The risk and stress involved can be overwhelming and can take it’s toll on the entrepreneur. At the end of the day, if all goes well it will be the most rewarding decision an entrepreneur will ever make.
Giving up a comfortable corporate job with excellent benefits and perks is truly a tough decision. A decision not to be lightly.
Transitioning out of the military and not having a job lined up can be extremely stressful. For many Veterans this is the reality. Especially for an Army Reserve or National Guard soldier that has just returned from a long deployment.
Many of the soldiers today find it hard to maintain long term employment because they don’t know if/when their next deployment is going to happen. A lot of young soldiers have taken on the role of a part time Active Duty soldier bouncing from deployment to deployment. Eventually they tire of the life or the deployments dry up and they are forced to seek full time employment.
When they reach that point, it is time to consider becoming an entrepreneur.
Military Veterans embody many of the characteristics of entrepreneurs simply from the background, training, experience and risk taking lifestyle they have become accustomed to.
One of the biggest reasons people DO NOT start a business is FEAR. I think that is one of the primary reasons that Veterans make incredible business owners. We have been trained to overcome fear and accept the challenge. Fear is not an obstacle to most Veterans and they realize they have no one to blame for failure but them self. They are willing to take that risk.
Fear is an inhibitor in everybody. It makes us cautious and it makes adverse to taking risks. Fear of failure, fear of loss of financial stability, fear of criticism, fear of success in some instances.
Courage is the ability to recognize the fear and confront it head on. Overcome the fear and triumph. Veterans are extremely good at showing courage and poise in times of stress and strife. Veterans know they can plan for and push through the bad times, suck it up and still emerge victorious.
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