Help Us Help Our Lone Soldiers Make It In Israel!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 |  Ariel Rudolph

"My name is JB, 27 years old, originally from Perth, Western Australia. At the age of 21, I completed a degree in Sports Science from the University of Western Australia and decided that this was the right time to make some significant changes in my life.

With this in mind, I made Aliyah in 2010 and left all my home comforts, family and friends and everything that was familiar to me, behind to embark on this journey of realizing my full potential. This has proven to be the single best decision of my life. At the end of 2010 after having attended Ulpan, I left with a very basic level of Hebrew. However, along with a lot of hard-work and dedication, it was enough to get me into a Special Forces - Airborne Search and Rescue unit!

Once I was released from the IDF, I had envisioned that life in Israel was going to be a much smoother than it really was. All my life I had been in some sort of “closed organization”. From school I went to University, from University I attended Ulpan and then finally I enlisted into the army. When I finished my army service it was the first time I really had to fend for myself in the “real world”, and to be perfectly honest, it was really challenging for me.

I received guidance I so badly needed as well as someone I could go to for advice, help and understanding of what challenges awaited me outside of the army environment.

Since my release from the IDF, I began a path of self-development and self-discovery so as to greater increase my abilities and potential to make a large-scale positive change in society. I began to learn Neuro-linguistic Programming which helped me better understand the mental side of physical performance, which is the career path I have chosen.

When I commenced plans to start my own business here in Israel, I received help in terms of the economic challenges that I could possibly face as well as receiving practical tools necessary to overcome these challenges which led to me opening my own company here in Israel at the beginning of 2015.

My business' main focus is to optimize performance of elite athletes, corporations and the general population by using specialized training models which are based on a combination between the science of the body and the power of the mind.

I feel that it is important for me to say that many of my closest friends who also came to Israel to join the army, have since returned to their original home country to either work or finish their studies because it is just not easy living in Israel. Israel is by no means an easy country to be able to start your life from the beginning and many times without the backup, support or financial means. But I do believe that there are so many great people, opportunities and organizations here and people like myself just need the right people to guide and believe in us. Without the help and support I received, I am not sure that I would have ended up staying in Israel, and becoming a contributing member of the Israeli society as I feel I am now."

You too could help us help some of our "Lone Soldiers" make it in Israel!

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