Read the Book "Polish Your Star" by Valerie Bérubé

Volumes One and Two


For individuals seeking to grow in their careers, and for organizations seeking to retain their best talent, this two-volume book series transforms talented people into extraordinary leaders.

Volume one begins with deep personal development starting with resetting the brain from self-sabotaging behaviors, then continues with building self awareness, improving communication, and understanding human behavior.

Volume two continues with wisdom and rational thinking, the GEMS model of leadership, and self-care education to empower your leadership with vibrant health and energy. These books consists of a two-volume series, and contains three minute, daily lessons and exercises easily fitting into anyone’s busy life.

Foreword Authors


Kane Minkus, and his wife Alessia, are #1 Global Business Coaches, serving over 3 million clients in over 25 countries. Kane authored the forward in Polish Your Star, Volume One.

“This book is a brilliant guide through the exploration of the mind of great leadership, twisting and turning with dimensions of tactical and strategic suggestions.”


Colonel John Boggs, USMC (Ret), is the founder of Fortitude Consulting, LLC serving clients such as Lockheed Martin, Nationwide Insurance, and Department of Defense agencies.  John authored the forward in Polish Your Star, Volume Two.

“Valerie’s Polish Your Star—Volume 2 is a book of Wisdom. It is a book that, although intended for the new leader, should be read and reread by all of us in leadership positions.”



Kevin Harrington is the Inventor of the Infomericial, a best-selling author of several business books, and Original Investor Shark in the television show Shark Tank.

Polish Your Star is one of the biggest bangs for your buck to improve morale, decrease turnover, and boost performance in your business. Give a copy to everyone, cover one lesson a day with a short huddle, then watch the magic happen.”


Paul is President of The John Maxwell Team, an elite group of certified leadership coaches mentored by the #1 leadership expert in the world, John Maxwell.  He is an internationally acclaimed entrepreneur who has shared the stage with such leadership greats as Les Brown, Zig Ziglar and Jack Canfield. 

“Super easy to read, well written and inspiring.  You’ll not only lead yourself better, you’ll have the confidence and courage to lead others as a parent, sibling, friend, co-worker, manager, or subordinate employee.  You’ll learn how you can lead from wherever you are in your life, and make a difference.”


Major General Juan Ayala, USMC (Ret) served 36 years in the Marine Corps, commanded all 24 Marine Corps installations worldwide, led the Department of Defense’s 2015 Warrior Games assisting the nation’s wounded, ill and injured warriors in their recuperative efforts.  He is currently the Director of Military Affairs in San Antonio, Texas.

“In a world where technology and the tyranny of distance continue to depersonalize how we engage, teach and manage others, Polish Your Star brings you back to the fundamentals of leadership by emphasizing my favorite saying which is applicable in both the military and corporate worlds—Our business is not personal, it is intensely personal…Valerie Berube’s highly successful service as a United States Marine and civilian work experience comes through clearly in her accurate assessments of building junior leaders early and from the ground up, removing the word “can’t” from our vocabulary, staying focused on what is important, and being empowered to confidently navigate life with positive results and grace, no matter your background and no matter what setbacks you face. I strongly recommend that senior leaders who are looking to maximize their organizations’ young talent make Polish Your Star a must read.“


Helen was a co-founder of iRobot Corp, and internationally acclaimed serial entrepreneur.  In 2014, she was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Leadership (PAGE) by US President, Barack Obama and US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

“Make every day count with these great lessons from Berube’s 30+ years of leadership experience.  Easy to read one ‘star’ a day, or from cover to cover.“

Here's a sneak peek:

Polish Your Star – Three Minute Daily Lessons to Becoming an Extraordinary Leader, offers powerful, three minute daily lessons to prepare you for greater career progression, personal influence, and leading in a demanding world. Designed for aspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, and seasoned professionals transitioning into a new field. Volume one builds the foundation to understand the advanced material presented in volume two.

In volume one, you will:

  • Understand why hard work and education does not guarantee success, and what else is necessary to achieve more in life.
  • Create your own unique, power tool to sustain your long-term motivation for achieving success.
  • Boost your personal and social awareness so you can respond to stressful situations more favorably.
  • Learn to leverage the “presence” in every conversation, and the Three Laws of the Automatic Mind in your favor.
  • Find out why you get along with some people, and not with others, and how to navigate personalities.
  • Identify your hot buttons that cause you to react unfavorably and possibly sabotage yourself.
  • Learn several valuable techniques for staying cool under pressure.
  • Discover the seven evil dwarves that will train-wreck your leadership growth.
  • Refine your communication skills for greater power and influence.
  • Know the hard-wired human brain traits to understand why people behave the way they do.
  • Improve your response to perceived threats and learn to see the opportunities.
  • Identify the kind of people to stay close to, and the kind to avoid.
  • Understand willpower, grit, attraction, and more…