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Lessons from Veterans: 5 ways to improve your life

Posted at 11:26 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:26:22-05

While only about .4 percent of the United State population is currently service on active duty and 7.3 percent are veterans, all of these servicemen and women have critical training the entire country can learn from about how to get along with each other; regardless of differences.

Eric Rittmeyer, a former U.S. Marine and an expert in the fields of mental toughness and emotional intelligence, shares techniques the military uses to continually complete their mission of unity and peace. He's also the author of the book “The Emotional Marine – 68 Mental Toughness and Emotional Intelligence Secrets to Make Anyone Instantly Like You.”

They have a sense of unity

Every veteran raised their right hand and took an oath to serve their country. Regardless of the branch of service, or the amount of time served, all veterans are unified.

They don’t see color

In the Marine Corps, everyone is green. You’re either a dark green Marine or a light green Marine. The race of the person standing next to you is irrelevant. All that matters is knowing they have your back when the chips fall.

They respect each other

Active duty or prior service makes no difference. The respect learned in the military sticks with veterans until the day they die. And this respect isn’t just for their fellow service members; it’s respect for everyone they meet.

They put the mission first

While putting the mission first might sound like something that wouldn’t translate into the civilian world, it’s actually very relevant. It’s all about having a goal and/or task at hand, and never losing sight of what needs to be done to complete it. In civilian terms – “keeping your eyes on the prize.”

They work together

In the military, you’re forced to work with each other. This requires you to create ways to find common ground and work through differences to finish the job. Veterans have been put in many situations that require them to work through problems and remain laser focused on completing the mission; no matter what the circumstances.

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