Written by Laquan Daniel, Military Recruiting Expert for USMilitary.com
Important news for veterans who are in the process of military transitioning. There are tons of blog, posts, articles, books about what it takes for military transitioning to successfully transition into the civilian job market and lifestyle. Success is a matter of individual perspective. I define and measure success not by how much money or accolades I obtain but, merely accomplishing what I set out to accomplish. If you want to know if you were successful or not. Ask yourself one question “Did I accomplish what I set out to accomplish”? If you did, Congratulations! you achieved success. Failure is the exact opposite. As a soon-to-be transitioning veteran, myself, the following are just some of my thoughts and practices to transitioning.
Veterans prior to checking out of the military, it is important that you prepare your military transitioning compartments. What are transition compartments? Transition compartments are metaphorical storage bins. Metaphorical storage bins in the form of finances, education, civilian job market knowledge and research, connections and networking, family, stability and the list goes on. Pull each of these applicable bins out and check the components within those bins. If you pull out the financial bin and it is empty. Chances are you probably did not save any money, discuss finances with trained professionals or looked in the bin and recognized you are as strong with financial management as you probably should be. Repeat this inspection process of each of your bins and determine if you have enough in your bin to achieve what you plan to set out to achieve.
It is ok if you look in and cannot definitively determine if you have enough inside your bin. As long as you chart a course and set sail to continue filling the respective bin you will be ok. Never stop filling your bins. My dad always told me. “Son, it is better to have and not need, then to need and not have”. One person’s compartments may look different than the next person’s, because we all chart different paths in life. Brothers and sisters when inspecting your bins, this is not a time to be optimistic and look at your bin as half full instead of half empty. You literally must determine if you bin is empty, half-full, half-empty or overflowing. When it comes to knowledge, you can never reach overkill. Change your mindset into an inquisitive mindset and always be asking “Why”. Understanding the “Why” will help drive you in the right direction. Best of luck my friends and veterans who have already made the transition, feel free to chime In with added value.