They’re called “The Few. The Proud.” U.S. Marines earn our respect for their strength, bravery, commitment to honor, and willingness to sacrifice.
There are four defining characteristics of Marines that Americans — particularly small business owners — can emulate:
• An adherence to honor and integrity – Semper Fidelis
Semper Fi (Latin for “always faithful”) is the Marine Corps motto. Recruits who go through basic training undergo a transformation that lasts a lifetime.
“Once a Marine, always a Marine. They stand for an uncompromising code of personal integrity; accountability, self-reliance and discipline. honor, courage and commitment are the bedrock of a Marine’s values,” Wentz says. These are values that apply to entrepreneurs and their commitment to their businesses.
• Commitment to physical fitness
Marines are warriors committed to physical fitness. Most small business owners don’t have the time to get into military-level shape. However, it is important for them to keep themselves healthy. Obesity is a problem in the U.S., and part of the problem is often a sedentary lifestyle for people who work at a desk all day. Make a commitment to eating healthier and exercising regularly.
• Willingness to sacrifice
Members of the military are routinely called upon to make sacrifices — potentially by putting one’s life on the line to complete a mission. Sacrifice for an entrepreneur means long hours, often at the expense of recreational pursuits and vacations. Often, small business owners have to forego spending on pleasure activities in order to invest in their companies. Rarely does someone become successful in building a business without significant sacrifice.
• Fear of commitment is not an option
A Marine does not waiver. They are “all in” — even in the face of adversity. While civilians are not often called upon to risk putting their lives on the line, in order to be successful, they have to ignore the fear of failure. Like Marines, entrepreneurs are individuals of action and consequence.