Goat Wrestling Perseverance

Episode 44 - CEO, Survivor & Co-Founder at Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) Tony Teravainen with host Dave Swanson

August 09, 2019 Season 3 Episode 45
Goat Wrestling Perseverance
Episode 44 - CEO, Survivor & Co-Founder at Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) Tony Teravainen with host Dave Swanson
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Goat Wrestling Perseverance
Episode 44 - CEO, Survivor & Co-Founder at Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) Tony Teravainen with host Dave Swanson
Aug 09, 2019 Season 3 Episode 45
Dave Swanson / Tony Teravainen

Tony Teravainen

STEP is a San Diego based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing southern California junior military and recent veteran families financial grants in times of crisis AND working with them to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Southern California has a cost of living 30% higher and housing rates double the national averages. These families have some of the lowest income imaginable, in fact, most are Low Income per HUD standards. They are put through enough hardship where they should not have to deal with evictions, car repossession, utility termination, lack of food and the like.

STEP provides immediate and permanent relief for these types of emergency needs and we continue to provide one-on-one case management for each family to help to build a path to financial self-sustainability.

Visit our website at www.Stepsocal.org to see how you can help STEP fulfill this noble mission.

TedX

STEP

Dave Swanson

Website

Book 

Free Chapter of my Bestselling Book? 



Tony Teravainen.mp3

[00:00:03] Welcome to Goat Wrestling Perseverance podcast with your host, Dave Swanson. He's wrestled with goats, climbed mountains and bicycled across America. He wants to help you with your dreams and goals with one perseverance story at a time.

 

Dave Swanson: [00:00:26] Welcome to Goat Wrestling Perseverance podcast today I have a guest. That is the CEO of Support, the enlisted project, also known as Step, is not only that he's been an inventor that has patents, but also he is a commissioner in the city and not to mention that he was in the military and also served on a nuclear submarine. Today's guest is Tony Trevino. Tony, thank you for being on the show.

 

Tony Teravainen: [00:00:53] Thanks, Dave. Glad to be here.

 

Dave Swanson: [00:00:55] All right. As we know in the audience, we jump right into the story. And so, Tony, I think you're thinking about writing a book. And so I'm sure this story is going to be part of it. So please go ahead.

 

Tony Teravainen: [00:01:06] Yeah, well, it's it's been a crazy ride. And the book is definitely not my idea. It's people that I talked to that did just their eyes kind of start rolling around their head when they've asked my story. And they're like, I just can't wait to see how this all plays out. And I think it comes from the craziness, comes from the different episodes and just how they're tied together through your theme of perseverance. And it started as a military kid. My dad is also a career air force. So I think we moved eight or nine times. I went to eight different schools. And you always show up, you know, a week into school. And with my last name, I'm always in the back of the room and nobody can say it. And they they always wanted to call me Anthony, and I hated it. And I'm super shy. And I just wanted. Did such shrink and disappear back there?

 

[00:02:02] And a military being a military kid teaches you a lot of stuff. But how to plan your future is definitely not one of them. So I had an opportunity. My second high school, I went to my my football team members helped me. They said, where are you going to school? And I said, I am in school. No, you idiot. Where are you going to go after this? And they helped me get into college. But I got into college and it was just. Y

Show Notes

Tony Teravainen

STEP is a San Diego based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to providing southern California junior military and recent veteran families financial grants in times of crisis AND working with them to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Southern California has a cost of living 30% higher and housing rates double the national averages. These families have some of the lowest income imaginable, in fact, most are Low Income per HUD standards. They are put through enough hardship where they should not have to deal with evictions, car repossession, utility termination, lack of food and the like.

STEP provides immediate and permanent relief for these types of emergency needs and we continue to provide one-on-one case management for each family to help to build a path to financial self-sustainability.

Visit our website at www.Stepsocal.org to see how you can help STEP fulfill this noble mission.

TedX

STEP

Dave Swanson

Website

Book 

Free Chapter of my Bestselling Book? 



Tony Teravainen.mp3

[00:00:03] Welcome to Goat Wrestling Perseverance podcast with your host, Dave Swanson. He's wrestled with goats, climbed mountains and bicycled across America. He wants to help you with your dreams and goals with one perseverance story at a time.

 

Dave Swanson: [00:00:26] Welcome to Goat Wrestling Perseverance podcast today I have a guest. That is the CEO of Support, the enlisted project, also known as Step, is not only that he's been an inventor that has patents, but also he is a commissioner in the city and not to mention that he was in the military and also served on a nuclear submarine. Today's guest is Tony Trevino. Tony, thank you for being on the show.

 

Tony Teravainen: [00:00:53] Thanks, Dave. Glad to be here.

 

Dave Swanson: [00:00:55] All right. As we know in the audience, we jump right into the story. And so, Tony, I think you're thinking about writing a book. And so I'm sure this story is going to be part of it. So please go ahead.

 

Tony Teravainen: [00:01:06] Yeah, well, it's it's been a crazy ride. And the book is definitely not my idea. It's people that I talked to that did just their eyes kind of start rolling around their head when they've asked my story. And they're like, I just can't wait to see how this all plays out. And I think it comes from the craziness, comes from the different episodes and just how they're tied together through your theme of perseverance. And it started as a military kid. My dad is also a career air force. So I think we moved eight or nine times. I went to eight different schools. And you always show up, you know, a week into school. And with my last name, I'm always in the back of the room and nobody can say it. And they they always wanted to call me Anthony, and I hated it. And I'm super shy. And I just wanted. Did such shrink and disappear back there?

 

[00:02:02] And a military being a military kid teaches you a lot of stuff. But how to plan your future is definitely not one of them. So I had an opportunity. My second high school, I went to my my football team members helped me. They said, where are you going to school? And I said, I am in school. No, you

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