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Mike Liguori
Mike Liguori is an American author, former U.S. Marine and veteran of the Iraq War. Liguori has written on a variety of subjects including veterans and mental health. He became known for his war memoir The Sandbox Stories of Human Spirit and War which tells his experiences during the Iraq War and readjustment to civilian life.

Entries by Mike Liguori

How My Friends Would Want Me to Remember Them on Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 4:18 PM

When Memorial Day weekend comes around, I often think of my friends that died overseas in Iraq and the ones that left far too soon. Now I could go into a deep dive of why our country needs to look beyond the assorted meats grilling in the middle of the...

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What It's Like to Live As a Veteran With a Mental Health Stigma

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 5:20 PM

My heart was racing. I felt the sweat starting to make its way down my face as I attempted to disguise my anxiety about reading the first time I encountered an IED from my tours in Iraq. I stood at the podium, with the eyes of the class and a...

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Why Your Safe Zone Is Keeping You From Pursuing Your Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Why do we fear risk? What keeps us from living out the things we want most?

The safe zone.

It is why that new business idea you've been thinking about has never been put into action. It's why you've never asked out the girl you have your eyes...

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How Getting Hit With a Ton of Bricks Helped Me Find My Passion

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Funny thing about the mind is that thoughts are constantly and randomly generated. Dr. Bruce Davis says we have 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day which equates between 35-48 thoughts per minute per person. We are probably having thoughts now about how many thoughts we have a day which well,...

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8 Things to Know When You Want to Work for Yourself

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Being an entrepreneur is one of the greatest experiences we can have. It is also one of the hardest and most difficult to embrace. The absence of the once secure bi-weekly paycheck and the uncertainty of any decision in the name of the project constantly puts us on the edge.

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Why Failure Is Your New Best Friend

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:28 AM

We have all seen those inspiring quotes like "Failure is not an option" and "Winning is all that matters." We post them above our workspace or make it the desktop image on our computers in hopes seeing those everyday will make us winners in the end. Positive reinforcement does work...

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Service and Sacrifice: The Foundation of July 4th

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Fourth of July is the one holiday a year where as Americans, we celebrate our nation's birth through grilling and lighting fireworks. Of course, being American, I love a good cookout and awesome firework show to cap off the day but this year, Fourth of July will mean much more...

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How I Found Peace After War

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:59 PM

When I came home from the Marines in 2006, I knew I had changed. My reactions to the violence of Iraq coupled with multiple near death experiences caused an immense amount of pain in my life. I struggled with guilt and having relationships outside those who never experienced life in...

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7 Surefire Ways to Be Successful After the Military

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Don't you wish there was a guaranteed way to get the high paying job you dreamed of while cleaning the barracks as a private? Work at a company where table tennis, catered lunches and beer fridays are not perks, but part of the company culture?

Life after the military...

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Veterans Shouldn't Learn How to Be Civilians -- Veterans Should Learn How to Be Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 12:05 PM

As proud as I am of serving in the Iraq War, I am finding it increasingly difficult to tell civilians stories of war. America is illiterate when it comes to war. Stigmas are still placed on combat veterans and the overuse of the phrase "empowering veterans" has painted the veteran...

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The Secret to Making a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Before you move to the next paragraph, I want you to pause for a second and reflect on the times you have said that you want to help via monetary donation, hands on work or even offering your unique set of skills for pro bono work. Now think of why...

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Writing and Why the Military Community Needs It

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:53 AM

It started sophomore year in college during a Tuesday afternoon sitting in Marketing 100. I decided to journal my stories from 2 deployments in Iraq. I always wanted to write a book but this was different. I knew the last couple years being out of the service was a difficult...

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