I feel it’s unfortunate that military sacrifices (whether on active duty, or making the ultimate sacrifice) sometimes overshadow those made by our First Responders.  And, truthfully, that could be my own bias – as a veteran myself.  I have, however, long recognized that there is no difference in the bravery to face an enemy shooting […]

FREEDOM. Is. Not. Free!

Judge me later, but I have a more important lesson coming after you laugh at me… It took me a decade to get over my fear of needles and finally get the tattoo that I’d designed in my head about two decades earlier.  And, ironically, when the tattoo needle was first an inch from my […]

E020 – Don’t Blink. [Big Announcements Included]

“The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~ Earl Nightingale. I cannot believe how quickly twenty episodes have flown by. Join me today for some major announcements about the future direction of the show, and insights and reflection from Season One of Veterans […]

Add a Veteran; Add to Your Bottom Line!

You already know why you SHOULD hire a veteran. He or she swore to lay their life on the line to maintain the freedoms Americans enjoy every day. It’s “a debt that can never be repaid.” But, do you know why it’s also a great move for your business?  Veterans leave the military instilled with invaluable characteristics […]

E019 – From Periscope Depth to Industry Maverick – Jon S Rennie

“Leadership is a people business” is the mantra of today’s guest, manufacturing expert and author Jon S Rennie. Jon accomplished his boyhood dream and loved his seven deployments and the unique leadership challenges of submarine duty during the #ColdWar. You’ll learn many first-hand experiences of submarine life, how to keep your business focused on what’s […]

Business Lessons I Learned While Serving in the Military

America’s military has long been a revered training ground for our youth transitioning into the workforce. Few better employers instill discipline, technical skills, and personal development like the permanent pivot that happens when a young woman or man joins the United States Armed Forces. I experienced that pivot, and absolutely realize that it was invaluable to […]

E018 – She’s Katie Couric, But in Uniform. USMC and USN Vet – Amy Forsythe

You’ve seen pictures and videos from combat. Now, hear the first-hand experience of a Marine journalist who shared so many stories of servicemembers and their valor. Amy Forsythe completed five deployments, serving as a Public Affairs Officer for the Navy. She was deeply impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and is writing a SOON TO […]

Leadership is on LIFE SUPPORT!

Everywhere leadership is wildly needed, leadership is on life support, gasping for each breath, hoping no one pulls the plug.  Consistent, responsible leadership is essential in our homes, businesses, communities and in the examples shown by public figures.  In each of those areas though, leadership’s slow but steady erosion has negatively impacted our children, our […]

E017 – Leadership is on LIFE SUPPORT!

In our homes, our communities, local and global businesses, and in so many people today; LEADERSHIP is LACKING. We examine its erosion, the fastest way to fix it, and some differentiators of proper leadership. **Connect with us and let us know – who is your favorite leader, and why?** If you’ve gained value from any […]

E015 – Reflecting with an Old Shipmate – Chief Russ Rauch

You’ve seen the videos of military missiles landing precisely on-target, although launched from hundreds of miles away.  Today’s guest, 24-year Navy veteran Russ Rauch, was the person responsible for getting those missiles ‘down range.’  We talk: deployments, the ancillary benefits of military service, family impacts, being a military teacher, and seeing the world.  Plenty of […]

Veterans’ Resilience: Shining Through in Very Dark Days

The chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan continues to increase, and an obvious conclusion was that these actions and lack of leadership from top military brass and civilians would have catastrophic impacts on the veteran community.  And, of course, we cannot forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the twenty years we were […]

Stay Ready, So You Don’t Have to Get Ready!

The military, although technically an executive arm of the government’s policy, still must operate like a business.  Efficiency, proficiency and maintenance are vital keys that keep America’s fighting force ready to act, quickly and lethally, around the globe.  But, these traits, and their (mis)application, have costly price tags either way they’re applied.  And, the applicability […]

Making Money in Your Sleep! Navy Vet, Gary MacDermid

Passive income is the dream everyone desires (admit it… you have, too!  I certainly have!).  Navy nuke turned civilian engineer left a lucrative career to pursue passive income as a career and LIFESTYLE.  You’ll learn invaluable tips and tricks you can immediately implement in this life-changing episode. ______________________________________________________________________ If you’ve gained value from any aspect […]


You’ve heard of the Navy SEALs.  You know of their reputation.  You’ve heard all about the intense BUD/S & Hell Week training that they must endure, and you’ve likely come to believe it’s the most grueling military training on earth. Funny thing, though; if you ask someone who actually has earned a Trident, [the gold […]

E013 – Soldier Trades in his Parachute to Launch a Multi-Industry Training Platform – Ken Danos

In this episode, you’ll hear from an Army helo pilot, who also serves as a medic!  He’ll teach you long-term career strategies from his 20 years in uniform, then Ken shares Project Altitude, his widespread online training system to advance your career! ______________________________________________________________________ If you’ve gained value from any aspect of these shows, please do […]


Information presented in this article may be triggering to some people. If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911. __________________________________________________________________ I recently had a deep and engaging conversation that I later realized was […]

E012 – USCG Vet Leaves Corporate World for Tech Start-up – Robby Yates

E012 – USCG Veteran Transitions to Impact EVERY Industry – Robby Yates “Grandpa” enlisted rather old, and served on a ship with Adolf Hitler.  Then, this #coastguard #veteran enjoyed great employment for a while before the entrepreneurial bug bit him.  His networking, marketing and sales app will change the way you can mange those large […]

The Military Bonus – Beyond Dollar Bills

We’ve all seen friends or may have been personally wooed by the promise of thousands and thousands of dollars from the military as a bonus — FREE MONEY! — if s/he commits to  re-enlist when the DoD is recruiting your MOS / rating.  The real icing on the cake [at least when I served; I […]

E011 – USMC Vietnam Combat Veteran – Charles Read

E011 – USMC Vietnam Combat Veteran Becomes a Titan of his Industry – Charles Read FIFTY YEARS after getting out of the Marine Corps, this Devil Dog still maintains the grit and determination instill in him during the Vietnam era.  Charles Read went on to have a massively successful career, building upon the skills he […]