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So there I was....

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Callahan's Lawn Services, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MD/NC
    Posts: 2,091

    Congrats on the EAS! I was an 0311 from 2003-2007. Fun times, but being a lifer was not an option for me!

    Your on the right track! Attack your plan and stay with it! The private sector is tough to grasp....especially grunts. I had my years of ups and downs, and finally decided business for myself is the best thing for me.

    Stay with it, stay focused, and when times get tough, never forget your a Marine. Semper Fi.
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,439

    I take a bit of offense to the zero ambition remark. I started ,built and sold businesses in three different assignents. I had anywhere from 3 to 7 guys, fellow troops working for me. It kept them out of trouble, taught them life lessons and put extra cash in their pockets. They all needed CO approval and had to keep up their duties to a high standard. I padded several IRA accounts very well with those businesses. I earned two achievement medals for my efforts. Too say I or any of my troops had zero ambition is an insult. How many troops do their job and head straight for the club every day? Not us, we saw opportunity and took it. I had a waiting line for guys wanting to join us. Deployments and rotations caused isssues but we adapted and overcame. I sleep well knowing my business could burn tomorrow ,but I will still get that check and full medical until I die. Further I made the most of my military career and collected a vast array of extra training designators and held dual MOS when I got out. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. My only regret was I didn't get that last stripe but I did finish with a diamond. Probably my greatest achievment. Developing young troops and giving them every opportunity to make the most of the military still swells my chest with pride.
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  3. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    PatriotServices,

    I believe he just made a blanket statement. Not every lifer falls into that category, but I felt the same way as he did when I was in the Marine Corps. Most of the SNCO's seemed to just want the paycheck and benefits. They were the biggest sh!t bags on the gun line. Again, this was most, but not all.

    YUT!!! :usflag:
     
  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,095

    Thank you for your service sir...PM me if you need help with starting/growing your business.
     
  5. rockycrab

    rockycrab LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Posts: 160

    Semper Fi from Oregon! 83-87 0311 1st MarDiv.

    Always glad to see fellow Jarheads join up in the Green Industry. Attention to detail and indestructible drive to succeed!

    Just wish I could get a few more on my team.

    Any Former-Marines in Oregon can PM me for job ops.
     
  6. Callahan's Lawn Services

    Callahan's Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    No harm was intended by stating the " 0 ambition" comment. I know as well as everyone that there are some folks that re-up merely for job security, ie. paycheck, benefits etc. I absolutely love the security and my job as well as putting on my uniform everyday but I just have a drive to be something more. My ultimate goal is to not be rich, not to have a fleet of trucks or anything big but most importantly being successful and enjoying my job.
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