Long before she became a partner and managing principal at Commonwealth Financial Network, Joni Youngwirth - winner of this year's Financial Planning Influencer Award for Practice Management - was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Her three years of military service as a registered dietitian brought her to medical centers in Washington, D.C., and Dayton, Ohio. "I proudly served on active duty," she says.

I like to reflect on my own experiences outside of my main career and what I learned working with an entirely different set of colleagues and "customers." While the jobs were almost comically different, the objectives were often the same. I learned about the importance of sympathy and accuracy when I had a job in the office of a cemetery, about quality and multitasking when I worked for my dad's catering company, and about numeric scrutiny and hypothesizing when I spent time as an equities analyst following health care stocks for a big brokerage firm. Disparate experiences, but many skills that translate well to the work I do now.

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