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166: "I did my 20 years. Every day, I answered to someone else. Now it's my time to do something I'm passionate about." Tory Hegrenes' Tiki Boat Business - Part 1 of 2
Episode 159th November 2023 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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166: "I did my 20 years. Every day, I answered to someone else. Now it's my time to do something I'm passionate about." Tory Hegrenes' Tiki Boat Business - Part 1 of 2

Jen Amos invites her guest co-host, Scott R. Tucker, for a two-part interview with VB Tiki Tours Owner and Boat Captain Tory Hegrenes. Tory starts by crediting Scott's book, Veteran Wealth Secrets, as the catalyst for him to start his tiki boat business. He discusses the importance of networking, pursuing his passions after retirement, and how he is building his business one step at a time. In closing the first part of this interview, Scott hints at how you can leverage the military pension and disability pay as a risk buffer for entrepreneurship.

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