I am in the middle of a project to help U.S. Army Green Berets transition to civil society.
The project is called Next Ridgeline , sponsored by the Green Beret Foundation – it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve been involved with in a very long time.
One of the primary pillars of this program is helping the Warrior re-direct his passion and purpose into something as good or greater than the unbelievable sense of fulfillment that came from being a Green Beret.
For me, I knew I would be a Green Beret when I was 14 years old and it never changed. This sense of higher purpose and destiny is in many of us. It’s just who we are.
Ignoring our passion and settling for something else is dangerous to our spirit and cheats America out of what we have to offer her and our citizens as we return home to live in peace.
The other day someone suggested that maybe I should spend less time talking about re-directing passion and more time on just helping Green Berets find jobs. After all, that’s what’s most important.
I have to call BS on that one. Every Green Beret I’ve ever known in my 23 years of Army service were high performers who didn’t settle for anything but chasing their dreams and being the best. To leave that out of the rest of our lives is a tragedy waiting to be written. I am convinced that it’s at the heart of many of the problems facing our Veterans today – Warriors settling because they are not sure what else to do.
To all of them, I tell you this…go BIG. You’ve spent your adult life risking your Ass for God and Country. You’ve cut your teeth being audacious and taking risk. Transition is not the time to be timid.
Keep close to your Brotherhood and your belief in yourself. You have earned these new dreams. These new passions are yours forged in blood, sweat, and tears. You and your Family – this is your time – your time to dream big and act BIGGER.
This link is for you and I hope that it inspires all who watch it (Green Beret or not) to re-examine where you are in your life. I hope it leads you to re-set your internal compass, and stoke that fire in your belly – and go after your dreams.
You only get one shot at life and the dreams you take to the grave are a life unfilled.
Join us at www.greenberetfoundation.org.
De Oppresso Liber.