Sitting in an office six times the size of my apartment, I asked my question, “How did you stay safe? How did you survive? You were in war zones. You were made a colonel, right? Now you’re the VP of one of the worlds biggest companies. How do you make it through all that stress and succeed?” I wanted to know his secret sauce. I was 21, a young ambitious crisis worker turned co-founder of a small business, and in awe.
He reflected for what seemed like hours. “Improvise, adapt, and overcome. It’s what I learned in the Marine Corps. I repeated that to myself everyday before I went out into the field. I never knew what I would find out there. You have to be ready for anything and learn to roll with whatever comes. Take whatever they throw at you, and use it to make you stronger. It was that way on deployment, and it’s that way in business.”