Transforming Military Training into Entrepreneurial Success: A Gunner's Mate's Journey

As a former Gunner's Mate (GM) in the US Coast Guard, I have learned valuable skills that have helped me in my entrepreneurial journey. Basic training in the military taught me discipline, teamwork, and time management, which are all crucial in starting and running a successful business. My advanced skills training taught me leadership, problem-solving, and adaptability, which have proven to be essential in navigating the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.

Here are the top five reasons why my military training has been successful in entrepreneurship:

  1. Discipline: In basic training, I learned to stick to a routine and to complete tasks efficiently and effectively. This discipline has helped me in my business by keeping me organized and on track, even when faced with obstacles or setbacks.

  2. Teamwork: The military values teamwork, and I learned how to work effectively with others to achieve a common goal. In my business, I have been able to build a team of employees and partners who support each other and work together to achieve our goals.

  3. Time Management: In the military, I learned to manage my time effectively and to prioritize my tasks. This has been invaluable in my business, where I need to balance multiple responsibilities and make the most of every moment.

  4. Leadership: My advanced skills training taught me how to lead a team and make decisions under pressure. In my business, I use these skills to motivate my employees, make strategic decisions, and overcome challenges.

  5. Adaptability: The military is constantly changing, and I learned how to adapt to new situations and overcome obstacles. In my business, I have used this skill to pivot when faced with new challenges and to find innovative solutions to problems.

In conclusion, my military training has been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur. I am proud to be a part of the veteran community and to support other veterans in their entrepreneurial endeavors. If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to sign up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides resources, support, and mentorship for veterans who are starting or growing their businesses.

I recently started my own business, a marketing and branding agency that helps small businesses grow. I am grateful for the skills and experience I gained in the military and I am excited to use them to help others succeed in their businesses.