Success Story

Our success story in Chapter 7 is former stunt performer Bobby Holland Hanton who can be seen in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, such as Thor, Extraction and James Bond movies. You can find out more about Bobby at:




People or stories included

Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian President – Офіційне інтернет-представництво Президента України ( /

Malala Yousafzai –

The unknown protestor of Tiananmen Square –

Rosa Parks –

John A. Shedd: ‘A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.’ –

Aristotle: ‘Criticism is something you can easily avoid – by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.’ –

Mencius –

Former US president Theodore Roosevelt: ‘Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.’ –

Rose McGowan –

#SiulLiom, from the Irish for ‘I walk with her’ – New York Times article

Harvard Business Review journalist Diane Coutu’s piece on resilience:

Anthony Menendez the whistle blower at Halliburton:

Marek Edelman, a leader of the Jewish uprising who worked in Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto:

Kim Liao’s article: ‘Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year’:

Els Visser, the Dutch doctor (and now triathlon) who had to swim to safety from a sinking boat:

Tiger Woods:

Dwayne Johnson AKA ‘The Rock’:

Studies discussed

The study of the personality traits of American soldiers who fought in the Korean War: Gal, R. (1995). Personality and intelligence in the military. In D. H. Saklofske & M. Zeidner (Eds.), International handbook of personality and intelligence (pp. 727–735). New York: Plenum Press

Studies of armed forces that found brave behaviours tend to be amplified most by those with strong social traits: positive group interaction encourages courage: Rachman, S. J. (1990). Fear and courage (2nd Ed.). New York: Freeman.

Negative side effects of whistle-blowing in business: Baucus, M. S., & Dworkin, T. M. (1998). Wrongful firing in violation of public policy: An empirically based model of the process. Group & Organization Management23(4), 347-389.

The 1999 study finding that 90 per cent would whistle-blow again if required: Rothschild, J., & Miethe, T. D. (1999). Whistle-blower disclosures and management retaliation: The battle to control information about organization corruption. Work and occupations26(1), 107-128.

Study finding that being educated about ethics can have a strong effect on moral courage: May, D. R., Luth, M. T., & Schwoerer, C. E. (2014). The influence of business ethics education on moral efficacy, moral meaningfulness, and moral courage: A quasi-experimental study. Journal of Business Ethics124(1), 67-80.

MBA students who study ethics in business take moral courage into the workplace: Glenn, J. R. (1992). Can a business and society course affect the ethical judgment of future managers?. Journal of Business Ethics11(3), 217-223.

The brain-drain strategy study: Ramirez, G., & Beilock, S. L. (2011). Writing about testing worries boosts exam performance in the classroom. science331(6014), 211-213.