Posted on Jan 4, 2016
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Can this generation of Veterans & Transitioning Active Duty Service Members play a key in Rebuilding the American Dream?

Our Veterans and future Veterans (Active Duty Service Members getting ready to transition) need to realize that they are part of a generation that can play a key part in rebuilding our economy and the American Dream! They are uniquely qualified for success in business or entrepreneurship.  Many of you on RP are living examples. 

Military Veterans from all branches of the armed forces are a special breed apart from their civilian counterparts. Their experiences have prepared them to face unforeseen challenges, overcome insurmountable odds and demonstrate leadership in a wide variety of environments.

Their dedication to training, ability to accept responsibility and unrelenting commitment to achieving objectives conclusively demonstrates the strength of their character.

In spite of extraordinary risk, they chose to serve their country with distinction, realizing the potential reward for their patriotism could be nothing more than the ultimate sacrifice of their life. While that may be behind them it will always be a part of them; it will shape their mindset, perceptions and responses forever.

Their military experience has also created for them a less noticeable (albeit just as permanent) benefit: it has made them the ideal role model for business management and entrepreneurship.

The purpose of The Prior-Service Entrepreneur: The Fundamentals of Veteran Entrepreneurship is two-fold.

It’s crucial to demonstrate to veterans that despite the personal obstacles – overcoming commonly held myths, disadvantageous mindsets and the naturally occurring fears associated with acclimating to a civilian environment – they have both the capacity and ability to pursue either a business management or entrepreneurial path and achieve success.

Their experience, dedication and commitment to the defense of American freedom have proven that conclusively.

More importantly, it is imperative to prove to the military and veteran communities that they have the power to do so. Given the challenges imposed upon individuals in modern culture, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

When Veterans and the future transitioning Veterans believe they have the power to succeed and openly state as much, they are actually affirming their power and a sense of control that cannot be taken away from them. Power is never taken away; it is always relinquished freely.

Veterans don’t need to be told that twice; their experience has proven that every time they put on a uniform and prepare their mindset for battle in defense of America’s freedoms.

The thing that differentiates Veteran business owners from the pack is not their creativity, brilliance or pedigree. What makes them inherently different is their refusal to relinquish their power to succeed and renounce their dreams. When society quits, they don’t.

It’s the Veteran’s time now. They are being called again on a mission to seize the moment and act, to rebuild America’s economy in a time of desperate need.

In the process, they will conquer the challenge of business management and entrepreneurship as they have conquered other challenges in their military past: successfully and well beyond expectation.

If you are interested in putting those skills to work right away here is a great tool that will help you kick start your unique abilities and get those entrepreneurial ideas flowing.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Prior-Service-Entrepreneur-Competitive-Successful/dp/ [login to see]

Here is some information about the author:

About the Author

Michael I. Kaplan is the CEO of Phase 2 Advantage, an instructional design and publishing company in GA.

Michael is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a best-selling author and an instructor. He has 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and has launched and managed numerous businesses. You’re invited to connect with Michael on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and by Email.

https://www.facebook.com/PriorServiceEntrepreneur/
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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Something went awry in this country as there is hate for the flag, intolerance for the cross, vitriolic protests at military funerals, and young adults demanding for free colleges.
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Doug Macdonald
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MAJ (Join to see)I agree, sir. It's up to us to change that even if it is 1 individual at a time.
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Doug Macdonald - I firmly believe we have to increase our collective societal values so individuals know right and wrong and also act by those convictions.
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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Ihave to say yes...IF given the chance. I see way too many companies whose presidents and upper managers that went to school on daddy's money and never served a day in the military not giving us the chance to teach what we have learned.
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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your welcome...But the Key word in my reply is IF given the chance and I'm sorry to say I don't see it happening enough.
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Doug Macdonald
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PO2 Mark Saffell That's why we feel the need, as private industry, to supply that chance.
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MSG Wally Carmichael
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The key words "given a chance" is not going to change rebuild America. Most great contributors to our nation and our way of life were never given a chance. They created opportunity for themselves and others in the face of diversity. If this generation, or any one for that mater, are waiting and expecting to be "given a chance", they will end up a statistic then blame "the system".
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SGT Robert George
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My chairman at FEDEX Marine Corp. pilot in Vietnam prefers to have veterans working for the company.. Says they show up to work on time , dependable ,and hard workers ... most of the pilots are military trained .. Ive seen Lawyers and people with degrees start there on the bottom rung as cargo handler and work their way up the ladder...
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SGT Former Rn
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I think it's possible, but they have to WANT to do it not for themselves, but for OTHERS first.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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SGT (Join to see) Sound advice, that would or could include their familes as well!
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Doug Macdonald
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SGT (Join to see) I have to agree. Sometimes the desire to support our families is more of a driving force.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Prior-Service-Entrepreneur-Competitive-Successful/dp/ [login to see]
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SGT Robert George
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Sgt Nuss , I think you hit the nail on the head .. There is too much whats in it for ME-ME-ME... In serving others and family thats were the real rewards come in... thats my personal opinion ..
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