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Motivation for Veterans: Never Underestimate Me


Thousands of people have been doing it for thousands of years. Transitioning out of the military. I’m not a historian, but I am a veteran. I have worked with and for veterans. I am related to them, live near them, and see them regularly. Chances are you do too. I’m Elise with Woodworth Enterprises and today I have a little motivation for my fellow veterans and inspiration for those business leaders that hire or are considering hiring veterans. The transition from military to civilian life can be daunting and difficult. One big hurdle a veteran has to overcome is deciding what to do and how to do it. Then they have to figure out how to translate the skills and experience they have into ideas and concepts people with little military connection will understand. There are many great resources for that like this one: Careers for the Transitioning Military and US Veterans (

Some people might feel there is a stigma to being a veteran. Our status as veterans means different things to different people. I think it best to let people have their opinions, and as Ghandi says, “be the change that you wish to see.” Just as we honed our battle cry once before, we must find our voice to be comfortable and proud to say, “I am a Veteran!” If you are a transitioning veteran, read this aloud. As you write your resume, before an interview, after an interview, maybe even if you just aren’t sure of the way forward.

I- I am Innovative. I have faced problems, maybe even failure, and come out stronger because of my experiences. A- I am Aware. When I look around me, I see resources, opportunities, ideas, and ways to improve. M- I am Mature. I can work hard, and play hard. I see the value and benefit to both.

A- I Am Adaptable. I have worked independently and with a team to be successful. The situation doesn’t determine my ability to succeed, I do. V- I am Valiant. I chose to serve my country. I have proven myself to be worthy, strong, and courageous. E- I am Energetic. Anything is possible. I bring the energy to achieve a mission. T- I am Trainable. I have learned many things, and know that I still have a lot to learn. I am professional and have the ability to learn what I need to know. R- I am responsible. I can be trusted to show up, lead when needed, and follow when appropriate. A- I am Action Oriented. I am not afraid to “do”. I sought to protect the country, now I seek to improve this company. N- I am a Veteran. Never Underestimate Me!

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