Is your team prepared to achieve a common goal? In order for that to take place, you have to forge commanders! Adam Nugent is joined by Jason Van Camp. He is the founder and chairman of Mission Six Zero, a company that aligns individuals and teams with a sense of purpose, direction, and motivation toward common goals. The company supports his nonprofit Warrior Rising, which is dedicated to helping veterans succeed in business. Adam Nugent talks with Jason about the values and the growth mindset needed to find purpose and strength in your life and discover that important team mission!
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As a decorated Green Beret, former linebacker for the Army Black Knights football team, successful businessman, and best-selling author, Jason Van Camp is no stranger to being comfortable with the uncomfortable. In this podcast excerpt, he talks with Adam Nugent about why some veterans struggle after deployment and how his organization Warrior Rising helps veterans achieve business success.
AN: One of the big things you do with Warrior Rising is help vets. Was there a lot of therapy or things you did afterward? Was it a rough adjustment coming back into civilian life?
JVC: It’s different for everybody. Coming back from my second deployment was really rough. It was weird for me coming back. It’s almost like flipping a light switch. You’re in such a high state of alert. You’re worried about roadside bombs, knowing who trust, realizing that every single day you walked out the door there was a chance you could die. Then you come back and just automatically have to switch all that off.
I think the day I came back it was Halloween. People were just walking around, and I was like “This just doesn’t feel right. This is weird.” It took me a while to get my head right again after my second deployment. I just knew I wasn’t the same person.
AN: So, what does that mean to get your mind right? What were you doing?
JVC: Like I said, everybody handles it differently. Some guys are fine with it and they have no problem with it whatsoever. They understand what they got themselves into. They knew what they were going to do before they went over there, and they got their minds prepared for it. The guys that struggle are the ones that didn’t prepare before going over there.
So, when the situation presents itself in combat in real time, and they’re forced to make a decision right then and there, and they haven’t thought it through in their mind, they have to do something, and what they do usually bothers them. That’s what they take back with them to the states. They have a hard time reconciling that and letting go of that and just kind of figuring out what that means for them with their new identity.
We started Warrior Rising to help veterans find their purpose and community again through business ownership. So, what that means is that people come to us—veterans or immediate family members of veterans—and they’re like, “We want to start a business,” or “We have a business already. It’s just that we need help. We need to get to the next level.” Last year we raised about a million dollars alone, and we helped 2,000 veterans.