When Ethan Bavuu first arrived in America from Mongolia he could barely speak a word of English. He was a stranger in a strange land but it was a land Ethan would eventually fall in love with and pledge his life to defend and serve.

“Like many immigrants, I regarded America as the promised land,” explained the 28-year-old. “And like any country, it’s not without its problems, but it is a country that encouraged me to dream big and one which I saw had plenty of opportunities for those willing to put in the hard work.”

As the record proves, hard work is not something Ethan has ever been afraid of. Refusing to let the language barrier stand in the way of him earning an income, Ethan summoned his entrepreneurial spirit and used his professional beatboxing skills to wow the crowds at local venues and put money on the table.

As the years passed, Ethan was determined to give something back to the country he felt had given him so much and decided to enlist in the U.S. Army.

Ethan explained, “Joining the army was life-changing. It taught me so much about myself and the wider world. I believe my time in the army equipped me with the invaluable tools I use every day as an entrepreneur.”

During his time in the services, Ethan demonstrated the sort of qualities that saw him promoted to the rank of Sergeant, about which he said, “When you’re in the army it encourages you to be the best version of yourself you can be. Believe it or not, life in the military fosters an entrepreneurial mindset. You have to be resilient, disciplined, extremely focused, prepared to take calculated risks, and to lead by example.”

 The veteran added, “Life in the military also teaches you to not be afraid of fear. In the army, you’re taught that fear is just another obstacle standing between you and getting the job done. Fear is something to be overcome before it paralyzes you into inaction.”

Upon leaving the army, Ethan was keen to put the practices he learned into civilian life, but at first, he hit a stumbling block. “I took a series of dead-end and unrewarding jobs post-military,” explained Ethan, “And then I hit upon the idea of starting my own e-commerce business.”