Memorial Day – Each week I identify a different theme of the week and provide you with content, some original and some from external sources, around that theme.
A Word on This Week’s Theme
Memorial Day is a day we set aside to remember those members of the U.S. armed forces who died in combat or in service. This week in my personal blog #Significance, I discussed the true meaning behind the holiday.
But as important as it is to remember the sacrifice of the dead, and that of their families and loved ones, it’s also important to remember the living who are currently serving or who have served.
So often, former military personnel are passed over for employment opportunities or have a hard time adjusting to private life. Business can be a key to helping these heroes out and they can be a key to business success.
This week’s theme is inspired by Memorial Day remembrances but focuses on how the world of business can be a place for former military members to thrive once their military career ends.
This Week’s Links
Inc. – This article at Inc. pays tribute to 5 veterans who became successful entrepreneurs post-service. An entrepreneurial path is often how veterans can find meaning in their professions.
Inc. – Some pretty interesting statistics are included in this Inc. article and accompanying infographic. Veteran-owned franchises have generated 815,000 jobs in the U.S. and veteran owned businesses generate $41 billion to the U.S. GDP. No doubt, veterans are a critical component to the economy and U.S. business in general.
Entrepreneur – Check out this inspirational piece on a former Navy SEAL who teaches us a lesson on how to turn failure into success. A key – focus on one thing.
Entrepreneur – One secret to “luck” is to listen for and be open to inspiration from wherever it may come. See here how this veteran found inspiration from tragedy. If he can overcome his experience, you can overcome yours.
Entrepreneur – Sometimes, veterans have a hard time adjusting to private life. This includes communication. Both the military and business worlds have their own languages and forms of communication. What works well in one environment can mean utter failure in the other. Sometimes, all it takes is learning to bridge the communication gap.
Entrepreneur – Smart business owners and companies know that veterans make a tremendous resource pool. This article at Entrepreneur discusses businesses that are looking to hire veterans.
Entrepreneur – And this company is creating incentives for veterans to become franchise owners. We owe our veterans so much. It’s nice to see so may U.S. companies recognizing the opportunity for payback.