What’s the hardest part of transitioning from the world of Army Special Operations to the private sector?

This question, posed by a grizzled, ten-year veteran of a West Coast-based Navy SEAL Team, hung in the air.

It was in response to my address to  a group of Navy SEALs from The Honor Foundation , an organization dedicated to “bridging military and private sector careers … for members of the Special Operations Forces community.”

I had been invited to talk about my successful transition into the private sector after serving in two wars, including five combat deployments in the 75th Ranger Regiment, the Army’s premier Special Operations raid unit. I currently work at MuleSoft, a San Francisco-based enterprise software company.