Why Being a Veteran Entrepreneur Works (#2 in a Series of 2)
In my last blog, I introduced the first of three reasons why Veterans make great entrepreneurs. Today, I’ll cover two more:
- Veterans possess extraordinary discipline
Ask any entrepreneur what the most difficult part of getting a business up and running would be, and you’re likely to hear a lot of people say something like sticking with my goals and not giving up. It’s hard to make it through military service without gaining a strong sense of discipline. That means if a veteran sets a goal, he’s/she’s very likely to do what it takes to reach that goal.
- Veterans are great at problem-solving
If there’s one thing you can say about most veterans, it’s that they’ve learned to solve problems in very creative ways. Often approaching solutions from unique angles, veterans who can transfer that skill to business have great potential.Here’s one example: take Fred Smith, founder of FedEx. He was an officer in the Marines before he started the company in 1971. And what did he do in the Marines? He flew with pilots in order to observe ground action. He was able to observe logistics systems up close. This gave him an insider’s view of how planning and executing large-scale operations worked, which gave him first-hand experience with how big problems get solved.
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