Journey through this book with the help of the Mind Detective: it will lead you
into your own mind!
One of six children, Shirley Yanez was born and raised in poverty on a council estate
in Leicester in the 1950s. She received no formal education and would later discover
that she was dyslexic. She would go on to use her innate confidence, unbreakable
self-belief and indestructible drive to escape her difficult start in life, finally
reaching the top of the money and power mountain within the hyper-capitalist world
of Wall Street and the City of London finance.
She became a self-made millionaire in the 1990s through building a global financial
headhunting firm, moving bankers and trading teams around the world. However, she
found herself miserable and empty, entangled in a world of money, sex, drugs and
power. Disillusioned with her life at the top in 2000, she gave up her business,
put all her money in the stock market and moved to Hollywood, marrying a total stranger
on a whim. Three months after she moved to Los Angeles, the dot.com bubble burst,
and she lost her millions. In 2005, she had a near-death experience which left her
stranded, homeless, penniless and dying in a shelter in Compton, one of the most
dangerous places in the US.
Today, 18 years on, Shirley is back safely at home in the UK. Healthy and happy,
she has reinvented herself as the Mind Detective. She is back on top with her purpose
and passion restored, successfully running a new kind of ethical, sustainable fashion
brand: Venus Cow, built on a £300 government business loan. The business is a social
enterprise that helps fund one of her key missions, free talk-therapy work with
the homeless and addicted.
During her incredible and unimaginable life-changing experience, Shirley began to
read the teachings of an earlier 'mind detective', Carl Jung. Using this vital resource,
Shirley was able to work herself out of a mental health hell. She went on to self-actualise
this new life she deserves and loves.
The Mind Detective is not just another self-help book: it is the story of someone
who battled against the odds to climb out of the gutter, reach the top, fall to
the bottom again and rise back to the top as the truly enlightened, happy and fulfilled
person she was always meant to be.
It takes depression to understand depression. It takes addiction to know addiction.
It takes courage to admit failure. It takes reaching the bottom to find out what
really matters in life. It takes near-death to realise what happiness is. Shirley
knows this, because she survived herself to finally find herself.