My best friend Jack and I started a business together after we came back from the military.
Jack and I were both stationed in the same place.
We became friends very quickly and enjoyed a lot of the same activities. Both of us like to go fishing. I bought a boat the last year I spent in the Army and Jack and I spent a lot of time on the water. Both of us talked about owning a business of our own. I had a ton of money saved up from my time in the Army. I had not spent much money at all. I told Jack that I would be willing to put up some money so we could start an HVAC repair business. Heating and Refrigeration were our main jobs in the military and it made sense to start a career in this area. Jack was hesitant at first. He didn’t know if he wanted to repair heating and air conditioning systems for the rest of his life. I told the guy to take his time but I went ahead with my decision to start the business. Jack joined me about a month later. The two of us were hugely successful during the first couple of years. When Jack wanted to take the business to a commercial level, I disagreed with the decision. The two of us argued for weeks and finally Jack decided to leave the business to start his own company. I was extremely sad to see Jack leave, but it was clear that the two of us were not going to agree on the direction of the business. We parted ways and I never saw the guy again.