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Have you seen this U.S. Veterans: A Mission to Rebuild America’s Economy?

RP Members, Entrepreneurs, and future business owners check out this article by Michael Kaplan. Have you read his best seller or taken this course? Entire article is below......

Michael I. Kaplan
Instructor, Best-Selling Author & Military Veteran

Military veterans from all branches of the armed forces are a special breed apart from their civilian counterparts. Their experience as a veteran has 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 entrepreneurial role model.

The purpose in designing this course is two-fold. It is 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 an 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 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 a small business as they have conquered other challenges in their military past: successfully and well beyond expectation.

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 numerous business startups. You’re invited to connect with Michael on LinkedIn, Twitter and by Email.
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LTC John Shaw
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs Sgt Kelli Mays
It is going to take very deliberate efforts to find American products and support the makers of these products. Please share the link, here is what I could quickly find on google:
http://www.phase2advantage.com/p/training-programs.html
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LTC John Shaw Thanks for the additional link - I was struggling yesterday!
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CAPT Tom Bersson
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I do not see anything in the article that looks interesting. Appears to just be trying to make money off the military market. would be good to see some specifics.
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CAPT Tom Bersson he is a veteran, please check out his LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelikaplan Here is a link to the course he offers veterans as well: http://www.phase2advantage.com/p/course-materials.html
This is not for everybody, but it is for those who want to learn to run their own businesses. I for one could have used some of this the first time I opened a business. Don't need it now, but some of the young men and women can use it - it's up to them after they research the available sources and options after transition. It was informational only - something to share with the RP Community.
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LTC Stephen F.
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No COL Mikel J. Burroughs I had not seen U.S. Veterans: A Mission to Rebuild America’s Economy before you mentioned it.
I disagree that "military veterans from all branches of the armed forces are a special breed apart from their civilian counterparts." That smacks of what I would expect from a progressive mindset which pits different groups of people against each other.
Most military service members and veterans served to protect our nation including teh civilians which frequently include our spouses and children. Any of us who served while married with children knows how much our civilian spouses served us and our nation by helping us take our thoughts away from our loved ones and focusing on the mission at hand.
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Fully agree, as Veterans we should embrace all Americans.
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