From Eye Specialist in the US Army to Entrepreneur: Transforming Military Training into Successful Business Ownership

As a former Eye Specialist (68Y) in the US Army, I have had the opportunity to gain a diverse set of skills that have helped me transition into the world of entrepreneurship. My days in basic training taught me discipline, focus, and perseverance, all traits that are crucial for success as a business owner. After basic training, I was sent to advanced skills training, where I learned the ins and outs of being an Eye Specialist, including how to perform eye exams, diagnose eye diseases, and perform eye surgeries. These skills are unique to my military training and have helped me excel in the business world.

One of the ways my military training has translated into entrepreneurship is in my ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively. As an Eye Specialist, I was responsible for managing a busy patient schedule, performing surgeries, and keeping up with the latest advancements in eye care. This experience has translated into my current business as I am able to handle multiple responsibilities and stay organized while balancing a busy schedule.

Another skill I learned in the military that has been invaluable in entrepreneurship is the ability to work under pressure. In the military, I was required to make quick decisions in high-stress situations, and this training has prepared me for the challenges that come with starting and running a business. The pressure and time constraints I faced as a specialist have helped me to handle challenges with confidence and a calm demeanor.

A third area where my military training has helped me in entrepreneurship is in my ability to communicate effectively. In the military, clear and concise communication is essential, and I have honed this skill to be able to effectively communicate with clients, employees, and business partners. This ability to communicate effectively has been a critical factor in my success as a business owner.

Finally, my military training has taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration. In the military, I worked as part of a team, and this experience has helped me to foster positive working relationships with my employees. By creating a positive work environment, I have been able to motivate my employees and increase productivity, which has led to the success of my business.

In conclusion, my military training as an Eye Specialist has given me a unique set of skills that have helped me to succeed in entrepreneurship. From managing multiple tasks and working under pressure, to effective communication and teamwork, my military experience has provided me with the tools I need to succeed in the business world. If you are a veteran looking to transition into entrepreneurship, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization offers resources and support for veterans looking to start a business, and I have found their support to be invaluable in my journey as a business owner.