I haven’t blogged since last August when a few LBS graduates and I embarked on a team driving from London to Ulan Bator, a month-long journey for charity. It was an incredible journey, but also incredibly tough to blog almost every single night to let our global audience know what was happening on a real-time basis. At the end of the day, however, it was immensely gratifying when I heard my friends and colleagues comment on the blog - how they followed us every step of the day, felt our ups and downs, and rooted for us.
It’s with this that I start this blog - I’m in the beginning stages of another incredible adventure this time around - as an entrepreneur. In many ways it’s a similar journey - the emotional roller coaster, the teamwork required, and the hardships. But in many ways it’s a more difficult challenge - the destination is unknown and skillsets required are those new to me.
But if there’s one thing I have learned as a traveler and adventurer, it’s this - you can’t and won’t know everything. But that can’t stop you from the journey and objective. And when you are stuck, find the experts. As retired US Special Forces LTC Pete Blaber said in his incredible book The Mission, The Men, and Me, always trust the guys on the ground; find the guys that do know how to do it and learn from them.
When I was growing up in American schools across the world, there was always a poster in the corner with the words All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten. Funny but I feel the same with my time in the Army. I surely didn’t learn any resume/CV-worthy skills, but the things I picked up - tenacity, courage, discipline - have served me well so far.