After graduating high school (barely) I started my military journey. I was 17 years old and eager to start on the path of achieving my goal of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. Yet, after 4 years of service I decided to exit the Navy. 30 Days after I left the Navy, I joined up again.In 1998, I had the honor to attend SEAL training, but was medically dropped. A dear friend talked me into staying in the Navy despite not becoming a Navy SEAL. And it was worth it.
At my 16 year mark (2009), I was Selected for Chief Petty Officer. Becoming a Chief was unlike anything I could imagine. Well worth the wait.
I spent my last 6 years of my career supporting Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. I retired 2015.
Entrepreneurship hit me in 2012. I started my first business while still in the military. In 2014, I attended my first American Dream U (ADU) event. It was because of ADU I learned what was really possible outside the confines of the military.
So here I am… 6 Children, Married, Entrepreneur
My first year after was like starting from the bottom. Even with a Bachelor’s degree and plenty of experience. I completed two Master’s degrees and started 2 other companies. But, every day I have to earn my spot.
I have to give credit where credit is due, ADU helped me to smooth out the rough edges.
A couple of tips for the next transitioning veteran who may find this story:
- Read everyday
- Go beyond “Networking” and build meaningful relationships with people who are where you want to be
- It’s going to get hard…keep the faith
Chief Petty Officer (ret) – 22 years