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70: “How Hard Can It Be?” – With Trish Murphy

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Trish Murphy, weathered extreme Alaskan conditions as a mechanic during her time on active duty. Her inspiring narrative of homeschooling her children and launching a fresh entrepreneurial venture is certain to captivate and motivate listeners.


Trish Murphy embarked on a remarkable journey when she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as a mechanic. While stationed in Alaska, she honed her skills, maintaining and repairing complex machinery like generators, heaters, and hydraulic systems. This experience sparked her “How hard can it be” mindset. After serving four years in the Air Force, she chose to transition into civilian life, focusing on her growing family.

Their subsequent relocation to New Hampshire marked the beginning of Trish’s commitment to homeschooling her children, a dedicated effort that spanned 13 years until her daughter’s graduation. Her teaching philosophy emphasized fostering a love for lifelong learning in her children.

Capitalizing on the opportunities offered by the Montgomery GI Bill, Trish obtained a  degree in Marketing. In 2016, she established her own agency, ‘Marketing Smarty Pants.’ Her narrative about steering this business venture through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic promises to strike a chord with fellow entrepreneurs.

In this episode’s business tip, Gene offers advice on words you believe in.

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    00:44 – 04:03 Trish’s military service.

          04:04 – 13:13 The decision to transition and homeschool.

     13:14 – 17:03 Running a marketing agency.

17:04 – 20:00 Balance and lessons learned.

20:01 – 24:12 Gene’s Biz Tip -Words you believe in.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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