I am in the middle of a project to help U.S. Army Green Berets transition to civil society.

The project is called Next Ridgeline , sponsored by the Green Beret Foundation – it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve been involved with in a very long time.

One of the primary pillars of this program is helping the Warrior re-direct his passion and purpose into something as good or greater than the unbelievable sense of fulfillment that came from being a Green Beret.

For me, I knew I would be a Green Beret when I was 14 years old and it never changed.  This sense of higher purpose and destiny is in many of us.  It’s just who we are.

Ignoring our passion and settling for something else is dangerous to our spirit and cheats America out of what we have to offer her and our citizens as we return home to live in peace.

The other day someone suggested that maybe I should spend less time talking about re-directing passion and more time on just helping Green Berets find jobs.  After all, that’s what’s most important.

Really?!

I have to call BS on that one.  Every Green Beret I’ve ever known in my 23 years of Army service were high performers who didn’t settle for anything but chasing their dreams and being the best.  To leave that out of the rest of our lives is a tragedy waiting to be written.  I am convinced that it’s at the heart of many of the problems facing our Veterans today – Warriors settling because they are not sure what else to do.

To all of them, I tell you this…go BIG.  You’ve spent your adult life risking your Ass for God and Country.  You’ve cut your teeth being audacious and taking risk.  Transition is not the time to be timid.

Keep close to your Brotherhood and your belief in yourself.  You have earned these new dreams.  These new passions are yours forged in blood, sweat, and tears.  You and your Family – this is your time – your time to dream big and act BIGGER.

This link is for you and I hope that it inspires all who watch it (Green Beret or not) to re-examine where you are in your life.  I hope it leads you to re-set your internal compass, and stoke that fire in your belly – and go after your dreams.

You only get one shot at life and the dreams you take to the grave are a life unfilled.

Join us at www.greenberetfoundation.org.

De Oppresso Liber.

Scott Mann

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Scott Mann has spent most of his entire adult life leaving tracks, and his mission in life is to help others do the same. His Dad, Rex Mann, refers to this as giving back to causes higher than yourself. He doesn’t know why he loves it so, but he does. He has served our great country for 23 years in the U.S. Army, most of that as a Green Beret doing missions all over the world. He fought three combat tours in Afghanistan, as well as in many other conflict zones such as Iraq and Colombia. His last few years in the Army, he was an architect and original implementer of the Special Operations Village Stability Operations (VSO)/Afghan Local Police (ALP) programs in Afghanistan. He also designed and implemented the popular SOCOM Academic Week training courses. Scott has commanded troops at several levels. At his last rank, lieutenant colonel, he made the tough decision to pass on his promotion to colonel and pursue other passions. It was one of the toughest but most rewarding choices he ever made. He is now the founder and CEO of the Stability Institute, where they broker knowledge and connecting stability professionals on complex stability issues around the globe. In concert with Institute President Howard Clark, he has built a vast network of stability practitioners who collaborate on unique solutions for government organizations, large corporations and even small businesses and individuals. As an entrepreneur, he built a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio and property management company with his brother, who is his best friend and partner. They buy, turn around, and operate mobile home communities all over the state of North Carolina. He is blessed to put his entrepreneurial experience to use by mentoring transitioning Green Berets and other veterans in reaching their goals and dreams in the civilian sector. As an advocate, he is also the founder/CEO of Patriot Families, a nonprofit organization helping military families and wounded veterans at a grassroots level cope with the rigors of military deployments and family stress. He serves on the board of advisors for Stay in Step Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, Florida, and Spirit of America, a nonprofit supporting our warriors and diplomats with stability missions abroad. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Operational Art and Science from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He lives in Riverview, Florida with his wife Monty and their three boys Cody, Cooper, and Brayden

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