“Hell is the knowledge of opportunity lost; the place where the man I am comes face to face with the man I might have been.” -Anonymous
In July 2010, I reached out to a high school classmate and active duty Marine to share my plan to help service members successfully transition from the military equipped with the mindset and skill set to be successful entrepreneurs. More importantly, to give my brothers and sisters in arms an opportunity to earn a six-figure income.
Unfortunately, this Marine did not take my offer.
“Even when opportunity knocks, a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door.” –Anonymous
On August 14, 2012, I reached back out to my high school classmate that was now a retired Marine, and here’s our conversation:
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- hey brother, how’s it going? man, do you remember the business i told you about?
- Hey Nate..I do. I will be in Georgia sometime this week live and God is good. I have since retired and quite a bit of life unraveled. I was fired from my first job..my mom had a pin stroke and I have a home in NC but due to taking care of my parents we are temporarily in between Nc and Georgia.. I guess long story short I should have jumped on board back in 2010 to be more financially sound
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- yea….that saddens me to hear, but it’s the same story. It’s not by accident that God is intervening now. The question is will you take action now.
- since August 2010, we’ve helped 458 people earn a BMW bonus + $1500/mo and 19 earn six-figures. www.JoinNateandSusan.com
- I do Nate…I really need your assistance in this since I am unemployed and limited in money. I know God is awesome and people like you that have the knowledge to assist people like me. It is very humbling to have retired and now limited financially to do the thing I desire..but more importantly I have the Lord.
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- …yes, and he expects you to NOT waste your life.
- God is ready to bless you abundantly and you can’t sit back talking about faith. Do faith!
- here’s my # 904.838.2623 . if you’re serious about generating an income, coachable, and will allow me to help you, then you will be successful. period. don’t waste this opportunity.
“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.” -Joseph Sugarman
The Marine called me and left me the following voice message. Now listen to the conversation that we had when I called him back: click Our Conversation or call 605.475.3299 pin.580018# ref. 244 to listen.
“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don’t think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.”. – Anthony Robbins
The article below speaks to the value of leadership experience gained in the military and how it can lead to entrepreneurial success.
Many entrepreneurs fail to grow because they lack leadership skills. And rather than look in the mirror, they find it easier to blame others. Blame is short for be-lame, and you can’t be an effective leader if you’re lame.
Some of the best entrepreneurial education I received came from military school and service in the military. In 1965, I accepted appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy. After graduation in 1969, I spent nearly six years in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot, with one year in Vietnam.
Looking back, I can see where military school has paid off. The first step in my education at the academy was to have my head shaved. My civilian clothes were packed up and shipped home. My first words were “Yes, sir.” My first assignment was to memorize the mission of the academy.
Though academics were important at the academy, they took a secondary position to leadership training. We learned how to take and give orders. Our priorities were drummed into our heads: First was the mission, second was the team, and personal interests came last.
As Marine officers, we were taught how to lead young men into battle, men willing to give their lives for their country. We were expected to do the same.
Today, I sincerely believe much of my entrepreneurial success comes from my military education. Although I didn’t go to a formal business school and I don’t have an MBA, I am able to hire smart business school graduates.
This doesn’t mean you have to go to military school or be on active duty to grow a business. I’m only pointing out the different focuses of two very different educational institutions and saying that if you want to grow your business, it may take more than just business skills.
I learned leadership skills in the Marines, and you can supplement–and complement–your business school education by applying the lessons you’ve learned about discipline, focus and vision and using them to become a stronger leader–one who puts the mission and team ahead of the individual and who inspires your team with strength and commitment.
Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad series of books, is an investor, entrepreneur and educator whose perspectives have changed the way people think about money and investing.
- Nate Scott