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.