The Power of Resilience — Nu-u-4-nu-life

Resilience helps people cope with life’s changes, setbacks and crisis. Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is the mental reservoir of strength that people are able to call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart. Psychologists believe that resilient individuals are better […]

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The Power of Resilience

Resilience helps people cope with life’s changes, setbacks and crisis. Resilience is what gives people the psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship. It is the mental reservoir of strength that people are able to call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart. Psychologists believe that resilient individuals are better able to handle such adversity and rebuild their lives after a catastrophe.

Dealing with change or loss is an inevitable part of life. At some point, everyone experiences varying degrees of setbacks. Some of these challenges might be relatively minor (not getting into a class you wanted to take), while others are disastrous on a much larger scale (hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks). How we deal with these problems can play a significant role in not only the outcome but also the long-term psychological consequences.

What Is Resilience?
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of disaster while others appear to come undone? People that can keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks.

Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. These problems may include job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

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Instead of falling into despair or hiding from problems with unhealthy coping strategies, resilient people face life’s difficulties head on. This does not mean that they experience less distress, grief, or anxiety than other people do. It means that they handle such difficulties in ways that foster strength and growth.

In many cases, they may emerge even stronger than they were before.

Those who lack this resilience may instead become overwhelmed by such experiences. They may dwell on problems and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges. Disappointment or failure might drive them to unhealthy, destructive, or even dangerous behaviors. These individuals are slower to recover from setbacks and may experience more psychological distress as a result.

Resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life’s difficulties. People who possess this resilience don’t see life through rose-colored lenses. They understand that setbacks happen and that sometimes life is hard and painful. They still experience the emotional pain, grief, and sense of loss that comes after a tragedy, but their mental outlook allows them to work through such feelings and recover.

Instead, resilience gives people the strength to tackle problems head on, overcome adversity, and move on with their lives. In the wake of traumas such as the 9/11 attacks and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, many individuals demonstrated the behaviors that typify resilience.

Not only were they able to remain strong in the face of almost unbearable loss, they were able to carry on and even offer emotional support to others affected by the same tragedies.

Even in the face of events that seem utterly unimaginable, people can marshal the strength to not just survive, but to prosper.

Factors That Contribute to Resilience
Some individuals come by these abilities naturally, with personality traits that help them remain unflappable in the face of challenge. However, these behaviors are not just inborn traits found in a select few individuals. According to many experts, resilience is quite common, and people are very capable of learning the skills that it takes to become more resilient.

Social support is another critical variable that contributes to resilience. Mentally strong people tend to have the support of family and friends who help bolster them up in times of trouble.

Other factors associated with resilience include:

Practice your spirituality,  pray, worship God, attend and be actively involved in church.
Holding positive views of themselves and their abilities
The capacity to make realistic plans and stick to them
Having an internal locus of control
Being a good communicator
Viewing themselves as fighters rather than victims
Having high emotional intelligence and managing emotions effectively.

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Tripping the Light Fantastic by Juli

Most nights, I am the last one to bed, and my routine is set. I let the dog out one last time, turn out all the lights, and make my way upstairs. The house is pitch black, the dog bounds up ahead of me jumping right onto my side of the bed, warming up my […]

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Veteran Friendly Businesses & Companies/CareerChoices

Many companies recognize, recruit, and use the value offered from veterans entering the corporate workforce. Military-friendly companies value your leadership skills, diversity, commitment/discipline, training, flexibility / adaptability, and “in-the-trenches / can-do” attitude and work ethic.

A number of companies that recruit veterans also have internal veterans’ programs.

For example, Booz Allen Hamilton has such a program, as they value the knowledge, experience, and credentials of veterans. They have created a program so veterans are introduced to the “corporate culture,” and the non-military employees are introduced to the “military culture,” joining the workforce and creating a mutual understanding and respect.

Many times I work with my clients to “think outside of the box” and consider positions of interest, e.g., if a client tells me he wants to be an astronaut and he is past the age limit, then I may suggest looking for jobs in the space industry that complement his skill sets.

For example, an IT specialist in the military could look for IT/systems design positions with NASA or SpaceX.

Other job categories include personal protection, professional trainer, medical field (dental hygienist, physician, medical administrator, assisted living professional, EMT), the aviation field (pilot, maintenance, operations), construction, and so much more.

Below are some examples of where to begin your military-friendly job search.

DoD Contractors
Government / Department of Defense contractors value and recruit veterans, as oftentimes, the work you performed in the military is directly aligned with the work needed by the contractor. You may even be able to step into the equivalent job, in the same location, you held in the military.

Additionally, many DoD contractors require their employees to hold security clearances. If you have a security clearance when you leave the military, you may want to leverage that credential, and apply for jobs with DoD contractors. If you already have a security clearance, then you are highly desired by many DoD contractors, and your hiring process may even be expedited.

Other Organizations & Industries That Recruit Military
Interest in hiring veterans is not limited to DoD contractors. Many other organizations, companies, and state and local governments are also very interested.

Security & Law Enforcement Organizations

The military defends the homeland against threats from foreign entities. Consequently, as a service member, you are trained in security, anti-terrorism, and force protection, at a minimum. Your skills and knowledge of security may be a benefit to an employer seeking an expert in security operations and / or law enforcement.

However, you do not necessarily have to “walk the beat.” Your skills may translate to managing a security operation for any type of company: creating security plans, developing contingency security plans for a company or other organization.

The Federal Government

The US federal government offers veterans’ preference points to service members who were awarded a campaign badge or expeditionary medal or were disabled. Many federal positions align with military occupational specialties, and seeking federal employment can make for a smooth transition from the military.

Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, established the Veterans Employment Initiative.

The Initiative is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment in the Federal Government. The Executive Order states the Federal Government will thereby help lead by example in promoting veterans’ employment.

One of the leadership strategies calls on administration officials to “create advocates for veterans’ employment within each federal agency.” All 24 agencies covered by the order have established a Veterans Employment Program.

Start here to learn if you have hiring preferences:
Contact the U.S. Department of State Veterans Employment Program at
Mil2Fed: (Identify federal jobs related to your military occupational specialty)
Here is a short list of the many Federal Agencies that hire veterans:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Intelligence & Intelligence Training Organizations

These types of organizations seek and recruit military, as you are already well trained with hands-on experience in intelligence disciplines. Many of these organizations will be DoD contractors and require a clearance.

Communications, Utilities, and Communications-Oriented Companies

Communications and utilities companies recruit veterans to leverage the skills gained in the military specific to communications and utilities. Specialists in network security (also known as cyber security) are in great demand.

Oil and Gas Industry

Despite oil and gas industry declines, there is still hiring – and you may want to look at available jobs on Hire Veterans:

Transportation Industry

The transportation industry is seeking veterans to drive trucks and heavy equipment. Take a look at TMC Careers to look for transportation jobs: TMC Transportation (
Companies seeking military experience and discipline, (which publishes an annual list of the top 100 Military Friendly Employers),, and other veteran-specific job boards and information sites provide comprehensive lists of military-friendly companies.

These employers range from transportation, finance, health care, technology, government, retail, security, defense, consumer goods, logistics, to insurance, industrial products and services, business services, and more.

Here is a short list of Top Military-friendly companies:

Deloitte Junior Military Officer Recruiting Program
Union Pacific Railroad
Home Depot
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Sodexo, Inc.
Schneider National
Sears Holdings Corporation
Bank of America
State Farm Insurance Exelon Corporation Financial Services
DynCorp International
Corrections Corporation of America
Brink’s U.S.
American Eurocopter
BAE Systems, Inc
Capital One
National Security Agency (NSA)
PNC Bank
Sysco Corporation
TMC Transportation (
Leadership & Management

Your military occupational specialty may be very specific, i.e., accountant, engineer, veterinarian, weapons specialist, chemical/biological/nuclear specialist, pilot, or logistics manager. However, you may also have gained many skills sets complimentary to leadership and management roles within varied military-friendly companies. For example:

A submariner (Navy) secured a position with Coca-Cola as a Bottling Plant Manager
A comptroller (Army) accepted a position with Frito Lay as Director, Accounting Division
A military officer accepted a position with Amazon in Logistics
Another military officer accepted a position with Google
An infantry soldier accepted a position as an Operations Manager/Warehousing with Wal-Mart.
Your leadership skills, discipline, and solid work ethic are very desired by many companies, DoD contractors, and the federal government.

Make a good list of all of the jobs that you performed outside of your MOS to determine your transferable skill sets – and look for jobs in other categories. For example, you may have been an engineer, but were assigned for many years as a logistics specialist; you may have been the budget analyst for the chaplaincy; and so forth. Many Service members take on and execute different responsibilities over a 20-year career.
Teaching Careers

The DoD’s DANTES: Troops to Teachers ( provides counseling and referral services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The DANTES Troops to Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification, and employment opportunities.


You may also consider internships for veterans, which range from new college graduates to professionals. Internships can be helpful with focusing and further developing transferable skill sets. Some internships pay, others are for experience only. If you need to gain some industry exposure, this may be a great alternative.

Here are some ideas:

Goldman Sachs: Goldman Sachs offers an extensive Veterans Integration Program, and an eight-week paid internship program to veterans who possess a bachelor’s degree and have an interest in financial markets.
J.P. Morgan: J.P. Morgan offers a nine-week internship that includes networking sessions with senior company leadership and military veteran employees in the finance field.
Oracle: Focusing on injured veterans, Oracle has developed a comprehensive paid internship program that provides training in IT, technical consulting, finance, HR, sales and marketing.
Google: Google offers a two-day, all-expenses-paid summit if you are a veteran moving into business and technology/pre-MBA.
The Aurora Foundation sources funding to support student veteran internships lists scored of opportunities for internships and many of the participating companies will give preference to veteran applicants.
Locating Other Military-Friendly Employers
To identify military-friendly employers, start with general Google searches, Indeed or Simply Hired searches, and military association searches. You may also look at your alumni associations for mentors or leaders in the industries that are seeking military professionals.

Join groups on LinkedIn specific to military-friendly employers, your alumni, and industries of interest.

Keyword Searches

To aid in locating companies who hire veterans, you can conduct keyword searches using any combination of these suggestions:

Department of Defense Contractors / DoD
Cleared Jobs
Cyber security
Law Enforcement
Homeland Security
Veteran Friendly Employers
Government Jobs
Force Protection
Operations Management

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Ways that Work to build your Brand

Microsoft,  Apple, Red Lobster, Quick Trip, Amazon are Brands that are making big splashes throughout our community’s. All brands start small and are developed and grown over time. Each day take the time build your brand and over time, your brand too can be noted, known and making a great impact to enhance the quality of life for others.  Here’s how to start and grow your personal brand.

1. Focus on what you do- It’s important to be clear on what the core of your personal brand is. Are you a speaker? A consultant? An author? Is your focus technology? Marketing? Back pain? Healthy eating? Leadership? A strong personal brand is strengthened when you enable people to narrow their focus of what you do.

2. Recruit Supporters-  As you seek to build your personal brand, don’t focus on generating sales. First, focus on building your community, or building your tribe. I’m not saying you should NOT generate sales. However, building your tribe should be about building a community of followers who know, like and trust you. To build this tribe, encourage people to join your email list, like you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter and otherwise connect with you to continue the conversation.

3. Showcase your personal brand with social media. It is essential that you showcase your personal brand. Showcase your thoughts on leadership, showcase your speaking engagements. You need to FEED your community. The best way to do this is through the power of social media. Several times a day on Twitter, several times a week on Facebook, and wherever your customers reside on social media, you need to be actively engaged with your supporters.

4. Video brings your brand to life. Video is a powerful way to bring life to your personal brand. Remember, most of your tribe cannot get up close and personal with you. However, through the power of engaging videos you can get closer to and more personal with your community.

5. Speak at events and organize your event. Events are a very powerful way to connect with your community in real life. Sure, we can see our favorite celebrities through live streaming and other multimedia options. However, when they have live performances and events, we still want to go, right?Having a live event for your community is no different. Speaking at other people’s events is a great way to showcase your thought leadership, too. Organizing your own event is a powerful way to showcase your brand.

Publish a book. Being an author is a way to add credibility and strengthen your personal brand. Think about it: You have to pick expert A or expert B. Both are about the same except one has a book. The one with the book will most always be picked, as they appear smarter, more credible, and more prestigious. A book is an important way to solidify your personal brand.

6. Publish a book. Being an author is a way to add credibility and strengthen your personal brand. Think about it: You have to pick expert A or expert B. Both are about the same except one has a book. The one with the book will most always be picked, as they appear smarter, more credible, and more prestigious. A book is an important way to solidify your personal brand.

7. Get media coverage. When the local TV affiliate, radio station, magazine or other media ask you to speak as an expert, it gives you credibility and amplifies your brand. This requires active outreach to get their attention, but it is well worth the time and effort.

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Strive to Finish Stronger the second-half of 2016


Each of you have can have a better second half of 2016.  Robert Schuller says, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me.” Too often people underestimate their God-given potential, talents and resources to grow and go from good to great.  Many people have good relationships that are beneficial for all persons involved.  People have good kids, good businesses and are doing good in their profession.  We have had good leaders and their great leaders.  History shows that we here in America have good people and some great ones.  Many business leaders explain the difference between good business deals and great business deals.  Some time ago I read an article from John Maxwell’s Maximum Impact getting taller is debatable, but it’s generally between the ages of 16 and 21. I often wonder at what age most leaders stop growing. Unfortunately, in my experience, most people settle into average by…

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Ways to support our Military and Veterans


Every year since 1999, National Military Appreciation Month has been celebrated in May. But even though the official celebration lasts only one month, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to publicly demonstrate, year-round, our appreciation of the sacrifice and dedication that our military service members make to protect our nation. From saying a simple thank you to a service member to hiring a veteran for their superb leadership skills, here are a few ways to support the military and

Visit an older or wounded veteran. Check out VA Voluntary Service to learn more about official volunteer programs.

Display the American flag on your home or business

Engage media to highlight military and veteran events

Invite a service member to participate in a family holiday meal or celebration

Send a care package to a solider through USO Cares. The USO is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides a real way for…

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