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  • How to Get Others, Even G-d, to Help You

    Is Your Faith in a Successful Job-Hunt Unshakable?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Beshalach - Exodus13:17-17:16 Not all the redeployers coming through Sembach are looking forward to going home. Some like the fast op tempo on deployment. Others face divorces and other personal turmoil. But most dread returning to a job they hate or no job at all… How to Get Others, Even G-d, to Help You

    A Passionate Bad Decision Is Better than Indecision

    Deployment provides a sharp contrast for those with private sector employment problems. Working as much as 16 hours a day, seven days a week takes commitment. They lived their purpose and had a mission while deployed. But they have no comparable commitment to their civilian job. For those without a job, often their search is lackluster. They don't know what they want to do. They don't understand the job-hunt Read More
  • How the Military Prepared You for Entrepreneurship

    6 Essential Qualities for Military & Business Success

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    Over the last decade, the number of veterans in business has declined. Despite many programs supporting veteran entrepreneurship, not much has changed. While not every military person will start a business, I bet you have the six essential qualities of entrepreneurial success… How the Military Prepared You for Entrepreneurship

    The Qualities You Can’t Hire

    Out of the 16 skills a business needs to prosper , you’ll have to have six. You can hire people with the other ten. With how many of these do you excel? Self-Motivated . I’ve never met a successful business owner whose drive came from someone else. Counting on a desire for wealth or fame for motivation sets you up for failure. You need to want business success for its own sake. Inner Moral Compass . You’ll have lots of temptations when you have Read More
  • How to Deal with Disrespectful Civilians

    Do You Distinguish Direct from Offensive Communication?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Bo – Exodus 10:1-13:16 Over the last decade, I’ve noticed a softening in the military. You don’t hear as much shouting. Repetitive “training” has replaced verbal correction. Special Forces still train tough. But regular units’ training has become more like what you see in the civilian world. Frustration has to be expressed gently… How to Deal with Disrespectful Civilians

    The Purpose of Being Offensive

    Its more direct style of communication makes military life seems tougher. But the days of offending someone to test his mettle are long gone. Likewise, G-d rarely permits insulting behavior. One of the few cases, in Parshas Bo , has a special purpose:

    …on the 10 th of this month, they will take for themselves, each man, a lamb or a kid for the household… ( Shemos

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  • These Erroneous Beliefs Will Sabotage Your Job-Hunt

    Are You Wasting Your Time Getting Certifications?

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    Certifications top most veterans’ list of important job qualifications. But recall you didn't have any when entered the military. Success came from your attitude. Recruits who absorbed the military ethos and gained expertise succeeded. Those who didn't washed out… These Erroneous Beliefs Will Sabotage Your Job-Hunt

    The Pivotal Factor for Reintegration

    Two types of sailors come through WTP Sembach. You might think the divide follows one of these lines:
    • Active vs. reserve component
    • Enlisted vs. officer
    • Single vs. married
    These divisions define the challenges they’ll face reintegrating. But none of them indicates whether a sailor makes a successful transition. The Officer-in-Charge and I considered young vs. old as being the relevant distinction. But many redeployers in their mid-40s to early 50s soak up all we have to teach them. They report overcoming significant hurdles in the Read More
  • How to Read God’s Clues for Improving Your Life

    Do You Feel Like You’re Being Punished by Your Problems?

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    Parsha [Passage of Scripture] Nugget [Precious Idea] Va’eira – Exodus 6:2-9:35 When things go wrong, why do they hit our most vulnerable spots? Wouldn't it be nice if once in a while life threw a softball? We never have too much time to transition. Nor do we get to choose between two private sector jobs with higher than expected salaries. It’s like we’re getting punished… How to Read G-d’s Clues for Improving Your Life

    G-d Doesn't Punish People

    Reintegrating to civilian life is chaotic. Many people want to help but don't know how. Others couldn't care less about you. After a while, it seems you're beset by plagues. Now, you're no Pharaoh. But the way G-d dealt with him in Parshas Va’eira will clue you into what’s going on:

    “…behold, with the staff that is in

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