“The Real State of the Veteran-Owned Business World” (I Promise Not To Make You Sick)

A comment was made to me several months ago by a Fortune 500 top-level executive. I was approaching them on the subject of my own company and before I could describe it, this is what he said, “John, I know you’re a veteran, so please don’t take offense…but, if I see another apparel, coffee, or gadget veteran start-up business, I’m going to get sick!” He actually used the S-word. Sheepishly, I chuckled because he was speaking of me as well. But, oh boy, I was miffed inside. I so wanted to react and let him have it. I wanted to defend my veteran brothers, sisters, and myself who had the courage to believe in something bigger than ourselves AND to start a business of …

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“Living A Life in 3D” (Tactics that Work)

[Definition: A drill sergeant is a symbol of excellence in initial entry army training, an expert in all warrior tasks and battle-drills, lives the Army values, exemplifies the warrior ethos, and most importantly- is the epitome of the Army as a profession.]

I remember the first time I heard something poignant about the realities of life. It was when I was an Army recruit going through my Basic Training and it came from a drill sergeant. Here’s the story: My platoon had once again found itself half right, face and holding the front-lean-and-rest position in a muddy field. The Senior Drill Sergeant with his cadre nearby was giving us another ration of his philosophy about life. It was nothing but …

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