James Meeks, Chief Executive Officer of MOVE Systems, has extensive leadership experience internationally and within military, non-profit, and private sectors. He is a combat veteran, having served two tours in Iraq as an armor officer with the U.S. Army.
At a small gathering, I recently asserted to an audience of both veterans and civilians that veterans make exceptional business entrepreneurs. The fellow vets in the room nodded in agreement — I was only stating what they already knew — and most of the civilians gave very polite responses of encouragement. Later that evening though, a gentleman pulled me aside and inquired in a soft tone, “My understanding is that soldiers just take orders. How can you be an entrepreneur if you need someone to tell you what to do?”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.