Using Persistence and Grit to Succeed in the Civilian World

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces can put the leadership skills from their military careers to use … [+] in the civilian business world.


Leadership is more than a job title. It’s a set of skills you learn through experience. Throughout the history of our country, the U.S. Armed Forces have been a crucible for building leaders whose skills have carried them beyond the military world to success in the private sector.

With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to take a long, hard look at how veterans can use their hard-earned skills to thrive in the civilian business world. During the month of November, I’ll be sharing the stories of five veterans who have used the leadership skills honed in the military to fuel their career success. Special thanks to Tara Rae Bradford for helping to gather the great stories featured in this series.

Power of Grit

J. Ryan Brewer, D.O., is a former U.S. Air Force flight surgeon. He is medical director of LasikPlus Austin and LasikPlus San Antonio and serves as the chief of ophthalmology for the South Texas Veterans Health Administration.

During his service as a USAF section chief in ophthalmology, Brewer performed thousands of corrective refractive surgeries to ensure mission-readiness for the best pilots in the nation. But this didn’t make the idea of transitioning to a civilian career any less intimidating.

Even though Brewer had performed the highest number of these surgeries in the Air Force each year he served and felt he was the best LASIK surgeon

Keep reading this article on Forbes Small Business.

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