*This story was first published May 28, 2019 on Medium.com*
I remember the first time I uttered the words, “I’m getting out”. The response was criminal.
In case you didn’t know, the military has a really weird way of teaching you to be the “best you can be” within the confines of the organization. However, once you make clear that you no longer want to be a player in their production, you’re usually met with resistance from the very people you’re supposed to be coached and led by. For me, it was my Chief. I expressed to him my dream of finishing my degree and then moving to NYC to start my career in the media. His response? “You’re going to be homeless”.
Fortunately though, my drive and ambition out weighed his asinine comments, but they still hurt. See, the military is an escape to a better life for some and a family tradition for others. Some of us are simply bored and tired of being broke (financially and mentally). In my case, it was an interesting combination of all three. So, I had to make a rash decision in order to elevate to the next level of my life. I knew I wouldn’t stay for 20 years, but I didn’t know how my transition would come to shape the rest of my life.
Today, I am an entrepreneur.
I understand all to well the mental, financial and physical toll transition can take. Anxiety, fluctuating weight, stress, regret, etc… the list goes on.
I am here to help the next generation of Veterans live their best life, because we ALL have something special to offer the civilian workforce. Even if our Chief tells us we don’t.