3 Reasons Military Vets Don’t Start Businesses [Video]

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Hey welcome back friends to the brian chambers movement today I want to talk about three reasons why we don't see
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more military veterans starting businesses becoming entrepreneurs more importantly I want to squash those three
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reasons I want to murder the excuses and give those of you who really somewhere deep down in your heart you want to
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start that business but you've been holding off I want to show you why it may have been a problem for you but then
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give you some solutions when I started this brian chambers movement make no mistake I helped a lot of people in a
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lot of different spaces but military veterans especially military veterans who served in combat hold a special
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place in my heart I'd even extend that to first responders firefighters police officers who've been through that type
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of experience I for one know how hard it is to not only come home from war and try to find some semblance of a normal
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life but then to take that uniform off and try to adapt and assimilate into a culture that doesn't necessarily share
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all of our exact values so I read an awesome article on incan warning I'm here in my home office so you may hear
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one or two of my children chime in on this video but I was reading an awesome article on Inc written by a military
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veteran entrepreneur trying to figure out why is it that we see less and less of that and specifically he was
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comparing what we see today versus what we saw back in the times of World War two where the numbers of
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entrepreneurship during World War Two familiy you saw a lot of military veterans starting businesses
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whereas today you don't see so much and first and foremost the first reason why you don't see more veterans starting
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businesses and this one isn't really something we can combat so much as it is the overall percentage of people
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starting businesses in 2018 is just down right some of that has to do with the economics of the world some people are
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reluctant to get into that but the percentage of entrepreneurship frankly is just down you might be able to
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tribute some of that back to what happened in 2007 with the market crash but let's leave that one on the table
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just accept that as reality but number two I'm gonna put up dollar signs right is access to
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resources okay access to resources today a soldier leaving the military you know
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a sailor and airmen a Marine leaving the military doesn't necessarily have access to the same resources that our World War
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two veteran brothers and sisters would have specifically you have the GI Bill now right but it doesn't provide you
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with low-interest access to capital to start a business the GI Bill or at least funding that they had available for
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world war ii veterans did ok so there's always this resource hurdle that we have to jump over that the World War two
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folks didn't have to but here's the counterpoint to that it has never been cheaper to start a business and I'll use
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myself as an example when I started my online marketing coaching business right when I started working with entertainers
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and businesses to provide coaching I sell a program called the social media master university that helps
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entrepreneurs and small businesses DIY their personal brand and the marketing for their business right it's a
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relatively inexpensive program right much cheaper than a college course but it's a college course level of
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information okay I was able to get that off the ground really for the price of my website which is the hosting so
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that's relatively it's about a hundred and some change for a couple of years of hosting right that's the site where I
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deliver my videos from the course which I use click funnels if you want to know the tools the behind the scenes that's
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about a hundred bucks a month right doing a little bit of marketing but a lot of that was sweat equity I didn't
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pay for marketing back in the day when I first started years ago especially when I first started my business back in 2004
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social media didn't exist in the way that it does today right so all of my business was word of mouth and through
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networking which we're going to talk about in a second but this access to resource doesn't need to be annexed
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use for you starting a business yes you may be resource-constrained in trying to start a business that would rely heavily
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on investor capital to help you get it off the ground but there's no reason why you couldn't start something else as the
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basement right the baseline the foundation of a bigger business an example of someone much bigger than me
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who does this is Gary Vaynerchuk right he runs a marketing agency called vaynermedia and that's the engine
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through which he builds the capital in the revenue to fund all of his other dreams and he's been quoted as saying I
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don't want to run a marketing agency right I am in the same boat I run a marketing agency
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servicing small to medium businesses in my local to regional area don't just focus on local I do serve some regional
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clients got some folks on the East Coast in Georgia and all the way up in New York that I serve but the point is I
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started that business and selling my product as a social media master university to really fund what I really
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want to do which has become essentially the Tony Robbins of our era right providing coaching and personal
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development and helping people overcome suffering and all these other challenges but in order to do that right I've
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started another business that cost me very little to start you can start a marketing agency for the price of a
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laptop you can run it out of your home which I do I use some office space as well but you can really get creative you
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can go to the library and use office space I've done that before in my neighborhood you can go to Whole Foods I
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actually run my meet up where I meet with local businesses to help them with this with the marketing I used to run
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that out of Whole Foods I run it virtually now and you can run it virtually for very little cost so
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there's no excuse about why you can't at least start a business maybe it's not your dream business the one that's going
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to compete with Amazon but you can start something that then brings in the revenue that at least takes care of your
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family and hopefully brings in enough revenue to support you doing something else over time all right
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so yes one of the main reasons is we are resource constrained in ways that our brothers and sisters for the past were
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not but let's not let that be an excuse number three and this was the hardest one for
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me is networking all right the article said that you know during World War two people were drafted
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and they were drafted from all walks of life so some of the people who were drafted and then came out and started
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businesses came from a different walk of life than just the military most of us that serve in the military now come from
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military families meaning we lived a more isolated life right because we're not around people who grew up in
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billion-dollar families or even million-dollar families I was raised in a military family we don't necessarily
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know how to network and maybe somewhat opposed to the networking that's necessary especially in 2018 to be
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successful in business we're used to being a part of an isolated almost fraternity like community where we look
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out for one another and then we come out here into the business space and realize ain't nobody else looking out for you is
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you looking out for you right and it's a different culture a different set of values a lot of times and isleye to you
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not I have helped veterans who have separated from the military just in getting another job not starting a
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business just getting a job and they didn't want to network with civilians it was like I just want to do it on my own
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I don't want to bother them I'm like you're not bothering them that's the way the real world works it's networking
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it's not who you know it's not what you know it's who knows you and so we've been somewhat conditioned not to network
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the way we need to in order sometimes to get access to the resources that we need and to find the clients that we want to
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build relationships with this was my greatest weakness when it came to starting my serve you know my marketing
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service based business back in 2004 when I started it I just relied solely on word-of-mouth in fact I used to say I
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don't want to advertise I don't want to get too many clients I used to say a lot of crazy stuff like that back when I
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first started but it was I'm just not used to I hated networking events I hated happy hours I hated all of that
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stuff because it just seems so superficial and so not you know brothers looking
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after brothers sisters looking after sisters brothers and sisters like in arms looking after one another like why
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do I have to go do this song and dance just to do business I've got the skills I know how to show up and make things
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happen why doesn't it work like it did in the military well because the military people have expectations that
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if you hold a certain rank in position you have proven that you're able to do certain things out here in the business
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world nobody knows what you can do and nobody knows what the Chevron's and the rockers on your arm mean or the bars of
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the oak leaf clusters on your sleeves they don't know what that means most civilians have no idea what the
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difference is between a sergeant or a colonel or a naval captain and a naval ensign they don't get the difference and
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nor do they care right but we can't let this reluctance to network be an excuse one there's all kinds of veteran
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business networks now you have places like bunker labs which I'm connected with great group of people but there's
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so many things going on in your area through places like meetup for example right that one here I actually run a
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meetup for local businesses right to help them out with their marketing you can go to meetups but here's here's the
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flipside of it friends we have this perception that happy hours and all this stuff these networking events are just
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these kitschy kind of civilian superficial social hours that we just don't really want to be a part we're
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mission oriented I'm about the mission not about chit-chatting but I got to tell you I've been to a lot of these you
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might be surprised how well done some of these meetings are I went to a happy hour to learn I was working with a
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client who's looking for investor capital to start a medical business right so I knew they needed capital but
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they're busy doing the science so I went to a networking event where they were talking about how to secure capital how
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to get venture capital just so I could learn from my client which kind of put me you know at ease because I'm not
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there for me turns out I met so many cool people while I was there the presentation was amazing I learned
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so much and on top of that I met another business partner to put into my business alliance who I still talk with usually
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once a week today about how can I help you how can I help you friends these networking events are not as kitschy and
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superficial as you may think the people who go to these are business owners and they have an agenda in mind and that
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agenda is how can I provide service to somebody and value to somebody in such a way that it will bring revenue into my
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business they show up with an agenda they show up ready to roll and believe it or not it is more mission focus than
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you may think so veteran friends and those of you who may still be in the service who are
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thinking about starting a business do not be discouraged by the fact that the percentage is down right that's just
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public perception public perception is always emotional very rarely based in fact to do not let being
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resource-constrained be an excuse most businesses aren't resource constrained their execution constraint right and you
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know that especially for my Marines watching this you know what it's like to get the mission done with crappy
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logistics half the time you guys needed to borrow ammunition and food from us and the army but you still got the
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mission done no excuse 3 this reluctance to network because you grew up in an isolated environment where it's military
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military military we stick with our own it's kind of a fraternity of people who take care of each other
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no one out there in the real world business-wise is just going to inherently take care of you because you
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have on the same uniform you've got to go out there make relationships build relationships add value and you'd be
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surprised just how mission focused a lot of these meetings are and how helpful they'll be to your business if I'm not
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encouraged you to start that business that you have in your heart friend shoot me an email please do or leave me a
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comment here so we can talk about it I'm I have a rule like I said an event any time any place who is in need no matter
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what the need is if I have the means and the time to help you address the need I will do it that is my promise to every
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vet every firefighter vet every first responder police vet across the world doesn't just have to be military okay I
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love you guys much remember that we are stronger than I I'll see you on the next video

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