitive work that captured this aspect of the warrior experience.
Frustrated with his findings and wanting to provide the resource he sought to warriors and protectors of the world, Alexander set out to write the definitive book on the subject. He envisioned it as a manual of the warrior heart that current and future protectors could reference for all time to discover what kind of internal virtue they should strive for to be successful as a protector.
Immediately upon resolving to do this project, Alexander hit a roadblock - how was he was going to write the definitive work when he was limited to his own experiences?
The answer came from a visit with one of his mentors. Alexander drove from Akron, OH to Nashville, TN in the cold winter of January 2014, to meet with one of his trusted mentors. It was this mentor who suggested the interview method to assemble the information Alexander wanted.
Armed with this new method and framework, Alexander resolved to interview 100 professional protectors for the book. But how would he get the interviews started?
Alexander decided he'd start at the top. He bought a ticket to Lt. Col. David Grossman's, "Bulletproof Mind" seminar in Lima, OH. After gifting the Col. with a copy of his first book, Warrior Attitude: 21 Ways to think and Act like a Warrior That Will Transform Your Outlook on Life, he asked the Col. If he would like to be interviewed for Alexander’s newest book project. The Col. Agreed.
The Col. Not only agreed, but referred Alexander to 8 top leaders in the protection industry at the conclusion of the interview. The rest is history.
Each interview snowballed into more and more referrals until Alexander was receiving more referrals than he could handle.
Realizing the interviews he was doing had immense value and not wanting them to end with the book, Alexander started the Warrior Virtue Project - an ongoing project of research, study and information acquisition through personal interviews designed to bring the many virtues and characteristics of the warrior heart into the light so that more people can become protectors.
Alexander has interviewed men and women from all walks of the protector spectrum - Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Police Officers, Air Force Fighter Pilots, Government Agents, Writers, Authors, Scientists, Marines, Executive Protectors, Coast Guard, Real-world violence survivors, and even Firefighters and EMT's (click here for full interviewee list)
Through the interview process, Alexander captured and distilled the 7 virtues that were most commonly cited by these 100 protectors into the contents of the book. His goal is that each and every person who chooses to live as a warrior and protector (professionally or unprofessionally) reads this book to discover the type of person they should strive to be so that they may protect and preserve human lives to the best of their ability.
Alexander continues to serve as a protector by sharing the warrior virtues with private citizens and businesses via professional speeches, live training seminars, courses, programs & bootcamps as well as his personal blog (The All Thoughts Martial Blog) which is added to every Wednesday.
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Alexander J. Lanshe; Author of Anatomy of a Warrior™; CEO and Founder of Alexander Lanshe LLC
The Mission - Why Alexander wrote this book in his own words:
"To provide a blueprint of the virtues of the warrior heart so that more people can rise up and become protectors professionally or in their personal life.
I firmly believe that being a protector is a choice and that our nation and this world needs more protectors to ensure its survival - both in the professional and civilian realms.
I believe that having a virtuous heart is just as important to the success of a protector as is good training. This book lays out what virtues serve to make a protector successful.
Virtue is the consistent, repetitive external manifestation of interior movements of the heart.
It is my belief that if this country has more protectors with the right kind of virtuous heart, we can save and create a future worth living and dying for."
Alexander J. Lanshe