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Closing the Gate on 2018

Closing the Gate on 2018 Last year was an absolute roller coaster ride. Filled with the same types of ebbs and flows I imagine most entrepreneurs face on their journey to creating a sustainable business. About this time last year, I was convinced I had made a mistake and KC Cattle Company was not going to make it. I’m pretty sure the only thing that kept me going was my stubbornness and “never quit” mentality I had drilled into my head during my time in the military. In March of last year, I was still struggling to figure out what my next move was to try to get some traction with steady sales. My wife texted me one day while...

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Guardian Angel

            The sudden loss of a friend, brother, sister, parent, or child is a bear of a burden I do not wish on anybody. Unfortunately, these types of tragedies happen all too often in our world. The grief and pain inflicted by such a powerful wound is not something that ever completely heals but it does change its manifestation in your mind over time. You have to choose whether that moment is going to define you as when you took a turn for the worse, or as when chose to live the rest of your life in that person’s honor.             When my brother-in-law, SSG Jeremy Katzenberger, was killed on my first deployment, I had no idea...

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The Hedonic Treadmill

Last weekend I was sitting in a classroom in Columbia, MO for my MBA program listening to a lecture on microeconomics. We had a guest lecturer for this portion of the class and he brought up a theory I had never heard before, the hedonic treadmill. The hedonic treadmill speaks of how people, in general, have a set point of happiness, and although stimuli occur resulting in peaks and troughs in a person’s happiness, normally they return to their previously set point of happiness. For example, say you are receiving salary A for your job and your boss walks in informing you about a 50% raise, resulting in salary B. You would be thrilled right? According to this theory, eventually,...

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Cole Range’s Impact on my Civilian Life

Since I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to be in the military. My inspirations for what I wanted to do in the military changed throughout my adolescence. After I saw the movie The Rock, with Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery, I thought I wanted to be a Navy Seal. I had two life mentors in middle school who were both Marines in the Vietnam War. They convinced me the Navy was for the birds and I needed to be a Jarhead. This was what I worked towards until my freshmen year of high school. My brother-in-law had just dawned his tan beret for the first time and informed me of the prestige associated with the coveted Ranger...

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