On this new episode of Got Your 6, Tony Nash talks with Drew Mayville, a US Army Special Operations Forces veteran and special operations equipment manager at Beaver Fit North America.
Drew, who transitioned out of the military just over a year ago, says he still carries with him some habits from the military, such as waking up early and having a regimented schedule. This helps him keep his discipline and momentum primed as well as setting his day’s tempo.
However, there are some key lessons he had to unlearn as he navigates the civilian life. Now, he tells veterans to learn how to prioritize themselves.
He reminds veterans that the military keeps on moving and turning even without you, so you need to take care of yourself, too.
While veterans should not abandon their military values, he says they have to be flexible in adopting to new values.
“You’re the priority in this transition. You really got to build your stake and look out for your own interests because you don’t have this giant big green Army machine looking out for you.”
“Money isn’t everything, but it is a thing. That’s just how the civilian world works."
Growing up in a military family and having served for a decade, Drew says another lesson he had to let go of is focusing too much on the future. He is now working on living life in the moment. Enjoying the present allows him to take a step back and see the big picture, especially in his job and career.
Ranger School and getting difficult things done
One thing that has made a tremendous impact in his life is Ranger School, which he says was the first hard thing he did coming out of West Point. He learned a lot about leadership and, most of all, about himself.
It has become a motivation for him to get up and do better every day. As he says, once you have a Ranger tab, people expect more from you. You also expect more from yourself.
It was also there where he learned one key lesson in failure that has stayed with him until now. He recalls their last week at SFAS or the Special Forces Assessment and Selection, where his team was leading in the early events but went downhill after encountering a problem – getting stuck on making it easy to transport telephone poles and ropes led to internal bickering and conflict.
Then, a teammate calmly told them that the issue is that they spend so much time and effort to make it easier instead of accepting the enormity of the task and just get it done anyway.
While it’s sometimes good to think outside the box, Drew says, “sometimes you just gotta have it done.”
“It’s gonna suck; the sooner you can get over the fact that it is gonna suck, the quicker you’re gonna get to the end.”
Tomorrow is always a good day to be better
Drew shares his mindset in ensuring continuous improvement: There’s always a tomorrow to become a better version of yourself.
He says it does not matter so much what happened yesterday – whether you failed or succeeded –because that is already over. You have to focus on what can still be done.
Failures and mistakes are part of change and learning, but they should not control you.
“Learn from it but don’t dwell on it. Forget what happened yesterday, good and bad, and just focus on the present and just know tomorrow’s coming. I can do better tomorrow.”
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