Hi this is Mark Green bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.
There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.
Sean Douglas is an Air Force veteran since 2001 and is still currently serving. He has simultaneously been able to build three successful businesses. Sean is an experienced TedX Speaker, host of Life Transformation Radio and also a published author. Speaking from experience, Sean passionately shares how you can impact your later outcome by your present input.
You can follow Sean here
0:37 Sean shares a bit on his military career alongside past and present business endeavors.
1:05 What is The Success Corps?
-The Global Entrepreneurship, Speaker and Business Owners Academy.
1:35 Sean shares his ten year goal.
1:50 An amazing opportunity for transitioning veterans mentioned.
2:30 How do you run three businesses and still be on active duty at the same time?
- Sean shares how and why he narrowed his focus on The Success Corps and his radio show, Life Transformation Radio.
4:17 Sean expresses his agreement of the importance of refocusing on the entrepreneurial journey.
5:55 What would be one thing, as an entrepreneur, that you’ve learned, that could be the difference between success and failure?
- Sean generously offers two: patience and positioning
6:50 “ One thing I’ve learnt the most is that you have to be content now in order to be satisfied later – Sean explains this concept.
8:20 Follow up: A learning point Sean shares from his personal experience.
10:38 How do you structure yourself to maximise your time?
- With no additional staff, Sean employs the #1 rule: Schedule everything.
11:34 Find out what is Sean’s superpower.
14:47 Sean shares his simple but effective way of networking with the people he works with.
- Two energetic narratives which demonstrates his strategy
18:44 What are some challenges that you’ve dealt with that you feel have made you strong as you are?
- Sean lists his many challenges but sees them as preparation for who he is today.
22:29 Sean explains his statement ‘I’m not a success story, I battle every day’.
- There is growth in every day.
The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at email@example.com and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Mark