Optimism: The Fuel for Peak Performance & Resilience

What do you picture when you hear someone talk about optimism? Something like this? 

This is by far my favorite cup analogy! All joking aside, optimism, or rather the benefits of an optimistic outlook are far underrated. You may feel somewhat unsure about the notion of optimism given your military background. I’ll admit I was at first. As a former Military Intelligence Officer, we were taught to think in terms of the most likely course of action and the most dangerous course of action – and have a contingency plan. That approach seems in stark contrast with an optimistic outlook. Although there was the “plan for the worst, hope for the best” adage.

While it served us well in the military, living primarily through this lens out of uniform can have detrimental effects on our health, wellbeing, relationships, performance and resilience.

Our brains are hardwired to notice, remember and weigh negative events more heavily than positive events. Have you...

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Veteran Underemployment: Causes & Cures

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for all veterans fell to 3.7% in 2017. Having this low unemployment rate for veterans is great. However, this statistic doesn’t take into account the level of veteran underemployment.

According to a 2017 study nearly 31.8% of veterans were underemployed; that rate was 15.6% higher than their non-veteran counterparts. What does this mean for you, as a veteran in your post-military career?

Underemployment refers to someone that has a job that is below their level of skills, education, qualification and/or salary requirements. An underemployed veteran may find themselves facing one, many or all of these issues.

However, you may simply feel unfulfilled with your current role which can also cause you to feel underemployed. In a Washington Post survey, 66% of veterans felt more purpose and meaning in the military than in their current career and 67% felt frustrated that they weren’t using 3 or more of their...

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