Marine Veteran Slays 20 Mile Ruck March | Chicago Veterans

Marine Veteran Slays 20 Mile Ruck March

In honor of our fellow brothers and sisters of the military, we agreed to do on the spot a 20-mile march over Memorial Day weekend, hosted and sponsored by Chicago Veterans.

The coolest part is to fight through cramps, aches and pains. The biggest thing is to not stop, because if you stop, you lose momentum.

Here’s what I’ve learned this after walking 20 miles for 8 hours on a moment notice:

Any small injury will cause some kind of disability, in fact, I deal with a condition called “gout” which is a horrible condition that is untreated by doctors.

However, I was inspired by my conversation earlier this year with retired NAVY SEAL David Goggins. I was inspired by his efforts to raise money for NAVY SEAL by doing a marathon. David has very little training, in fact, his training only had 20 minutes interval. “My workout routine was to go the gym and my cardio was 20 minutes on the elliptical every Sunday” Explained David Goggins in our conversation.

Which taught me a business lesson any entrepreneur can use:

1- When In Doubt, Do It

In business, there is no such thing as perfect timing, you just have to implement, execute, and adjust along the way. Otherwise, your competition is going to ruin you over.

2-Go With A Team

Doing this alone, just by yourself would have been tough, and such is a journey of entrepreneurship as you start your business. Having a board of advisers, a mentor, and some running buddies in business can help you go far. People that you lean on along the way, that have your best interests in heart and vice versa, makes the journey a lot easier.

3-Push Past The Pain

In business, there is also going to be a lot of mental anguish, there is going to be some pain, some moments when your back is up against the wall, and you got to make a move. Anticipate the pain, learn how to deal with it, so it doesn’t knock you off your goal.

4-Mind Over Matter

You’ll face lots of challenges in business because you running your own business, will mean the whole company’s responsibility is on your shoulders.

5-Don’t Stop

We keep telling ourselves: you know what, let’s take a break. But here is the thing, the moment we start slowing down, it will take a while to get back to the same level of pace and momentum we had before. Once you have momentum in your business, you will never ever want to slow down.

The bottom line is to keep enjoying the journey. Yes, business is about the goals and the destinations, but along the way, you should enjoy the moment!


If you’re in the Chicagoland area for next year’s Memorial Day week, let us know if you would like to join the 20 Mile Ruck March MoneySmartVeteran team!