The Hero’s Choice:
Leading From the Inside Out

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Donald moved forward to the edge of his chair. “The truth is, Hal, you won’t get beyond this event, or any such troubling situation, until you own up to your choices.” He raised his eyebrows. “Are you ready to do that?”

Hal felt uneasy. He got up and walked to the picture window, staring with unseeing eyes at the landscape before him. The decision he made now would set his course for the days ahead. Could he be honest? Was he willing to be accountable? Make new choices? Persist when the going got tough?

Many minutes passed before he turned back to Donald. “Okay, I’m ready. Now what?”

(Excerpt from The Hero’s Choice: Leading from the Inside Out, p. 100)


Hi, I’m Roger K. Allen, Ph.D. and author of The Hero’s Choice: Leading from the Inside Out. In my 30+ years of professional work, I’ve discovered that lots of people are not satisfied with their lives and yet are waiting for something “out there” to change.

Waiting for “out there” to change doesn’t work.

If you want to improve your life then you’d better step up to your responsibility. The bottom line is that facts, circumstances, and events do not define you. Your willingness to accept personal responsibility and consistently make good choices determines your fate, the quality and outcomes of your life.

The Hero’s Choice will teach you how.

Book Testimonials

The Hero’s Choice is a compelling story that will teach you to live from the inside out rather than the outside in; to make choices, day in and day out, consistent with your highest self. I highly recommend it for anyone committed to living with purpose and meaning.”Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit


“This is a very powerful and compelling story. It will make you smile and it will also move you to tears. The writing style and story line reminds me of Og Mandino’s books. If you love his books you will surely love this one.”

John Chancellor, mentor and coach; founder of Teach the Soul and top Amazon reviewer


“Pure delight! The Hero’s Choice is a timeless metaphor. A mysterious stranger guides the hero with practical wisdom, in the tradition of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and the master in Illusions by Richard Bach. Textured with layers of insight, this fictional drama resonates with a depth and beauty comparable to The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. The Hero’s Choice thoughtfully lifts not only the spirit, but reveals a way to live decently, compassionately, and happily.”

Charol Messenger, a book doctor, and author of The New Humanity and I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can


“Dr. Allen has written a powerful story about a man who sheds his preoccupation with ego and learns to live from integrity, courage and love. It beautifully illustrates how a person who discovers his soul can bring out the best in everyone around him. It’s a story of true leadership.”

Dr. Lance Secretan, award winning columnist, speaker, coach, consultant and author of One: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership


The Hero’s Choice teaches a new way of being within the workplace—a way of being based on authenticity, accountability, honesty and love. It will teach and inspire each of us to make our companies great places to work.”

Larry Wilson, founder of Wilson Learning and author of Play to Win: Choosing Growth over Fear in Work and Life and Changing the Game: The New Way to Sell


“Brilliant! I got chills reading it. Dr. Allen’s engaging story reveals simple steps that transform enormous, stressful trials into peaceful and productive encounters. I wish I had been exposed to these invaluable principles long ago. This is a powerful book that will change lives.”

Alfred T. Zirkle, international speaker and president of IndustryPro

“Allen’s writing is compelling and penetrating. His character development is superb. I found myself experiencing intense dislike, compassion, mistrust, and ultimate empathy with each major player in the story. The novel contains a perfect balance of instruction and creative story telling. Allen has established a new level of life coaching in The Hero’s Choice.”

Richard R. Blake, Co-founder of Christian Education Resources and top Amazon reviewer


“After many years of counselors and reading and trying various methods, this is the one that made sense. A clear path to peace. I’m doing the workbook now. If you’re ready for the truth about yourself, buy the book and get busy.”

Kevin Whittington


“This one is a must-read book for anyone who has felt that his or her life could be lived more effectively, more honestly, more joyfully. I loved this book. It made me laugh and made me cry. It was powerful and uplifting. Who thought self-improvement could be so enjoyable? I lost sleep because I could not put it down. The story of Hal Stratton teaches so effectively because it lets you experience and understand solid principles throught Hal’s life, family, challenges and choices. Read it. You will be glad you did. It is an uplifting, moving force for good.”

Mark Sabey


“An inspiring tale that celebrates the power of possibility and human potential. A must-read for anyone traversing the whitewater of involuntary career transition.”

Jan Austin, founder of Coach U. training program and author of What No One Ever Tells You about Leading for Results


“I like self-help books and read them fairly often but I’ve never read one where I became so involved because of the story and found it as helpful as The Hero’s Choice: Leading From the Inside Out.”

Amazon Reviewer


“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and believable. What the main characters go through is so close to what many people are experiencing in real life right now, I had to keep reminding myself this is just a novel, not reality. I began the book during my daily public transportation commute but soon found 20-minute chunks of reading time were not sufficient. I finished the book on my third night because I could no longer stand to put it down. I loved the resolution and the plot. I’m ready for a sequel!”

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