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Tuesday, November 03, 2009 10:47 | Daniel Suklja

Hi everyone, my name is Dan Suklja. I was born in Queens, New York on March 24, 1984. My family and I moved to Middleburg Hts, Ohio when I was 4. I have a younger brother and sister named Brian and Isabella. I graduated high school in 2002. After high school I went to college for two years. I got my associates degree in Computer programming. Once I graduated, I got a job doing website quality assurance for Charles Schwab. I worked there for about a year, and found it extremely dull working in a cubicle. I decided I needed a change in pace, so I considered the military. I'll be honest, I didn't know anything about the military. The only person in my family that had served in the military was my grandfather, but he served in the Romanian Army during WWII. So I talked to a friend who was a former Marine. He shared all his stories with me and I found them to be quite interesting. About two weeks later I made my way to the recruiting station and signed up. Being in the Marine Corps taught me a lot about myself. I got a lot of discipline and good values out of the Corps. Also, I got a taste of what it takes to be a leader, which I really enjoyed. It made me realize that one day I want to start my own business, and build it into something great. I recently got out of the Marine Corps for that purpose. My biggest problem was deciding what business I would be happy doing for the rest of my life. I realized, the only way I can solve that problem is by trying out any business that seems interesting. If it's not the right business for me I'll take what I learned and move on. It will be a stepping stone to my final destination.


  • Wednesday, November 04, 2009 04:04 | Carol Grice
    Dear Daniel. A great big congratulation to you for posting your first blog so quickly following your signing the learning agreements. You are to be commended for your action in getting started quickly. Considering your positive attitude towards getting a job done, I predict a life of success coming your way. Keep up the good work and your positive attitude.
    Semper Fi! Carol
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    • Friday, November 06, 2009 16:19 | Daniel Suklja
      Thanks Carol. I look forward to reading your blogs. I see you have quite a few.
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  • Thursday, November 05, 2009 03:02 | Laurel Ho
    Hi Daniel,
    Congratulations on signing the agreement and posting your your first blog so quickly. This tells allot about who you are and where you are headed. It was a great experience for me to witness your signing. Living so far from the center it makes it tough to get down there to Falbrook. Stick with this and I am sure you will find what you are looking for. Maybe you could start a business involving your knowledge of computers and the Medical field which is certainly growing. Whatever you decide I can tell you will be successful. You have already started to build quite a resume for a young man. Also Dan, call on your other Learners for advise, and I am sure you can motivate and help them as well. In addition, Carol will let you know if your slacking! :) Look forward to your next blog.
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    • Friday, November 06, 2009 16:21 | Daniel Suklja

      Thanks for making the trip to witness the signing. It was great to have that many people there to witness the signing. LOL, Carol already let me know. Thanks for the heads up.
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  • Thursday, November 05, 2009 18:42 | Terri Newhouse
    Dear Daniel,
    First, congratulations on becoming a learner and blogging. It was wonderful reading about how you came to enlist in the Marine Corp. I look forward to reading more. Keep up the good work, and thanks for inspiring us other learners to get our butts in gear and "write". :)
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    • Friday, November 06, 2009 16:22 | Daniel Suklja
      Thanks for the congrats Terri. It's definitly not easy to write, so thanks for the comments / motivation to keep writting.
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  • Monday, November 16, 2009 06:24 | Frances Lowe
    Congratulations on taking this step in your future. I am excited to hear all about the years that built the you, you are today. I was very glad to be a part of your signing and look forward to hearing more about all you have to share.
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    • Monday, November 23, 2009 13:11 | Daniel Suklja
      Hi Frances. Thanks for commenting and being a part of the signing.
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  • Monday, November 23, 2009 04:54 | Chip Dykes

    Welcome to the family! I know from our time in our planning conference last week that the leadership team is ready to help in any way it can. Semper Fidelis!
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    • Monday, November 23, 2009 13:16 | Daniel Suklja

      The meeting with the planning conference team was very motivational for me. It was inspiring to see how everyone there was so dedicated to the cause. Semper Fi!
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  • Monday, December 07, 2009 07:30 | Chip Dykes

    Been one month since your last blog. I hope that is because getting ready to run your own business has kept you busy!!

    Semper Fi
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    • Tuesday, December 15, 2009 14:03 | Daniel Suklja
      Hi Chip,

      Yes, I've been very busy trying to purchase an existing business. I'm actually going to blog about my findings and see what the community thinks.
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  • Tuesday, December 22, 2009 16:20 | Jeffrey Backus
    Daniel, Thank you for your service and welcome aboard.
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  • Friday, January 08, 2010 20:30 | Anthony Swetala
    Hi Daniel, my name is Anthony and I relate with you BIG time bro. I have not been able to pin down my niche.
    I find myself on a new stepping stone quite often, and would not have skipped any of them if I had to do it over again.
    I am anxious to read more of your blogs, since you and I seem to be soul searching for that perfect fit.
    The answer is out there, and maybe as a team...we can reach our goals. So, what do you think?
    Semper Fi Marine.
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    • Saturday, January 09, 2010 06:38 | Daniel Suklja
      Anthony, it's nice to meet you. I think teaming up would be a great idea. I didn't find your blog under Cali learners. Are you in a different state? My email is
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      • Sunday, March 07, 2010 23:00 | Anthony Swetala
        Sorry for the delay Daniel, I am not a learner yet. I plan to be soon.
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