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CAREER & EMPLOYMENT
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!*!!!!!! !*!!! I realized I needed to be uncomfortable again. I became comfortable with the problems I faced and my authorities. Heck, I had my own parking spot! I needed to feel like the "new guy" again. I loved every moment of the SEAL teams, but *!!!!!! being a SEAL, and I never let it ! Qfoh;!Xiz!ep!zpv!uijol!tp!nboz! wfufsbot-!jodmvejoh!uif!TPG! dpnnvojuz-!ibwf!b!upvhi!ujnf! usbotjujpojoh@
I think, particularly have achieved such heights, becoming the "new guy" again in a completely foreign environment, can be extremely daunting. The environment you move to next most likely will not share the values and morals that you have grown to respect and love. That can be extremely frustrating if you stay stuck in the past. You have two choices: go forward and be uncomfortable or stay stuck in the past. I call it the "Uncle Rico Syndrome." Qfoh;!Xibu!bewjdf!dbo!zpv!hjwf!up! usbotjujpojoh!TPG!nfncfst!boe! wfufsbot!uibu!bsf!tusvhhmjoh@
I would tell them to apply the same physical and mental energy that got you through selection or basic training and apply that to your new task at hand, starting as the "new guy." Nobody cares that you were
COURTESY OF JASON TUSCHEN
"We train with a sense of urgency and to the worst-case scenario. You definitely learn humility by training that way-apply the same physical and mental energy that got you through selection or basic training and apply that to your new task at hand."
- Jason Tuchen, retired Navy SEAL in a combat zone, been through life-threatening events or were in Special Forces. Many civilians will think that you are a robot or the "angry veteran," even though you and every other veteran knows it's false. Instead, use your experiences to your advantage and GET AFTER IT! Be humble and !#!!!! yourself all over again.
Jason Tuschen, 27-year Navy SEAL veteran, CEO of Sylabs, Inc.
in the SOF community, it's very easy to let your job and lifestyle become your identity. The longer you stay in, the more likely you will fall into the identity trap. Once you
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