From Intelligence Senior Sergeant to Successful Entrepreneur: Transforming Military Skills into Business Success

As a former Intelligence Senior Sergeant (96Z) in the US Army, I had the privilege of serving my country and gaining valuable skills that I now use as an entrepreneur. Basic training taught me discipline, teamwork, and the importance of hard work, all of which have helped me greatly in my current endeavors.

During my advanced skills training, I learned the intricate details of intelligence gathering and analysis, and was able to put those skills to use as part of my job in the military. I honed my critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities, all of which are essential in running a successful business.

When I decided to transition to entrepreneurship, I was able to take those skills and apply them in my new venture. For example, the ability to analyze data and make informed decisions is critical in any business, and my training in the military has helped me to excel in this area. I also use my leadership skills to guide my team, and my problem-solving skills to overcome challenges that arise in the course of running a business.

Here are the top 5 skills that I gained in my military career and how I have used them in my entrepreneurial journey:

  1. Critical thinking: In the military, I was trained to analyze large amounts of information and make decisions based on that analysis. I use this same skill in my business, evaluating market trends and data to make informed decisions about my products or services.

  2. Problem-solving: The military taught me to think creatively and come up with solutions to complex problems. This skill is especially useful in the world of entrepreneurship, where challenges arise daily and quick thinking is often required.

  3. Leadership: My military training gave me the ability to lead a team effectively, and I use this skill to motivate and inspire my employees in my business.

  4. Discipline: The discipline I learned in the military has helped me to stay focused and organized in my business, allowing me to achieve my goals with ease.

  5. Communication: In the military, clear and concise communication was essential, and this is just as important in the business world. I use my communication skills to build relationships with clients and customers, and to clearly convey my ideas and plans to my team.

If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides resources and support for veterans who are looking to transition into entrepreneurship. By connecting with other veterans and business leaders, you can learn from their experiences and find the support you need to succeed.

In conclusion, my military experience has been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur. The skills I learned in the military have provided me with a solid foundation for success, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve my country and build a successful business.