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Living on Higher Ground: How to Live With Passion, Motivation, And Joy [Paperback]

Paul Lawrence Vann

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April 14 2005 Living on Higher Ground
Living on Higher Ground How to live with passion, motivation, and joy A salute to the military life

You can have goals and you can have greatness. This is the story of having both.

Who chooses the military life, and why do they stay? Living on Higher Ground is a long-awaited inside look at the call of duty and lifelong rewards of the military experience, from a man who has lived it all. From his boyhood beginnings in rural North Carolina to his commission in the United States Air Force and his rise to the Pentagon, author Paul Lawrence Vann shows us a clear path to success we can each follow. This inspiring story of close family ties, clear thinking, challenges, losses, friendship, and faith, shows you how to explore the terrain of your own greatest potential-in the military or any life path.

This book is a national treasure.

Learn how you can:

See beyond your current circumstances
Recognize the defining moments in your life
Make every decision count
Build a legacy of friendship wherever you go
Believe in something greater than yourself-and serve it

Includes 26 quick-step action plans for living with passion and purpose in your life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories and practical action steps June 5 2006
By Lynn M. Griesemer - Published on Amazon.com
I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Lawrence Vann on May 6, 2006. It took me just three weeks to read his book and immediately begin applying some of his suggestions, all of which are helping me make improvements. I am definitely seeing and experiencing results.

I like the way Paul shares personal stories and short anecdotes to illustrate his points. Many motivational and self-help books are "flowery" and make you feel good; Paul is honest and tells the reader that it will take effort - sometimes tremendous effort - to make important changes. He inspires and gives you practical ideas on how to implement positive changes. His life story is fascinating and his is a man of high moral character, which gives the book and his message a lot of credibility.

Although this book is written with military personnel in mind, I found it very easy to adapt his strategies to my life (I am not currently in the military).

This is an excellent book and would have gotten five stars from me, but I was distracted by the lack of a high quality editing job.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those aspiring to achieve greatness July 25 2005
By Keith J. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Paul Vann is a true hero for those aspiring to achieve greatness. Through the use of personal stories, both triumphs and tragedies, Paul Vann demonstrates with passion, motivation, and joy how to obtain one's goals in life. From being raised in poverty to retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Paul Vann suffered setbacks, but by focusing on his goals, and with divine intervention, he has obtained and is living his dreams. The book is divided into 13 important and distinct periods in his life. At the end of each Chapter, Paul Vann asks the reader to reach into his or her heart and write down what's important -- to create an Action Plan. Each Action Plan serves as a guideline, a plan to review periodically, a goal to achieve. By following your own Action Plan, you too can achieve greatness, whatever greatness means to you -- Paul Vann has confidence in you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living on Higher Ground Aug. 8 2005
By Vera L. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
"Living on Higher Ground" is a moving story of one man's personal journey through life and his burning desire to rise above his humble beginnings to obtain a better life for himself. Through hard work, faith and perseverance, Vann triumphs, building a successful military career and family life. This book is a testament to the fact that each of us is the architect of our own life and the master of our destiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Footsteps to a "Higher Ground" July 12 2005
By Chris Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Each of us seeks direction, motivation, and support as we travel life's journey. "Living on Higher Ground" is Paul Vann's personal account of his successful accomplishments. His journey is insightful, delightful, and encouraging. He weaves a multitude of stories, experiences, and people into an enjoyable account of his outstanding success. I was both motivated and inspired after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - straightforward, inspirational, and motivating July 19 2005
By B.C. Leuyer - Published on Amazon.com
Paul Lawrence Vann genuinely shares his life experiences and successes. His motivation and drive leaves us all with a sense of determination and a clear path in which to follow. This book is definitely an inspiration and a must read for those who are success oriented.

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