[author] [author_image timthumb='on']https://media.licdn.com/media/p/2/005/036/20e/1ed9b12.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Raul Moreno is a father to three, husband to one. He's also building a better future for military families. Raul attended the 2015 Patriot Boot Camp in North Carolina.[/author_info] [/author] When Sean from PBC asked me if I’d be interested in offering a guest blog to assist in their efforts I felt extremely humbled and I began thinking of what value I have to offer.
I called mi abuelita (my grandma) for advice.
She was born and raised in Mexico and had just about every advantage available to her as a Mexican.
She described her father as the most intelligent person she’s known. Her brothers: a medical doctor, the other an engineer. Her life in Mexico was full of promise and happiness.
Mi abuelito (my grandpa), a Sergeant First-Class in the US ARMY, served as disaster relief for a hurricane in Tampico- abuelita’s home.
During that time he courted, and received a father’s blessing to marry mi abuelita. She decided to leave her happy home, start a new life, in a new country.
Her story had me floating. I asked her why she made such a life-changing decision.
Her answer: she wanted to take charge of her own destiny.
She told me about the challenges she faced journeying from Mexico to the United States.
She didn’t speak English- language barrier, check.
She had no friends or meaningful relationships- culture shock, check.
She was both terrified and excited to create an awesome future- determination and vision, check.
She had a mind full of questions and few answers.
She went to work.
She watched television and analyzed the way people spoke. She learned to speak English.
She continued to put herself in social landscapes, made friends, and they turned out to be a lot like her. She describes the bunch as a Mexican beauty, a German lady and a Korean doll. Military wives.
They found comfort and refuge in each other’s company. They had their own community of trust. The value they offered one another was just what they all needed in their new lives.
By now you’re probably asking, “What the heck does this have to do with MY company?”
Well, compadres, let me tell you…
The path of the entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart.
It’s not enough to accept change. One must embrace it.
You’ll navigate uncharted landscapes and speak in foreign tongues.
You’ll be faced with waves of issues that require swift yet educated decisions.
You’ll lose your appetite and sleep. You’ll shed from your life what is not essential to the journey.
I don’t know why anyone would want to be an entrepreneur.
It’s the work of Warriors.
We are Operators of the Unknown. And when things get tough, we tighten our belt, clinch our fists and punch Impossible in the face.
Entrepreneurship is the work for us.
For those of you standing up, ready to move forward, I charge you to take the next step.
You’re equipped with a community of military veterans that has made your success their mission!
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Find your answers and make your ding in the world!
(Editorial credit: Douglas Gallardo Jr & Tak Lo)