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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.

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.

JP Greenwood

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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