Veteran’s deserve our support wherever and however we can provide it.
The veteran’s of our nation have been on my mind of late. The human toll and emotional fallout from serving in war zones can’t be understated.
Veterans often come home to find indifferent and, at times, hostile people who clearly don’t understand service or the immense sacrifice demanded of our military men and women. To add insult to injury, the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Department is a mismanaged mess at best (if I call upon my most optimist assessment). The cynical part of me suspects that the management, bureaucrats, and politicians running the VA care very little about our veterans.
I’ve often wondered why people don’t do more for our Veterans. What about war bonds sold and dedicated to caring for returning veterans from war zones? What about private and pubic partnerships dedicated to the care of veterans needs as they return to civilian life? What aren’t we doing more? Then it hit me. Why aren’t I doing more? At first, my thoughts were clouded by the enormity of the issue. But, I came to realize that I needed to try to make a difference right where I am.
Therefore, the blog section of Kravology will be, for the foreseeable future, dedicated to helping veterans develop clear thoughts about how to and when to start a business. If you haven’t noticed, veteran-owned businesses are springing up all around you. If you’re a Krav Maga school owner, the lessons provided will also help you to clarify your business focus. So without further delay, veterans everywhere – here we go.
Before you invest in a business, develop a written inventory of all the areas of life in which you have passion. Think about what you love now, and what you loved as a kid. Square yourself with an important fact – starting a business requires both investment and energy (both in the early stages and later stages) and will demand that you love what you do.
Once your inventory list is complete, check for overlap. Consolidate overlapping ideas into one idea. Overlap happens when you list two or more ideas that are really just one idea. For instance, selling snow cones out of a truck, and developing a self-serve snow cone station is really one idea with two different execution models. Stick to the basics for now. We’ll get to the detail as we develop our business plan further.
Get this done. Take some time to thoroughly work through these concepts. The foundation of any business is critical. You’re building your foundation.