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Posted on Apr 27, 2016
LCDR Gerald Lowe
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SPC Rory J. Mattheisen
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Forget about the "transition' process, continue to adapt and overcome. Figure out if you are living your life or if you are reacting to it, and remember to be intentional about thinking decisions through for the first couple years. We get into the react/respond mindset during our time in service and have to re-learn to process life as it happens.
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LCDR Gerald Lowe
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Good points and appreciate your perspective especially on living and not reacting.
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SPC Rory J. Mattheisen
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I spent the better part of a decade out here drowning and having the "resources" that are available pour water on my face when I was able to breathe. I didn't know why everything was so jacked-up. Meds didn't help, therapy made it worse, everything fell apart and I ended up homeless. It turns out that when we react and respond to life we are stacking files on "the desk" and the longer we take to realize what is happening the bigger the stack gets. I have been taking each file as it needs to be opened and processing it completely for the last 2 years and today I have daily problems and it feels great.
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LCDR Gerald Lowe
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Rory, thanks. It takes courage to handle the problems as you have named them and I am humbled by your hard work and tenacity. Hang in there brother and let me know if I can ever help or support you in your walk. Gerald
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CPO Ronnie Townes
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After retiring, I knew I had to adjust my way of think of what I had been accustom too for over 20yrs. I also had to deal with the challenge for translating my military skills to the civilian world. And it's been a very eye opening experience since I've been in the corporate world.
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LCDR Gerald Lowe
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Chief, thanks and couldn't agree more. What is the best thing you have learned from the experience?
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CPO Ronnie Townes
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I think my greatest experience since being in the corporate world is seeing the difference in the corporate world system verses the structured systems we have in the military. In the military we have structure, in which some aspects we like or dislike, but we know how the structure flows. In the corporate world there's on set structure, it's all in who you know and if you're in that click it's every person for themselves. But I've been able to utilize the leaderships skills acquired from my service to make good adjustments.
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CPO Ronnie Townes
CPO Ronnie Townes
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LCDR Gerald Lowe - I think my greatest experience since being in the corporate world is seeing the difference in the corporate world system verses the structured systems we have in the military. In the military we have structure, in which some aspects we like or dislike, but we know how the structure flows. In the corporate world there's on set structure, it's all in who you know and if you're in that click it's every person for themselves. But I've been able to utilize the leaderships skills acquired from my service to make good adjustments.
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LCDR Gerald Lowe
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Chief, good points and highlights some of the challenges with transitioning. We all served for personal reasons, but, in my opinion, because we wanted to contribute and the people around us were of the same mindset. Keep pushing forward and showing others how to lead.
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since i left the millitary, my bosses recognized my abillities, my attention to detial, and work ethic i now work on special projects, as well as my normal job, it give me overtime that others dont get, they still dont get what i could do as a leader, but eventually they may
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LCDR Gerald Lowe
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Thanks for your feedback, MSG!
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just got done doing field day on house i'm single so it has to be done thats one of the things that came back with me
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