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Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups Paperback – October 5, 2017
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As a military spouse and entrepreneur, this is the book I wish had years ago! Jen has such a giving spirit, and now she's giving her readers an incredible opportunity to soak up her wealth of knowledge!
Courtney Slazinik, CEO, Click It Up A Notch (and a military spouse)
Jen Griswold reminds us that we already have the tools, and offers insights into a variety of paths to success, harnessing these tools and giving them new meaning and life. A must read for any "seeker" looking to expand beyond the mundane.
Jennifer LB Robins of Predominantly Paleo, 4x bestselling cookbook author and Founder of Legit Bread Company (and military spouse)
So often I hear people say that they have a great business idea, but no idea what to do with it, or where to start. THIS is where to start. Through vast personal experience, insight from industry leaders, and advice from fellow entrepreneurs, you'll be moving from concept to profitable business in no time!
Bridget Platt, CEO, Daddy’s Deployed (and a military spouse)
Mission Entrepreneur is about following your dreams and reminding us that they sky really is the limit. Jen’s story is the voice for all of the military spouses who refused to quit even though the odds were against them.
Maureen Dougherty, CEO, Northeast Girl
Entrepreneurship is about creating solutions to big problems. As both a veteran and military spouse, Jen understands the difficulty faced by the family of military members. But she also understands the potential they have to create value for each other and for others while supporting their spouses. Jen provides practical advice to military spouses who want to have it all: build and own a business while still being a world-class partner to their military member/spouse.
Eli Bremer, Air Force Officer & Olympic Athlete
Military spouses no longer have to feel trapped and isolated. Thanks to Jen Griswold they can dream bigger. She is there to help them forge a new path.
Nicole Feliciano, Author of Mom Boss and CEO, Momtrends
About the Author
Jen Griswold met her husband while attending the Air Force Academy. He became a pilot and she went on to become an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, which meant that, like him, she was often deployed. When the couple decided to have children it made sense for Jen to join the reserves and stay at home, at least for a while. After three years, no longer willing to put her identity on reserve, she began to look for part-time work. Despite her level of education, she was unable to find suitable work for part-time hours, and decided to go into business for herself as an interior designer. Her business was a success, but ended for her when the call of duty sent her family to a new location, and Jen prepared to start all over once again. Fortunately, Jen understood the power of entrepreneurship, and began a new business in an up and coming network marketing company. She decided at that moment that she would give a large portion of her earnings to a nonprofit micro loan organization, and asked them to earmark her money for loans that go to military spouses. And that is only the beginning of her story. Many years later, she continues to give generously every month to causes she believes in. “The desire to help people has always been in the forefront of my mind,” she says. “And I know it’s the reason I have succeeded in my business.” Jen’s passion to help military spouses achieve success and her desire to educate people about their lives comes from experience. She knows very well how hard it is to move every three years, to struggle to find work, to lose yourself in the constant inconsistency. “So many of these women are highly educated people who have given up their careers. And they don’t always want to move around all the time, but they do, and they do it without complaining. It’s a big sacrifice, and I feel like the least we can do is help them a little.” With her new company, Jen’s spirit of generosity has been contagious. The team she co-founded, called Team GIVE (Genuine Inspired Vibrant Entrepreneurs) all give in some way, whether it be money or their time, and it is the overarching drive behind the team’s success. Jen’s main focus is teaching women leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The sense of empowerment that comes with owning your own business is something she feels very strongly about sharing. Confident that there are many women out there who have it in them to do this, she encourages those who feel intimidated by being their own boss. And she freely admits that when she got into this business, she didn’t always know what she was doing herself. Today, Jen Griswold has reinvented life for herself and her family. She embraces the change that has come with working with women, where there is a spirit of collaboration. She loves that the people she works with now are always helping each other, and nurturing each other’s growth. In a society where the business world can be cruel, Jen has created a business based on support and sharing, which is so hard to come by. Further, she has built a group of people who can be proud of their achievements, in whatever measure they choose. When asked how she measures her own success, her answer came easily. “Watching leaders grow. The more people empowered and the more leaders I inspire – that’s how I measure my success.”
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Chapter 3: WHY-centered business
Chapter 5: What Holds Us Back?
Chapter 6: When You Hit the Wall
Jen humbling shares from her experience and I think all can benefit from her wisdom!! Love her heart for the military community and entrepreneurship.