“….Human potential is nothing more than a state of mind,
and that potential is controlled by two things…”
– Edward L. Hubbard
Edward L. Hubbard, author, artist, and internationally known speaker, is dedicated
to helping others overcome any obstacle, handle any ordeal, and reach any goal by develop-
ing the correct state of mind. Building upon his adverse experiences during more than six
and one half years of captivity in North Vietnam, Ed conveys a positive message for personal
growth. After hearing his presentation, you will feel good about your country, yourself, and your
A product of the Midwest, Ed spent his childhood in the Kansas City area. At age
seventeen, he joined the Air Force Reserve and in 1962, entered active duty where he re-
ceived his navaigator wings and commission through the Aviation Cadet program.
Ed culminated a twenty-eight-year, active duty, military career in August, 1990, of which
almost 25%(six years, seven months, and 12 days) were spent as a prisoner of war. It was an
experience that truly changed his life, and as a result, the lives of countless others.
Following his release from prison in 1973, Ed completed five college degrees in
seven years, in his spare time and at night. In 1976, his concept–after only eight days of
implementation –increased the productivity of a $350 million resource by 50%. He later
inherited an organization designated “…the worst managed…” among fifty-eight units by an
Air Force audit. Within four months, he turned the unit around and demonstrated statisti-
cally significant improvement in 96% of the audited areas.
During ten years as head of the largest safety organization in the air Force, they shattered all
records. They achieved 30% to 70% improvements in all categories, where a 3% improvement
had long been the norm. His organization was recognized as “best in the Air Force” for ten
consecutive years, and a previously accepted, multi-million-dollar loss rate per year was
reduced to less than fifty-thousand dollars per year.
In 1985, Ed began motivational speaking. Following his Air force retirement in 1990, Ed
formed Positive Vectors, Inc., in order to share the lessons he learned during captivity and
authenticated by his Air Force results. Since, he has spoken to thousands of members of
corporate America, government agencies, and non-profit groups. Ed’s desire to change the
attitudes of individuals through a better understanding of true, human potential remains his
number one goal in life.
Today, Ed is an acknowledged motivational speaker, management consultant, artist, and
author. His book, “Escape from the Box: The wonder of Human Potential” was published in