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"Get The Prize is one of those rare gems in the personal development field that speaks to your mind, heart and soul. In this extremely well-written, highly relatable book, Larry Hehn provides the blueprint for phenomenal achievement and the encouragement you need to start, persist and finish your own personal race. Apply Larry's nine keys to victory and you'll be on the way to living the extraordinary life you were meant to live." Jeff Keller Author, Attitude is Everything
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Studio: Word Alive
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2003
Publisher Word Alive Press
ISBN 1894928261 ISBN13 9781894928267
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More About Larry Hehn
Humorist Will Rogers once observed, "There are three kinds of men - ones that learn by reading, a few who learn by observation, and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves."
Though he has never braved a real electric fence, Larry understands the above metaphor all too well. His life is more a series of clumsy learning experiences than a polished "how-to" manual.
Remarkably, God has called Larry to share these slices of imperfection and accumulated wisdom with readers from over thirty countries around the world - those fortunate souls who prefer to learn through reading and observation.
Larry's first book, Get the Prize, was published in 2003. He is currently writing his second book, expected to be released in 2010.
Larry writes and speaks with humor, humility and the passion for all to know that God loves us and is always ready to welcome us back with open arms. No matter how many times we have peed on the electric fence.
Larry lives in Canada with his wife and four children.
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An Inspiring Book Dec 14, 2005
"Make a point of always knowing why you do what you do. Choose the high road and do everything you can to get you closer to the person you were meant to become. Drop all activities that keep you from getting there. Make every moment count. Live a life of purpose." ~ Larry Hehn ~
There are so many beautiful things that inspire me and this book is one of them. This inspiring book gave me renewed encouragement to attain my ultimate goals and aspirations in life. Mr. Larry Hehn, an accomplished speaker, excellent author and a creative illustrator, did a superb job in writing this inspirational and motivational book. He not only outlined the most important factors in achieving a life of victory by way of nine steps, but also citing examples from his own personal experiences. The nine keys are as follow:
1. Choose 2. Become Like Little Children 3. Ask 4. Commit 5. Do Everything 6. Work At It With All Your Heart 7. Sharpen 8. Sow Generously 9. Let Your Light Shine
The first key is all about the choices we make with regard to our attitudes, habits and relationships. It's always been a part of my philosophy to look at things at a positive perspective. There's nothing like having a positive frame of mind, good habits and dignified relationship, interaction and rapport with people that we interact not only on a day-to-day basis but in the course of our lives be it our friends, our co-workers, our families and loved ones.
One of the most inspiring key is to "commit." Mr. Hehn talks about commitments in following our dreams, personal growth and ultimately the satisfaction and fulfillment of our dreams.
"What is commitment, anyway?" the author asked. "It's pushing beyond your comfort zone. It's focusing on the prize and not the effort. It's earning the respect of others and causing untold resources to come available that you never knew existed. It's stepping out of faith and knowing that you are on your way to living a life of purpose and significance." When we commit to something, we should put not only our minds but also our hearts and souls to it a hundred percent.
Chapter Five is about doing everything with specific intent even when you don't feel like it and even when you think you can't. I always make it a point to go an extra-mile to the things I want to do and I give 110% to everything I set my mind on, be it my own personal projects or projects that are work-related. In line with the next topic which is Chapter Six and all about our jobs, working hard and working smart, I have an excellent work ethic and I'm a workaholic. I can't stand being idle. I'd rather be busy as a bee than being idle and doing nothing. And I have always admired friends and co-workers who have excellent work ethics, and have set goals for themselves and knew exactly what they want and where they are heading to.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" ~ Philippians 4:18 ~
The above quote is one of my favorite verses from the Holy Bible. There are times when I think of the things that are so impossible and hard to do or accomplish. All I have to do is to ponder on the above verse coupled with my earnest prayers and everything will turn out smoothly and voila - a job well done! There's nothing that can really stop us from doing the things that we truly want to do. If at first we don't succeed, don't be discouraged. It's not the end of the world! Try again until we have succeeded and we'll be surprised that each attempt to succeed comes with renewed enthusiasm and dedication.
"If we do all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." ~ Thomas Edison ~
Chapter Eight is about "Sowing Generously." Mr. Hehn believes that sowing generously means sowing wisely, willingly and unselfishly. I totally agree with him and this is one of the best chapters in this wonderful book. I firmly believe in what Mr. Hehn has written -- "We reap what we sow." The same is true with - "If you want people to treat you with respect, you need to treat yourself and others with respect."
And the last chapter is about letting your light shine through by taking into consideration all these principles, studying them, applying them and teaching them through example.
I wholeheartedly recommended this inspiring book for your reading pleasure. It's a must-read! It's such a good book to be missed out. It's also a great gift not only this Christmas but for any occasions. You'll love all of Mr. Hehn's examples and personal experiences cited as well as the remarkable quotations, Biblical and otherwise.
"In a race, all runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run in such a way as to get the prize." ~ Larry Hehn ~
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A short, quick and compelling look at how to really live. Mar 27, 2005
I was most struck by the profound similarities between the journey the author took, resulting in this book, with where I find myself today and where I want to be. The short quote on the back cover states this: "Like many of us, Larry Hehn avoided "the Prize" for years. Rather than use his unique talents to pursue his true vocation, he traded the full use of his gifts for the false security of a predictable income". That grabbed my attention.
The book itself is simple, and straightforward, but often it is in simplicity where we find truth. He addresses very basic philosophies that impact our lives, including choosing our attitude, recapturing child like wonder, acknowledging our weaknesses, taking risks, and how to take others with us by sowing generously and selflessly.
The book contains sections in the manner of a workbook, where you can write in personal views and answer some of the direct questions posed. The formatting allows one to read the whole book quickly, or take a quick section in a few minutes and work through it. It would be an ideal book for a study group to take on a section a week.
I found the tone to be light and encouraging, while at the same time direct and motivating. Sometimes wisdom comes in simple packaging, and here is a great example of that concept in practice.
A pearl of great price... Dec 23, 2004
I must confess that I am not really a fan of `self-help' books of this sort - I suppose it is that I jaded a bit by too many `infomercials' telling me how to get rich quick if I'll only do this or that, so I always approach books such as this one with more than a little bit of suspicion. Happily, this is a book that is not promising a get-rich-quick scheme; indeed, it doesn't promise riches (in terms of material wealth) at all, but looks for something far more valuable and long lasting, that is, personal fulfillment.
Author Larry Hehn describes in the stories here some of his own struggles in life with overcome unhelpful attitudes and self-defeating personal practices. He identifies nine key principles toward getting `the prize' - the ultimate prize is most likely a life worth living, but in fact Hehn lets each reader decide for herself or himself what the prize truly is. Hehn derives these nine principles largely from Biblical texts and ideas, but they are more generally applicable, as the reader will discover, and are certainly not tied to any particular denominational framework.
The first principle is that of Choosing - you get to choose, not just your prize and what you work toward, but all through life each step of the way. Will your attitude be positive or negative? Will you approach set-backs as challenges or as obstacles? Choosing the right thing needs to become a matter of habit - as Hehn writes, no one gains 20 pounds of unwanted weight overnight, but rather through a long-term succession of dietary choices; our choices similarly add up to making us who we are.
Supplementing the narrative text about choosing attitude, habits, and relationships, Hehn includes questions for reflection (with space for writing the answers in the book), pull-quote boxes with passages from the Bible and other important texts and thinkers, as well as graphics that are simple, humourous and meaningful.
Each of the nine principles proceeds in a similar fashion. The principles include becoming like little children, asking, committing, doing everything, working with one's whole heart, getting sharpened, sowing generously, and letting your light shine. Some of these principles sound easy, and in fact are easy, from a conceptual standpoint. Of course commitment is required. Of course one should ask (`ask, and it shall be given'). But putting these principles into practice requires dedication and perseverance.
Some of these concepts may seem difficult - just what does `doing everything' mean? Who has the time? Hehn's gentle descriptions and encouragements show how the reader can make a change from getting by in life to becoming fully engaged, to become wholeheartedly involved and do everything required for particular tasks and for long-range goals.
Each of us has stories in life that can be instructive - Hehn's stories for me helped me to revisit my own history, finding parallel examples in my life that could work as motivational examples or instructional warnings. It is a worthwhile book for personal as well as group work, working toward making life more full and headed toward the prize.
Good Motivational Book for Christians Dec 3, 2004
This is an inspirational book for Christians. It's not too deep, but balanced with something for babes in Christ and the more mature believers. Larry offers Scriptural exhortation and prudent advice on persevering in the race of life, and walking in faith. We are to strive for excellence in all things. As Ecclesiastes states, "Whatsoever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might..." We as believers have to live, and be salt and light to the world. Being a Christian is not a call to hide in the closet or hide in a monastery. Perhaps my only criticism would be lack of focus on the fact that we don't always get to do what we want in life. Phillipians 4:19 really means we can endure whatever comes are way through Christ, not that we set the race on our own terms. You have to qualify that verse by the preceding verses. All things considered, it's a novel and succinct little read. A thumbs up to author Larry Hehn.
"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." -Hebrews 12:1
Motivation and Inspirational Aug 19, 2004
Written in an easy to read and smooth style, author Larry Hehn gives nine points, each broken down in chapter form, on how to live a life of victory. I've read many of these types of books (trying to glean something from each) for it's very true that "an unexamined life is not worth living."
I am not sure who I'm quoting there, but it's so true. I would give a hardy recommendation to any looking to make improvements in their life to pick up a copy of this book and do some self reflecting. I know that there was much in here, especially for a book worm like myself, that won't be brand new advice, but there's always something to gain from reading well thought out words of wisdom. Sometimes you just need to hear things put a certain way for them to ring a bell inside your head.
I'd give this one a strong recommendation for using as a gift to the high school grad or the college student, I wish I'd had more of this kind of wisdom placed into my brain when I was younger, it might have made a big difference over time, often small changes, small habits, over time, can make or break certain dreams and visions.
Hehn uses some Biblical wisdom, but never in a preachy way, and lots of sports analogies (which are universal enough even non-sports people will catch his meanings). There are many little stories from his personal life and they made the book read more like someone was telling you a little bit about himself than someone was trying to "teach" something, which made a big difference in it's readability.
Lastly, I came away with the impression that Larry Hehn is a genuine nice guy and his work here was intended to help others.