My friends tell me that when I talk about my time in the military, I light up. I know why - my time in the forces were the best times of my life. I left rural Newfoundland at age 17 to join the army and we had some pretty remarkable times.
When it ended abruptly (I'm legally blind), I was gutted. I tried a lot of things not just because I had to pay the bills but I was looking for that spark again.
Some of the things I tried included:
and the list goes on.
None of it came close to giving me the kind of joy that my time in the military did. Let's face it, it was a pretty good gig at the time.
And then I became an entrepreneur and I got that spark back. As I was reflecting on it this week, I saw that I've created a business that has a lot of the same features that my time in the military had - there's the variety of no two days looking alike. There is the travel that takes me to new places and then there is the autonomy. That's a huge factor for me.
I'm in control of this and I have to tell you that being in control of my life matters at this stage. My release was brutal - there were no supports at the time and we were left to make it on our own and many of my buddies didn't fare so well.
Somewhere along the way I yearned to be in control again - I wanted to control every area of my life. Autonomy wasn't important to me when I was serving but it sure is now.
It has been nice to come full circle - to find something I love and to get that much joy out of the work. Entrepreneurship is a good fit for me. It's more than making money; it's making a good life.
We will talk about this and much more at our upcoming coffee break. Let's get to know one another.
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