“In Special Forces, you’re on a 12-man team that is deployed to different parts of the world and often you are asked to be the representatives of the U.S. government. Now imagine a small team that is given an impossible mission — it’s just like a startup in many ways. You go in, gather whatever intelligence you can, then put together a plan to accomplish your mission: what resources you’re going to need, team responsibilities, the most likely response from the enemy, things of this nature. We learned all of that in the Army, and now as entrepreneurs, find that that kind of tactical planning applies to business as well. And the strength of your team is vital to your success. There’s a saying that fits with what we’ve done in battle and what we’re doing now with Horse Soldier Bourbon: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'” — Scott Neil, co-founder and COO of American Freedom Distillery, retired Green Beret