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The Ambitious VET Show

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If you're a growth-minded veteran inside the immediate transition window or have been out for years, have realized that immediate transitional education has a shelf life to your goals and aspirations after basic needs are met, and are looking for the #goldengrenades to get yourself out of your own w… read more

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218: Finding Meaning Behind Failure with Marine Corps Officer Chris Pavlak

April 7th, 2023


When you chase things with the wrong motives, the end result has a funny way of teaching you something. Especially when it ends in devasting failure. …

217: Bunker Labs 23A Veterans In Residence Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Cohort Spotlights

March 1st, 2023


In this episode, I dive into the trenches with four veteran entrepreneurs based in the Dallas, Texas area who were accepted in the most recent cohort of Bunker Lab's Veteran in Residence Program, sponsored by USAA, …

216: The Four Fundamentals to Live a Strong Life Post-Military with Dr. PJ Maykish

February 22nd, 2023


How do you find that internal compass to guide yourself from where you are to who you want to become post-military? In this episode, PJ Maykish unpackages his four pillars to living a strong post-military life. 

215: SOFA Agreement, Professional Development, and Military Spouse and Veteran Career Advancement with Kasie Valenti

February 8th, 2023


For many military spouses, moving overseas and trying to find employment can be almost impossible. The consequences of not finding employment negatively impact employment history gaps and long-term retirement plans for …

214: Networking, Building Relationships, and Podcasting with Travis Johnson

February 2nd, 2023


When we get out of the military we can forget how to make friends, develop, and nurture those relationships. In this episode, Travis Johnson shares …

213: Three Reasons Why You Need to Breakthrough Your Barriers in Attaining the Benefits you Deserve Post Military

January 18th, 2023


The majority who serve in the military are patriots, people down on their luck looking for another chance to make something of themselves, or for economic advancement. What we forget when we transition is the long-term …

212: Getting Out of Your Own Way, Seeking Mentorship, and Career Advice with Eric Brew

January 4th, 2023


One of the most consistent things we hear from veterans at AVN is "I am in my own way", but it becomes a blanket statement over a deep wound when you don't know what that means or how to overcome it. In this episode, …

211: Overcoming the NO Self Promotion Hurdle Military Veterans Carry, Setting Up an Attractive LinkedIn Profile, And How to Build a Thriving Network On LinkedIn and in Life with Amy Forsythe

December 21st, 2022


If you have gone through any transition program or leveraged a veteran service organization to set up a LinkedIn profile, you have most likely already learned about the FREE 12-month premium subscription. With that …

210: Identifying Your Trusted Confidants in the Trenches of Everyday Life, Doing Wellness Checks, and Thinking Through Impossible Situations as a Struggling Veteran with Chris Roness

December 15th, 2022


What if you had your top five trusted agents in the trenches with you whom you could rely on to share your plans, goals, challenges, and fears on a …

209: All New Resilience Book "Cleared Out" and Tactics From an Apache Gunship Pilot on How to Overcome Trauma Post Military with Brian Slade

November 30th, 2022


We can easily play defense with the invisible wounds that come back with us after experiencing combat, i.e. PTSD and other trauma. With that said, you do have a choice in the matter, you may just not be aware of the …

208: Building a Story That Sells for Veteran Entrepreneurs and Active-Duty Transitioning Service Members with Dan Manning

November 16th, 2022


We have been telling stories for over 100,000 years as a species to influence and connect with one another. However, when we get out of the military we can often forget this lost art as someone looking for a job, …

207: Military Influencer Conference Takeaways for Aspiring Veteran Entrepreneurs, Corporate and Personal Leaders

November 2nd, 2022


Last week (Oct. 26-29, 2022), I attended the Military Influencer Conference in Las Vegas, NV- what others in the military community describe as the place for all things entrepreneurship, transition, social impact, …

206: Overcoming Your Post Military Career Fears with Andrew Arbogast

October 21st, 2022


Fear is a real thing that all active duty service members and veterans deal with as we navigate the murky water of finding our ideal career pathway post-military. In this episode, Andrew Arbogast, Army retired officer, …

205: A Simple Framework Called "MRBWA" to Hit Black In Landing Your Ideal Career Post Military with Rob Arndt

October 12th, 2022


We veterans can become reactive to the market narrative that we are victims, broken, or even charity cases. AND we both know that if you listen to the show you are looking to use your military experience and benefits as …

204: Veteran Affair Funding Updates and Education Benefits Announcements for FY2023

September 28th, 2022


In this episode, I dive into the Education and Training benefit updates for the Post 9/11 GI BILL for FY2022 through July 2023, share where over 194 …

203: A Simple Framework to Get Ahead of the "Hurry Up and Wait!" Landmine Post Military

September 14th, 2022


If you have served in the military, you have experienced the dreaded hurry-up and wait way of performing and getting shit done. It can definitely be frustrating to even think about and imagine the problems that arise …

202: Building The Moral Courage To Take A Stand On Your Beliefs Post Military with Mayor Josh Penner

September 7th, 2022


When we transition out of the military we can lack this individual sense of moral ground to stand on to build teams and teamwork around us. Mainly, because we are used to doing what's best for the overall mission and we …

201: Celebrating 200 Episodes Milestone: The Top Five Most Listened To Episodes and Learned Lessons Over The Past Two Years

August 31st, 2022


In this episode, we celebrate another 100 episodes produced here at The Ambitious VET Show. I share the top 5 most listened-to episodes and some personal learned lessons over the past two years of being immersed in the …

200: Owning Your Journey Towards Executive Level Leadership After The Military Transition with Bryan Stewart

August 17th, 2022


There are a lot of setbacks and failures along your pathway to becoming who you want to be, finding your ideal career path, and living a life on your terms post-military. In this episode, Bryan Stewart, retired Marine …

199: Overcoming Isolation, Building Accountability Support Around You, and Self Care Habits with JB Basaldua and Jay Fondren

August 10th, 2022


When trying to build a life, raise a family, and advance in your career post-military it can be challenging when you are still carrying unhealed …

198: Veteran Career Opportunities in Education with Daris Mcinnis

August 3rd, 2022


When we transition out of the military we can lose our sense of curiosity, silliness, and ability to adapt to the individual needs of each individual. Coming from a military institution where everything is uniform, …

197: The Challenges of Becoming a Veteran Entrepreneur; Myths, Hacks, Tips, and Resources to Win with Joe Giordano

July 20th, 2022


In this episode, Joe Giordano, retired Army Master Sergeant and founder of Project Opportunity- a free ten-week entrepreneurship training program for veterans based in Salisbury, Maryland shares the challenges to …

196: Creating Your Own Personal Checklist For Daily Success Post-Military with Jason Belvill

July 13th, 2022


We go from a regimented lifestyle in the military to complete FREEDOM post-military. Which can be overwhelming when you are ambitious and looking to maximize your time. In this episode, Jason Belvill, Co-founder and …

195: Identifying Your Voice Post Military with Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. and Voice Over Talent Patrick Kirchner

June 29th, 2022


Learning how to communicate inside a new industry's culture can be a challenge after your military transition. Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Patrick …

194: Overcoming Job Loss, Building Skillsets That Help Others WIN, And Empowering Women Veterans with Melissa Washington

June 22nd, 2022


Melissa Washington has a great story of overcoming adversity and making the most of the resources in front of her that would later have her …

193: Managing People Effectively Post-Military with Mathew Vermilyer

June 15th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how to not get entrapped by your circumstances, gain new leadership insights on managing people who do not have the same experience as you, and practical tips on how to empower team …

192: Getting Established In Your Professional Life Post Military with Susan Simoes

June 9th, 2022


Feeling established post-military can take a long time. In this episode, Susan Simoes a Marine veteran who transitioned into the telecommunications industry and never looked back shares her story of getting established, …

191: Kicking Down BIG Doors Post Military While Being Curious Along The Way With Scott Haas

June 1st, 2022


As veterans, we can all fall victim to leveraging the same leadership style we were taught in the military, being aggressive and commanding people. What if you kept the aggression. however, switched the twitch from …

190: Fostering A Culture Of Inclusion In Your Team

May 27th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn the importance of creating a team environment of belonging, trust, and innovation. In addition, a simple framework on how to inspire and empower team members to bring innovative ideas …

189: Being Present and Focused In the Midst of Chaos, Overwhelm, Stress

May 18th, 2022


In life post-military, we can be responsible for a lot of different roles. Sometimes they can be damn right overwhelming when there are people …

188: 10X Veterans, Failure, and Pivoting Along the Way to Finding Your Profitable Passion Post Military with Scott Mackes

May 11th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how how to change your relationship with failure and when to pivot along your path to finding your purpose aligned …

187: Leveraging Technology To Empower Your Goals, Not You Empowering Technology

May 4th, 2022


In this episode, I share a key idea I gained from a mentor I learned from when I was a sales trainer for a marketing software company that changed …

186: Finance, Resilience, Building Trust. Not Jumping To Assumptions, and Unity

April 29th, 2022


In this episode, I bring six of the most listened to episodes of the show over the past 4 years together in the areas of business and personal finance, resilience, personal growth, Diversity, Unity, and personal …

185: Reflecting, Self-Awareness, and Overcoming Self-Criticism with Gary Slyman

April 21st, 2022


In this episode, you will learn from a 23+ year retired Marine Officer who has a total of 35+ years of leadership experience about how to overcome self-criticism and align your vision, goals, and values together for a …

184: One Positive Psychology Tool To Fuel Your Resilience In Securing A Fulfilling Future Post Military!

April 14th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn what the Broad and Build theory is, who created it, why it is important for you in seeking to improve your positive emotions on a daily basis, and how you can apply it in your life.  …

183: Avoiding Resignation on the Path to Finding Post-Military Purpose

April 6th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how to identify the risk factors that lead you to resignation or lack of drive or motivation in life.  You will also gain a simple framework on how to take massive action in getting …

182: Leadership Principles Veteran Entrepreneurs Carry That Make Them Successful with Chuck Wright

March 31st, 2022


In this episode, you will learn key principles that you carry that make you 5x more successful than 80% of the marketplace you are looking to be …

181: Building Your Own Military Operations In Life & Business Post-Military with George Mayfield

March 23rd, 2022


In this episode, you will learn the benefits of pivoting into new career paths every two years, three ideas to build out a system that 10X your …

180: How Ambitious VETs Can Accept, Think Differently And Get Ahead of Inflation!

March 16th, 2022


In this episode, you will gain three #goldengrenades to thrive during inflation as a consumer and business leader.  Show Sponsor:  At Ease is a …

179: Smart Money Moves with The Military Money Expert© Lacey Langford

March 9th, 2022


Are you a prior-enlisted or commissioned veteran who didn't do 20+ years resulting in no pension? Maybe you are looking to pivot into the financial …

178: Stacking Your Experiences Into a Purpose-Centered Life Post-Military with Anthony Cosby

March 4th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how to lean on your experience, education, skills, and reputation to build a fulfilling life post-military from a …

177: Leading With Generosity Without Sacrificing Profit with Josh Elledge

February 24th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how Josh took his military experience and scaled a company to 6M+ in revenue without any advertising cost leveraging …

176: Failing Your Way Forward to a 7-Figure eCommerce Business with Canadian Armed Forces Warrant Officer Greg Potapenko

February 18th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn mistakes made by an online and E-commerce expert who has been in the industry for over 20+ years while balancing …

175: CBD, Staying Tuned Into What Fires You Up, and Executing Despite Fear with Evan Seale

February 10th, 2022


In this episode, you will learn what it takes to leverage tactical assets to land a job, how to notice when it's time to take a leap of faith on something that fires you up, and gain the needed human capital to live …

174: Three #GoldenGrenades to blow through stressful times in life!

February 3rd, 2022


In this episode, you will learn how to identify your stressors, take extreme ownership of them, and gain one tool that will provide you with the …

173: A Communication Framework That If Used Overtime Will Create A Support System Willing To Die For You!

January 27th, 2022


In this follow-up episode to episode 172, you will gain a communication framework that will equip you with the tools needed to be more influential …

172: How Emotional Intelligent Veterans Build Social Support Systems In The Midst Of Problems

January 20th, 2022


In this solo episode, Chris shares three steps on how you can build social support systems in the midst of problems that appear to big for you to …

171: Becoming Unbeatable Through Your Adversity With Zachary Green

January 6th, 2022


A lot of us think the crucible only happens one time in our lives. However, another way to look at becoming who you want to become after your military service is another testing of skills and character. In this episode, …

170: Being Emotionally Agile During Change with Phil Johnson

December 30th, 2021


During these times of accelerated change politically, socially, and economically in our nation, it's important for you as a military veteran to …

169: Veteran Healing Farms, Medicinal Herbs, And Removing Politics From Situations With Alan Yeck

December 23rd, 2021


What happens when we remove politics from situations? AND… how are healing farms bridging civilians and veterans together in a thriving …

168: Financial Dominance: Your Battle Plan For A Richer Life With Frank Molinar

December 16th, 2021


Are you ready to clear the financial clutter and chaos that is handicapping your potential post-military? In this episode, you will learn some effective personal finance strategies and tactics geared towards the …

167: Sharing Veteran Stories Never Told To Put Veterans "AT EASE" with Christine Walker

December 9th, 2021


In this episode, you will learn what it takes to take a perceived life-altering setback and turn it into a life calling that allows thousands of voices to be heard and lives positively impacted. Christine Walker, of At …

166: You're A Veteran. So What? Get Over it with Marine Corps Veteran Alex Van Breukelen

December 2nd, 2021


In this episode, you'll learn tactics that will fuel your happiness, and sense of personal achievement. You will always gain some mindset hacks to transition from institutional to a growth mindset and how to position …

165: Defining Your Core Values In Your Pursuit To Effective Self Management And Life Fulfillment

November 24th, 2021


In this episode, you will learn what it takes to understand what has you feel successful and gain one new exercise to improve your decision-making …

164: What does it take to create high stakes and high rewarding situations in life post military.

November 18th, 2021


In this episode, I share three critical mental, emotional, and practical #goldengrenades that landed me inside of a room of accredited investors with …

163: Healing Through Horses With J.R. Smith

November 11th, 2021


What are you doing nowadays to escape from all this political propaganda noise going on today to take care of yourself and gain perspective on it …

162: The Ten Truths About The Military Transition With Brian Niswander

November 3rd, 2021


The military transition process can be overwhelmingly personal to your unique experiences. In this episode, you will learn from two decades of …

161: Mastering The Basics When Pursuing Your Life Passion Post-Military With Mark Holm

October 30th, 2021


A lot of times when we have been out of the military for a while we can lose that spark in our hearts and it can leave us feeling empty. In this episode, you will learn how to master the basics and set yourself up for …

160: Becoming A Best Selling Author Post-Military With Steve Kidd

October 21st, 2021


Ever wanted to write a book to tell your story? What if you could have the opportunity to become an Amazon best-selling author within 90 days using a …

159: Being Fearless In Protecting What Matters Most With Mark Ledlow

October 14th, 2021


Some of us get out of the military and fall into security as it is a natural fit to find financial stability until we find the THING we are looking to do that provides us with a greater sense of purpose. With that said, …

158: How To Protect Your Family's Wealth With John Schwartz

October 7th, 2021


Did you know that someone could be targeting your parents or grandparents for financial elder abuse, resulting in them losing their retirement and …

157: The Ability To Magnify Your Value In Life Post-Military

September 29th, 2021


How are you leveraging the skill of magnification around your VALUE delivery inside of your business, life, and career? In this episode, we unpackage one mindset hack to creating unlimited fire support in your pursuit …

156: Bringing The Missing Military Leadership Traits To A Chaotic Society With Retired Army LTC Oakland McCullouch

September 23rd, 2021


Would you like to learn more about the top three leadership traits that are missing in today’s society that military veterans can provide? In this …

155: Creating A Bullet-Proof Innovative Mindset With Retired Air Force Officer Elise Woodworth

September 16th, 2021


Are you feeling like you are swimming against the current of your life right now? What about not feeling fully equipped to solve the problems you are …

154: How To Self Manage During Chaos

September 9th, 2021


In this episode, you will gain the tools to equip you in being bulletproof in the face of today's chaos you are facing in life. Special thanks to a …

153: The Value Of Personal Development For Ambitious VETS with Michael Leonard

September 2nd, 2021


In this episode, you will learn the value of personal development from a Vietnam war veteran, how to conquer your next big challenge, setting your mindset up for success when entering into any new industry, and how to …

152: The Price To Pay In Reaching Your Potential Post-Military with Jeff Zika

August 26th, 2021


In this episode, you will learn how to identify the price to pay in becoming who you desire to be post-military, how to eat your own dog food (metaphorically speaking) before falling victim to paying too much of a …

151: Helping You Jump Into A New Dimension as a Military Veteran Author with Jay Magpantay

August 19th, 2021


In this episode, you will learn how to perform when structures fall out from underneath you, gain a new framework on how to think about influencing your potential customers as an author, coach, information entrepreneur, …

150: Three #GoldenGrenades To Building An Influential Business

August 12th, 2021


For this 150th episode, I thought I would do a solo episode with a brand new format and share three critical insights that helped me go from a …

149: Life's Real Currency with Retired Air Force Major, Brenda Sanchez

August 5th, 2021


Today we have a retired 27-year Airforce. Maj., Brenda Sanchez who has cracked the code in leveraging relationships in personal life and business life to create ongoing progress in your next mission in life. In this …

148: Balancing Being A Busy Military Veteran Dad And Creating A Better Connection With Your Family With Ben Killoy

July 29th, 2021


In this episode you will learn how to choose your hard, find deeper levels of satisfaction and connection with your family as a high achieving veteran, and have an opportunity to learn more about Ben Killoy's work …

147: Leveraging The Veteran Business Outreach Centers To Start, Grow, and Sell Your Business With Amy Amoroso

July 21st, 2021


Ever wanted to learn more about the twenty-two Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) powered by the Small Business Administration (SBA)? In this episode you will learn how to take advantage of the Vboc, what they …

146: How To Make A BIG Impact With What You Have With United States Navy Veteran Cristie Remmel

July 15th, 2021


We all have a story to tell that impacts, heals, and inspires others to move forward in life’s challenges. But not everyone has to overcome being unemployed for 19 years as a stay-at-home mom, with three kids, and …

145: Repurposing Your Military Toughness To Accomplish The Mission Post-Military With Sarah Ford

July 8th, 2021


Are you ready to strengthen your mindset and repurpose your military strengths into a successful life post-military? In this episode, you will learn …

144: Tribe+Purpose with Retired LTC Army Special Forces, Otis McGregor

July 1st, 2021


When you were serving in the military you could always count on the azimuth to point you in the direction you needed to go in to accomplish your …

143: Leveling Up Your Emotional Intelligence To Explode Your Performance In Business And Personal Life With Noble Gibbens

June 24th, 2021


Imagine is what could be possible if you learned how to self-manage your emotions such that you increased your happiness, contentment, or your sense …

142: Killing Mediocrity With 26 Year Retired Navy Seal, William Branum

June 17th, 2021


Looking to stay calm in the chaos of becoming more valuable in the marketplace post military, while anxiety, pain, sleep and stress try to hold you …

141: Overcoming Your F$#k'd Up Flawed Mindset That Is Leaving You A Victim In Your Life, With Spartan Media Founder Jeremy Knauff

June 10th, 2021


Preparation and education can still lead to landmines blowing up your progress. Rather you prepare eighteen months out from your transition date or even if you have been out for years and killing it. Question is how do …

140: How To Increase Your Luckiness By Understanding The Power Of Timing, John Gossart

June 3rd, 2021


What does it mean in the start-up world, when someone mentions TIMING?? This has been a conceptual term in the rules of the game in raising capital, …

139: Connecting Health And Social Care Inside Local Communities With Army Veteran, Taylor Justice

May 27th, 2021


From an Army Officer who was medically discharged to co-founding and growing a unicorn digital health start-up with a valuation of $1.6B, Taylor Justice is breaking the 4-minute mile in how ambitious vets can achieve …

138: Military Learned Lessons Turned $35+ Million Capital Raise With Navy Veteran, Zach Scheel

May 20th, 2021


From Navy Officer in charge of a billion-dollar project in northern Chile to raising over $35+ million and scaling to 40+ employees. Zach Scheel, …

137: Attracting Personal and Business SUCCESS with Air Force Veteran, Victoria Thompson

May 13th, 2021


Have you ever wondered what would be possible if you took 100% responsibility for your development and your income? Imagine being able to attract the …

136: Becoming Indispensable In Your Next Mission With United States Marine Recon Veteran, Chris Taylor

May 6th, 2021


Are you interested in knowing where to start when becoming an award-winning leader in your life? How do you make yourself indispensable in the mission you striving for right now, in your company, or in life? Both these …

135: What Is The Value Of Your Military Experience? Featuring Charles Read, United States Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran

April 29th, 2021


"For those who served, no explanation is necessarily. For those who haven’t served, no explanation is possible."Are you ready to gain the critical insights on where success starts, how to place value on your military …

134: Knowing What Drives Your Business Growth with Navy Veteran and CFO4Vets Founder Scott Chesson

April 22nd, 2021


If you are a veteran owned start up or mid size company who is looking to understand more about the KPI’s or other words- key performance indicators driving your business’ growth, check this episode out! In …

133: Freeing Yourself From Oppression with Scott Kinder

April 15th, 2021


What would it be like to give up your false humility and step into actually owning your shit-hotness in life post military??You will learn how along …

132: Life Is About The Building Blocks of Experience with Fred Wellman

April 8th, 2021


Do you feel like you are hitting bankruptcy in life? Maybe it’s business, relationships, marriage, or just overall wellness? Look, life can be challenging at times AND in this episode you will learn from Fred Wellman, …

131: Three Battle Tested #GoldenGrenades to Pivot Into Profitability

April 1st, 2021


Are you an aspiring, first-time, or seasoned veteran or military spouse entrepreneur who has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, political …

130: Winning the Marathon, Setting Healthy Boundaries, and Giving Back with Amanda Huffman

March 25th, 2021


One of the biggest landmines I see an Ambitious VET fall into after transition is trying too hard to create momentum so they feel successful. On …

129: Be The Most Courageous Person in the Room with Dave Dequeljoe

March 18th, 2021


We all have experienced some dark times in life after transitioning out of the military. Some more worse than others, But what if you could be …

128: The Process of Changing Into A MORE Confident, Secure, and Courageous Man with United States Marine Corps Veteran Paul Beam

March 11th, 2021


Are you a MAN feeling insecure, not confident, or find yourself lacking the confidence needed to lead courageously in areas of life that you care about? Are you a MAN willing to invest the time, money, and energy to …

127: Fighting for Unity and Diversity with Green Beret Veteran Ruben Ayala

March 4th, 2021


Are you a veteran who disconnected from the military community from day one after you served? Telling yourself it was time for a new chapter of your life ONLY to be missing the bond that is unbreakable today? If so, in …

126: Leveraging Military Philosophy to Disrupt the Sharing Economy with United States Marine Corps Maj. Anthony Gantt

February 26th, 2021


Have you ever felt like you were in an environment where everyone was making emotional decisions in the moment versus leveraging a known diddy like BAMCIS which may slow the process down, however, But ensure strategic …

125: Becoming A Titan In Life Post Military with Carson Honeycutt

February 18th, 2021


When we start our transition journey as an Ambitious VET, it isn't always smooth sailing is it?? A lot of us undervalue ourselves or worse subscribe to the wrong information that leads us down a road to no where …

124: Breaking Out of Career Prison by Increasing Your Realized Value with United States Navy Veteran Joel Stewart

February 11th, 2021


Do you feel or have you ever felt like you were in career prison? If so, it's time to break out once and for all! In this episode you'll learn how to discover and build your "realized value" in the marketplace through …

123: Don't Be An Uncle Rico In Life Post Military with 20 Year Retired United States Marine Corps Veteran Carl Forsling

February 5th, 2021


Isn't it funny when you come across those Uncle Rico military veterans who live for their glory days, thinking that their combat action ribbon will …

122: From Building Character in the BIGGEST Franchise System in the World to Making an Economical Impact with Your Own Franchise with United States Marine Veteran Rich Ashe

January 28th, 2021


Did you know that 70,000+ US veterans own a franchise? Gross $140B a year? $24.4B in labor and hiring? Or produce $41.6B in gross domestic product? Sometimes you do not have to go through the learning curve of starting …

121: Diversity, Unity, and Being Treated as an Original with U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Author, And Speaker Cornelius Maxwell

January 21st, 2021


We all wish to be more proactive, more strategic, and on top of things when we get out of our respected military branches. However, we all know we play military until Uncle Sam tells us we are done in the uniform. At …

120: Fueling Your Desire For More with USMC Colonel Garth Massey

January 14th, 2021


How do we keep the desire strong while feeding our leadership skills and mindset to shape the environments we find ourselves in right now? In this …

119: How to Compound Opportunity In The New Year Through All Forms Of Capital with Dr. Derek Abbey

January 7th, 2021


If you are looking for a brand new perspective on to deal landmines in life, i.e. set backs, failures, this is the episode for you. If you desire to improve on building capital in your life, like human, social, and …

118: Focusing on Skills to Accelerate True Career Advancement While Cutting Recruiting Fees in Half with Robyn Grable

December 31st, 2020


Are you a veteran dealing with the uphill battle of trying to keep up with outdated tactics and strategies in finding a fulfilling and lucrative …

117: Leading from the Front Lines During Uncertain Times with Nick Ripplinger

December 24th, 2020


Are you feeling overly serious in life right now?? Maybe you are hesitant or indecisive because you are reacting out of FEAR, which alot of us do when times get challenging and uncertain. In this episode with Nick …

116: Staying Strong Enough, Long Enough To Win Your Race with Jesse Iwuji

December 17th, 2020


Are you hesitant in life right now? Maybe overly cautious or even indecisive? If so stay tuned as Jesse Iwuji, Lt. Commander Navy reservist, Nascar driver, NBC Sports analyst, and owner of The Red List Group LLC- …

115: Accelerating Growth As A Military Entrepreneur (Post) Pandemic With Alex Chompff

December 11th, 2020


During times of uncertainty, it’s so easy to fall victim to survival mindset, in which, we all know all to well from serving in the military. What if …

114: There Is No Time Machine In Life With Jackson Dalton

December 3rd, 2020


Have you ever found yourself thinking “if only I could build a time machine and go back and fix the past?" I think that can be a lot of us sometimes. …

113: Getting Back To Your Origin With Army Green Beret Christopher McPhee

November 26th, 2020

"Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”-Jim Rohn. In this episode, you …

112: Strategic Networking with High Powered Military Veteran Leaders with Ryan Loya

November 19th, 2020


During perceived divided times right now in 2020. It’s important that we as a veteran community stay plugged into a tribe that continues to root each other on. How do we do that and make sure we are networking up not …

111: Special Veteran's Day LIVE Fireside Chat Featuring Otis McGregor and Raleigh Wilkins

November 12th, 2020


In this episode hosted by Michael Parker LIVE inside our Ambitious VET Network Facebook group, we dive into topics like: -The common misperceptions of veterans and what the surprising reality is

-How to translate …

110: Building Emotional Resilience with Executive and Transition Coach Dennis Volpe

November 5th, 2020


Ambitious VET, are you ready to shift your perspective on what’s going on and begin strengthening your resilience, your sense of self, and set clear boundaries so you can finally focus on what matters to you and your …

109: Leveraging Creative Employment Strategies as a Disabled Ambitious VET with Ed Henkler

November 2nd, 2020


In a world where you may find yourself underemployed or unemployed at the moment. Remember there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. In this episode you will learn from Ed Henkler of The Blind Guide as he talks …

108: Unleashing Your Humble Alpha with Lane Belone

October 22nd, 2020


There is a lot of external pressure in the world today; politically - economically and even in the  social construct of how we perform in everyday …

107: Three Feet From Gold with Justin Brooks

October 15th, 2020


One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another. The mental key, however, lies within this …

106: Industry Leader Spotlight - Creating Your Bullet Proof Financial Plan to Achieving Your Life Ambitions with Marine Corps Veteran Lawrence Lagud

October 11th, 2020


The world’s economy has been struck pretty hard with the Covid crisis- but remember- the nation's economy and your own personal economy is totally different. If you listen to this show on a weekly basis you are probably …

105: The Mental Landmines and Myths that Slow Ambitious Vets Down in Their Careers with Kevin Kermes

October 8th, 2020


Are you an Ambitious VET looking to accelerate your career path into an executive role? Are you someone who is finally ready to give up the old …

104: The Warrior Ethos Behind A Life Fully Lived with Carl Churchill

October 1st, 2020


We all want respect as we grow and advance in our lives post military.. But the same way we gained that respect in the uniform isn't the same way we gain it in the civilian marketplace, within our families, and …

103: Translating Jargon and Military Experience to Create Lucrative and Fulfilling Success in Life with Steve Natschke

September 24th, 2020


Have you gotten out of the military uniform and realized just how much you don’t know? Military jargon and Industry jargon in the private sector are not necessarily different, it's just a different language to …

102: The Three Pillars to Increasing Your Self-Awareness and Resourcefulness with Chaunte Hall

September 15th, 2020


Are you someone who listens to this weekly podcast because you discharged out of the military with BIG dreams? Are you listening because you are committed to figuring out how to execute on them? Today’s show with …

101: A Wild Ride Called Life with Annette Whittenberger

September 10th, 2020


Ever wanted to know what it would be like to both find your voice and learn how to express it? What if you were able to be ok with not being ok and …

100: Building Business Resilience Before, During, and After Disasters with Dave Weiner

September 3rd, 2020


60% of small businesses’ FAIL after business disruptors like Covid-19. How do you build business resilience, learn from poor leadership, and minimize risk while not sacrificing the progress you have already made? Listen …

99: The Ninety Nine Round-Up with Marine Corps Veteran, Podcast Director, and Cowboy Michael Parker

August 26th, 2020


In 2018 I set out on a pioneer adventure to see who had the same experience I had where resume writing, interview prep, and other easy to outsource or network your way through skills became overrated in the pursuit of …

98: Why Networking: Unlock Lucrative Opportunities Through Relationships with Dave Burlin

August 20th, 2020


“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”- Peter Drucker business philosopher. Automation has become our new “innovation” and consumers want something immediately which is why Amazon is the …

97: Lead and Manage Your Projects Like a Military General with Micheal J. Penney

August 13th, 2020


A Lot of you who listen to the show on a weekly basis are aspiring thought leaders in your desired field or new battleground, am I right? During these times we all have had to pivot and “adapt and overcome” as us United …

96: Turn Your Military Instincts Into Game Changing Skillsets with Scott Mann

August 6th, 2020


When life feels uncertain and the world’s media is controlling the narrative, how do you as an Ambitious VET frame your own narrative based on your …

95: Being a Disciple of Focused Effort and Plan for Actions with John Lee Dumas

July 30th, 2020


Do you feel like you are doing all the right things because family and friends are saying you are but the “what if” is still there inside your …

94: No Body Cares, Work Harder with Mike Nasche

July 23rd, 2020


We live in a world where 80% are falling victim to problems and circumstances that we all have been dealt, waiting for everything to be back to normal so they can continue to go back the rat race they were running …

93: How You Can Be Influential, Persuasive, and Negotiate on Your Terms in this New Digital World with Laurie Sayles

July 16th, 2020


You maybe feeling resigned, pissed-off or frustrated with what is going on in the world today. And you know what- I get it, it's competitive for all of us in today’s marketplace. Rather, you are a veteran furloughed …

92: How to Stop Suffering in Silence as a High Performing Leader with Jennifer Tracy

July 9th, 2020


Many of us deal with loss, depression, grief, and anger in different ways- and in these times you maybe dealing with one or multiple of these …

91: Gaining Perspective and Leveraging Your Military Training to Succeed During Uncertain Times with Terry Wagner

July 3rd, 2020


Over 40 million American’s alone have been laid off due to the pandemic- leaving us questioning ourselves, are we really essential in our work? Maybe you are in a boat where you are looking at your options and second …

90: Active Duty Military Owned Business Spotlight with Dr. Paul Henning

June 30th, 2020


We all have heard about the dreaded cookie cutter approaches that most box gyms and personal trainers use that end with a smaller bank account, basic workout templates and nutrition advice that are just not unique to …

89: Career Development, Recruiting, and Advancing in Life is a Game of Chess Not Checkers with Darryl Williams

June 26th, 2020


With the world being slowed down economically and some of the biggest industries being hit hard, thus limiting resources and opportunities for us to advance and grow-as Ambitious VETs- it’s still not an excuse to sit on …

88: Understanding Your Values VS Needs in Communication, Career, and Leadership Initiatives with Khemit Bailey

June 19th, 2020


During a slow season in life- just like the hurry up and wait lifestyle you may remember inside your respected branch in the military, it's important …

87: Constant Improvement, The Circle of Life, and Balancing Your Health and Wellbeing with Andrew Beltran

June 12th, 2020


One of the most expensive things you will ever own is a closed mind- How do you as an Ambitious VET continue to reinvent yourself, open your mind to new possibilities, while not jeopardizing your well being, stability, …

86: Psychology of Media, Thinking Independently, and Staying the Course Towards Your Life Goals with Adam Bird

June 6th, 2020


This time right now in history when racism, systematic injustice, and a global pandemic has us human beings globally exposing our deepest insecurities, fears, doubts- it's important to find media that will inspire us …

85: Creating Executive Level Communication That Drives High Performance with Aaron Spatz

May 30th, 2020


Have you ever felt like your communication was not moving your desired end result forward? OR - Maybe you feel like you fit into the veteran …

84: Gibbons Solutions- Veteran Owned Business Spotlight with Joseph Gibbons

May 26th, 2020


Ever wanted to know how to get ahead financially so times like Covid-19 and other crisis that naturally happen in life- don’t bankrupt you? OR, MAYBE- You are an aspiring entrepreneur or industry leader and you want to …

83: How to Leverage the Veteran Status Tactfully to Create Margin in Life with Jerry Flanagan

May 21st, 2020


In this episode you will walk away knowing how to leverage your soft skills you naturally hold as a post 9/11 millennial veteran to create an …

82: Creating Opportunity in the Midst of Chaos with Matthew Griffin

May 16th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with a new perspective on how to serve a cause way bigger than bullets, crisis, or just trying to pay the bills. …

81: Defining Success Along the Way with Josh Prado

April 2nd, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with the insights needed to rebound after multiple pivots after your military transition. Josh explains that …

80: Accelerating the Response to Resources for Military Veteran Leaders with John Boerstler

March 27th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with a tool and over 420+ resources to accelerate your personal needs as a veteran in mental wellness, careers, …

79: Providing Solutions That Last Not Bandaids with Jeremy Harrell

March 19th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away having gained the mental hacks on how to get past PTSD, how to connect in veteran advocated spaces that aren't only about smoking, drinking, and talking about glory days, but are in …

78: Turning Your Passion Into a Paycheck with Eric "Doc" Wright

March 12th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with a complete framework on how to refine your message to be a hunter verses a victim on LinkedIn where over 500 million global business professionals go for career advancement, …

77: Three Golden Grenades to Accelerate Your Career Advancement on LinkedIn with Greg Jenkins

March 5th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with the three essentials to building a LinkedIn Profile that creates sustainable and lasting career advancement and allow the clients, strategic partners, and potential employers you …

76: How in the Moment Purposeless Military Conditioned Habits Become Priceless Later in Life with Patch Baker

February 26th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with how to deal with being misunderstood inside your current circumstances, the difference between the Military organizations and the current C-Level Corporations that struggle to …

75: Communication is Key to Raising your Perceived Value in the Marketplace with Glenn Banton, Sr.

February 13th, 2020


In this episode you will walk away with a brand new out of the box way of thinking on how to raise your perceived value through a few key communication skills that if implemented get you ahead of resume writing, skill …

74: How Erick Castro Built a Utilities Company From 250K to Five Million Using a Simple Military Philosophy

February 10th, 2020


In this episode you will get the tools to keep life and business simple. Erick Castro from Kana Subsurface Engineering Construction Company explains …

73: How to Be Discovered Using Video Marketing with Rich Cardona

February 2nd, 2020


If you are dealing with constantly being placed in positions you don't want to be in out of fear of lack, not having enough, or even not feeling enough, I encourage you to listen to episode where Rich Cardona, Marine …

72: The Three Interpersonal Skills That Will Keep Your Life Advancing!

January 23rd, 2020


This solo episode is for any Ambitious VET looking to advance in their career, life, or business leveraging the three interpersonal skills I had to …

71: Making It Happen After relocating, rebuilding, re-identifying What Matters in life with Frank Manteau

January 19th, 2020


Ever felt forced out of something that gave your life so much meaning and purpose, just to fall into the familiarity of being back in your hometown again? Your comfort zone is a dangerous place and Frank Manteau shares …

70: Finding the Lessons Along the Way with Ryan Matthews

October 20th, 2019


Ever felt like your life is a mess? What if you could turn your mess into a message? Ryan, after years battling childhood trauma and combat PTSD, …

69: Avoiding False Starts and Optimizing Your Career Opportunities with Matthew J. Louis

October 11th, 2019


As a veteran making a career change - or struggling with one - would you prefer to have an 84% chance of success or only 28%? If you'd prefer a …

68: Assess, Decide, Act with Tom Daly

October 6th, 2019


How do we leverage the tools that were engrained in us to win wars, once we lose the rank, uniform, and military prestige? After 19 years in the …

67: Owning Your Piece of America with Markian Sich

September 30th, 2019


Your service doesn't have to end after the military, and neither does your income. In this episode, Markian Sich of Active Duty Passive Income talks about the seed that was planted and the romance that drove him to …

66: Building Grit through the Journey with Ricoh Danielson

September 21st, 2019


What happens when you have exhausted all of your FREE resources, you are backed against a wall and you have to come up with an answer to why you haven't identified that core purpose that drives you after the uniform …

65: Keys to Becoming a Specialist in Life with Pete Sanchez

September 6th, 2019


This one is important to me personally. Pete Sanchez, was one of the first men ever out of the Marine Corps that gave me the resources I needed to …

64: Enjoying the Journey to More with Wally Carmichael

August 30th, 2019


Want to know how to enjoy the journey in earning what you want in life after the uniform comes off? In this episode Wally Carmichael, founder and host of the Men of Abundance Podcast, The Pay it Forward Community and …

63: Developing the Hunger for Growth, Knowledge, and Wisdom with Noble Gibbens

August 25th, 2019


Feeling like you need new tread on your tires or more oil in your tank to keep elevating your life, career, or business? Noble Gibbens, puts on a clinic here on how it's not the mechanics, it's your mind! He shares his …

62: How to Go from Shit Bag to Shit Hot in Life, Business, and Career with Nate Schoemer

August 18th, 2019


Are you in a season in life where you are feeling like you aren't fulfilling on your potential, maximizing your resources, and confident enough in …

61: Getting Your Mind Game Up with Gilbert Saguid

August 11th, 2019


Want to know why you are feeling like you are reacting to life's problems, conflicts, and obstacles versus creating a life by your own design on your own time? The problem isn't all the actions you are taking that are …

60: The Comeback with Richard Kaufman

August 5th, 2019


Are you an Ambitious VET who deals with the landmine we like to call depression? I know I have moments to this day that depression tries to creep up and expose its ugly head in the face of me committed to becoming more …

59: Building Influence, Liberty, and Leverage with Scott Tucker

July 29th, 2019


Do you know what your military service is worth? Depending on your rank and size of your professional network you could be missing out on $1,000s of …

58: Hidden Episode: "Sight Sets the Limits" with Travis Collier

July 21st, 2019


This episode we pulled out from our secret archives. This was our first ever recorded episode of The Ambitious VET Show two years ago. We purposively …

57: The Hero's Promise: Military Bill of Rights with Jose Caballero

July 14th, 2019


In this Episode: You as an Ambitious VET will get present to how, just because you worked in the military as one thing, doesn't mean the thing you were called to do is the same. Jose, having troubles fresh out of the …

55: Building a Brand Digitally with Dan Evans

June 24th, 2019


In this episode: You will get clear on why it's important to build a brand, how to build a quality reputation, and what you need to being doing to build a unique personal brand that attracts opportunity tailored towards …

54: BONUS! Interview with New Moderator of the Tribe Kirby Ingles

June 16th, 2019


In this episode: Kirby recently announced as the brand new moderator of the Ambitious VET Tribe on Facebook, a 20+ year retired first sergeant of the …

53: The Humble Hustle to Attracting More with Dylan Raymond

June 9th, 2019


If you give him 1% he will earn 99%. Dylan Raymond, the transition expert who is a multiple time author, keynote speaker, coach, consultant, and …

52: Building your Platform for Impact with Ronaldo Linares

June 2nd, 2019


In this episode: a man who never let circumstance hold him down, explains how taking advantage of one platform can catapult the rest of your life to …

51: No Easy Button to Meaningful Work with Natalie Oliverio

May 25th, 2019


In this episode: Ever wonder why you are feeling unfulfilled, unsatisfied, or underemployed post military? Natalie shares her story of getting out of …

50: Doing the Work to Attract Opportunity with Barry Engelhardt

May 19th, 2019


In this episode: Ever felt embarrassed after transitioning out of the military for not being able to get things moving quick enough? Barry shares the two things that kept him going after transitioning out of a 20 year …

49: Power of Paying to Play to Become More Quicker

May 11th, 2019


In this episode: Why do some Veterans get out and create fast momentum, influence, solid reputation, and even living a profitable fulfilling life …

48: Keep the Good Times Rolling with Matt Butler

May 5th, 2019


In this episode: Have you ever had an idea for an invention, but just didn't know where to start to execute on it? Matt Butler, Air Force Retired and …

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