From Concrete & Asphalt Operator to Entrepreneur: How My US Army Skills Paved the Way

Serving in the US Army as a Concrete & Asphalt Equipment Operator (12V) provides an individual with a unique set of skills that can be valuable in the entrepreneurial world. My experience in the military taught me discipline, leadership, and the importance of teamwork, all of which have helped me succeed as a business owner.

I remember my days in basic training as grueling but fulfilling. I learned how to work well under pressure and how to adapt to changing situations, which has been invaluable in running my own business. The advance skills training I received was equally challenging, but it was where I honed my technical skills and learned to think critically on my feet.

Now as a business owner, I find myself using those skills on a daily basis. For example, my military experience has helped me to be a better leader and manage my employees more effectively. I have also learned to think creatively and make decisions quickly, which is essential in running a successful business.

Here are the top 5 reasons why my military training has been a success in entrepreneurship:

  1. Discipline - I learned to follow procedures and stick to a schedule, which has helped me to be organized and efficient in my business dealings.

  2. Teamwork - My experience working with others in the military has helped me to foster a positive work environment and build strong relationships with my employees.

  3. Adaptability - The military teaches you to be flexible and adapt to new situations, which has been essential in navigating the ever-changing business world.

  4. Leadership - My experience in the military has equipped me with the skills to lead and motivate my employees to achieve our goals.

  5. Technical skills - The technical training I received in the military has been invaluable in helping me troubleshoot and resolve issues in my business.

If you're a veteran looking to start your own business, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides support and resources for veterans to start their own businesses and succeed in the entrepreneurial world. And as for me, I'm proud to say that my business is thriving and I couldn't have done it without the skills I learned in the military.