Lessons From A Veteran

As a franchise coach I get to speak with individuals about more than just franchising.  We take time to discuss their vision, values and insights.  Part of the process involves the creation of a personal vision statement.

Last week I had the honor of working with a decorated military veteran who has also achieved a high level of success in the corporate world.  His life insights were impressive.  With his permission, I am going to share them with you.

  • There is no substitute for hard work. – Success in anything requires patiently building experience and expertise.
  • Failure is a big part of success. – Learn from small failures to avoid larger ones.  Learn and grow from these experiences.
  • Take care of yourself in order to be a good leader. – Coaching and mentoring is about teaching the skills of self-reliance, self-reflection and a desire for self-improvement.
  • Risk is a part of life, but risk can be managed. – I have taken many risks but I am not a gambler.  I always weigh risk against a range of choices.
  • Balance is important to get through the hard times. – I need to remember that life needs work, family, hobbies and inner-peace.
  • Idle hands are the devil’s playthings – I need to be busy to be happy.  Being productive and engaged is critical to my sense of well-being.
  • Cherish the little moments. – Take time to be with family.
  • Invest time in building relationships with family. – They are the ones who will be there if times get tough.

This is great advice from an individual who has spent a good portion of their life in a leadership role.  His next stage is business ownership and there is no doubt he will be exceptionally successful.