We like to share very honest experiences about entrepreneurship at The Jonas Project. Not every business launches, and not every business succeeds. But with every experience our Veterans have, they learn incredible lessons that will help them in future careers and possibly with future business ideas.
We like to recognize these moments as success in disguise. When Josh Waguespack of Stryker Security decided to make the big decision to close down his start up and take a job with a non-profit, it was not an easy one, but he learned so much from his experience that we know he’ll be a HUGE success in every endeavor he embarks on from this point forward. Below, you can get a sense of Josh’s decision and the things he learned.
“My wife and I decided to stay in Washington state. I accepted a job in Tacoma managing the Homeless Adult Services operations with Catholic Community Services. They just built a new building named the Nativity House. It has a day and night shelter, food kitchen and apartments all under one roof. It’s a beautiful building with great work flowing through it.
I have made the difficult decision to shut down Stryker Security. My dream still exists, but the dream itself can use a little maturing. I jumped in too quick and had some significant life events that just didn’t put me in the right situation to come out successful.
I get to work on numerous projects with the new position. The one I am most excited about is developing a culinary program that will teach the participants skills to become successful in the restaurant industry. Developing the program from concept to closure provides me the opportunity to gear the program to the many homeless veterans on Tacoma’s streets. The programs and non-profit contracting that I am now a part of will increase my skills to be successful in my future endeavors.
Though I am no longer a VOB I wanted to still volunteer my time with TJP. I really respect the mission and the group of family and friends that are pushing the dream forward.
As far as where I go from here. I changed my degree program from an MBA with security management concentration to a Masters in Project Management with a concentration in security management. I learned from Stryker that I do not want to be in the guard contracting game and that the market is bigger for security system designs and compliance projects. At the end of my studies, I have the opportunity to get the project management certification and then the security certification. Once that happens in a few years, I will try again but with more weight under my belt.
Thanks again for believing in me. It changed my life and I am truly grateful.”
Josh is an amazing example of what the right attitude about learning can do for an entrepreneur. He realized that he needed more time to develop personally and professionally before he tackled his dream of being his own boss. In the meantime, he’s going to make amazing things happen for deserving people. And THAT, is a success story in disguise!
Best of luck Josh! You were amazing to work with and we know you’ll do great things.