Although our service in the military may come to a close, for most of us, service never truly ends. Much like the duty of networking has been a part of our kinetic targeting in operations abroad, our Cadre here are working to translate that into a business aspect. Continue reading Welcome to SF2BIZ Team Room!
All of us have significant accomplishments and accolades from our Special Forces careers. We have been able to rise up the ranks and receive awards that we did not ask for. The amount of specialized training and real-life experiences with indigenous populations is hard for others to match. We have earned the right to wear the Green Beret and have lived up to those standards on missions across the globe. All of this is nice and will make great stories for our grandkids if we are willing to share. None of this tells how we will bring value to a new organization. Continue reading We need to show how we provide value.
We are successful in our missions because we are masters of the basics. Transitioning out of the Army should be no different, it’s our new mission. So, we have to research, prepare, and master the new basics necessary for us to crush it in the private sector. Below is a task list to master before or while finding your purpose/ passion/ fire inside/ goals. Continue reading Masters of the basics. A list to master.
Transitioning Green Beret’s possess excellent skills and experiences to bring value to a new organization upon their transition out of the Army. Sharing these experiences is critical to networking and informing others about our skill sets. We all have cool war stories that we can tell. That time we were surrounded and fought our way out. Remember when we survived that ambush and pushed our partner force to continue the mission. Back in that little no-name town in X country where we got blown up by an IED and continued the mission. Infilling for an operation on a helicopter to a hot LZ and fighting our way into a village to free it from insurgents. All great stories, but what do they portray?
As much as I hate sports clichés and this will date me a little bit, but when I think of hustle, I think of Pete Rose. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” you may have seen in him in old clips bowling over the catcher at home plate or diving into second base for a double. He just happened to end his career has the all-time leader in base hits for Major League Baseball. It’s no coincidence that he got this record and hustled his a** off. I think of most guys when they get to a team and walk into the team room for the first time. They are hungry and eager to learn, to be accepted onto the team. Hopefully, they kept that attitude their entire career. That same type of hustle is needed as you transition out of the Army.
During my MBA admission interview with this awesome girl, Nishy, she brought up the point of not settling for just any job. It really resonated with me and made me think more about it on the 20-hour drive back from New Hampshire. I was supposed to fly, but we missed our flight, and I decided for the second time that I would drive to and from New Hampshire to visit the MBA program I love.
How can I tell you if something is a good fit? A former US Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart, in 1964 essentially said that he couldn’t use words to define pornography, but he knew it when he saw it. That’s the same as fit, and you will know it when you see or feel it.
This is kind of the question I asked myself approaching retirement from the Army. Honestly up until that point I had not thought of anything past my Army goals. Fortunately, through some good luck (hard work and opportunity) I was able to achieve all of my Army goals. But what next?
- WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
Networking is critical to your success in transition and filling that information gap. Whether you understand it or not, you have a knowledge gap regarding your new career. You can only learn so much from reading articles or listening to podcasts. You need to talk with a variety of people in industries that you are considering to determine the ground truth. By effectively reaching out to others and learning from their experiences, we can make informed decisions about our transition. I knew nothing about consulting, banking, tech, and the array of other industries. However, by networking, I was able to gain enough information to know what areas I’m interested in and what I’m not. By talking with people working in finance and banking, I knew it was not an area I wanted to pursue. I would not have known this without networking.
Plain and simple NO. Let me repeat it, YOU ARE NOT OWED ANYTHING! It doesn’t matter that you’re a veteran, especially a Special Forces veteran. Nothing will be given to you, just like in uniform everything will be earned through hard work and dedication. If you have any entitled expectations, then you are failing yourself, that’s not the attitude to have. You know damn well that mentality wouldn’t work in our regiment and there is no reason to adopt it now.