Veteran Stories

How I Developed a Growth Mindset

How I Developed a Growth Mindset

EGO CRAWLING IN When I got to Iowa State in 2013 I figured I would breeze through college. I was a former Army Ranger, I was playing defensive end for the football team, and I spoke three languages. There was no way in hell that fresh out of high school kids were...

ARE YOUR OBSTACLES TOUGHER THAN YOU?

ARE YOUR OBSTACLES TOUGHER THAN YOU?

Worst summer camp ever In the Spring of 2016, I found myself face down in the middle of the woods, alone and in the dark, somewhere outside of San Antonio, Texas. I had been sent into the woods a few hours earlier on a night land navigation exercise. I was searching...

WHY #DELETETHEADJECTIVE

WHY #DELETETHEADJECTIVE

I was invited to visit the Pentagon in January 2016 to eat lunch with the Chief of the Army Reserve Lieutenant General Jefferey Talley, after I was one of three women who graduated from the first integrated Ranger School course. Officially, I was the third female...

GO TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS

GO TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS

An Army tank company comprised of 14 tanks rolls across the uneven terrain, all tanks scanning their  assigned sectors of fire. They take up an enormous amount of real estate, not simply because of the  sheer size of the vehicles but because of the necessary...

TWO IS ONE, ONE IS NONE

TWO IS ONE, ONE IS NONE

Isn’t it kind of funny that the mistakes you regret the most tend to turn into the lessons that you value the most? Here’s one of mine. As a young and inexperienced Officer, I was training with my unit in northern New York. It was a late night in early November, which...

THE VALUE OF FAILURE

THE VALUE OF FAILURE

I truly believe that failure is the single most important factor in success. Not drive, not potential, not intelligence. Failure. Why? Because only those who have failed have persevered. Some people are absolute studs. You know the ones I’m talking about – you might...

TELL ME WHAT A LEADER IS

TELL ME WHAT A LEADER IS

Can you define leadership? I thought I could until I was asked to stand in front of a room full of my coworkers at a leadership seminar and deliver my definition. My description fell along the standard lines – a leader is someone who influences or guides a group of...

AIRBORNE

AIRBORNE

Author: Glenn Cowan – CANSOF, Venture Capitalist I’m standing on the edge of the ramp fully confident in my actions that got me here, but still a bit nervous.  I’ve walked through and visualised all the scenarios in my head as we climbed to altitude, mimicking my...