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How This Former Submarine Officer Learned to Lead Under Pressure

As a young Navy officer, Rick Stollmeyer made some mistakes. Now, as CEO of Mindbody, he's learned to make more considered decisions.

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This story appears in the March 2020 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

I spent a big portion of my 20s underwater — but not in the emotional sense. Back in the early '90s, I was a officer, serving at the end of the Cold War.

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I was 24 when I reported for duty on the USS Chicago, a fast-attack nuclear submarine. I was put in charge of 13 men, and despite my extensive training, nothing could have fully prepared me for the intensity of my role.

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