Do you find yourself wanting to do work that is meaningful and makes an impact beyond today? Maybe you want to create something that your customers treasure for decades, give back to your local community, or build a business that you can pass along to your family.
If this resonates with you, you’ll definitely want to listen to my conversation with my friend and woodworker, Robby Lewis.
Robby Lewis was born and raised in Milton, FL and joined the Air Force in 2003 as a weapons loader. Some of his tours included stays at Kunsan AB, ROK and Shaw AFB, SC B-52s, and F-16s). He cross-trained as an MQ-1 (predator) Sensor Operator and stood up the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron in Whiteman AFB, MO. He has nearly 3,000 combat support hours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. He left active duty service and joined the Reserves in 2016 as a First Sergeant at Duke Field. Now he serves on active duty as the Superintendent for SOCOM’s small UAV schoolhouse. He started Rustic American Trading Co in 2017, based on his lifelong love of woodworking. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for 18 years and has three children.
During our conversation, Robby shares his story of leaving active duty service in the Air Force to begin a new season for his family, the most meaningful woodworking projects he’s completed, and his desire to leave a legacy for his children and give back to the community through his business.
Some other highlights from our conversation include:
- How a sense of security can keep us from looking for new opportunities
- The lessons he learned from growing up without many monetary resources
- How woodworking is not just his business, but also his self-care
Please join me for this conversation and let’s consider together the significance of doing work that leaves an impact in the lives of others.