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Jul 15, 2019

Emily Harman, host of Onward Podcast, interviews Mr. Sarkis Tatigian, World War II Sailor and Department of the Navy civil servant. Mr, Tatigian has served the United States of America for nearly 77 years and is still working. Gain wisdom as Mr. Tatigian shares his experiences in the military and how he has managed to live a fulfilling life by incorporating healthy and productive habits into his daily routine. They also discuss Mr. Tatigian’s successful career and the many lives that have benefited from his service. 


Episode Highlights: 

  • Emily Harman introduces Mr. Sarkis Tatigian and reads a statement made in 2017 by Senator John McCain in the Congressional Record honoring Mr. Tatigian.
  • Mr. Tatigian shares a near-death experience that occurred when he was 9 years old.  
  • What does Sarkis Tatigian remember about why Congress passed the Small Business Act?
  • What is his secret for being so young in the mind and being in such good shape?  
  • How did Mr. Tatigian begin his Navy career? 
  • What is Mr. Tatigian’s’ daily commute to work like?  
  • How does Mr. Tatigian deal with stress?   
  • Mr. Tatiguan discusses his frequent check-ups at the Mayo Clinic.  
  • How does he describe his lifestyle routines? 
  • What happened after Mr. Tatigian left active duty in the Navy?  
  • How does Mr. Tatigian view graduation and retirement? 
  • Mr. Tatigian reminisces about his accomplishments. 
  • Mr. Tatigian shares a story about how, at age 12, he compared the number of Japanese and American weapons and came to a startling realization.
  • Where was Mr. Tatigian on 9-11?  
  • What advice would Mr. Tatigian give to youth entering the job market? 
  • Is Mr. Tatigian still learning new things every day? 
  • How many emails does Mr. Tatigian have in his inbox? 


3 Key Points:

  1. Mr. Tatigian has served over 75 years and is still working. He shares some secrets to his successful career and good health.
  2. Walking carrying weights and performing balancing exercises in your younger years will contribute to better balance and health as one ages. 
  3. Mr. Tatigian phased red meat out of his diet. He typically eats seafood or poultry with vegetables for dinner.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I think a regimented life is more appropriate than to sit around and wait for the day to pass and you haven’t accomplished anything.” – Mr. Sarkis Tatigian
  • “You have to maintain an attitude of self-worthiness. In other words, you have to do something to feel that you have accomplished something every day.” – Mr. Sarkis Tatigian
  • “I like the term graduation instead of retirement. Retirement kind of gives you the connotation that you are going to leave your job and then sit on your hands and wait for the grim reaper to knock on your door.” – Mr. Sarkis Tatigian


Resources Mentioned:

Mr. Tatigian is the Director of Small Business Advocacy, at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Mr. Tatigian previously held the title of Associate Director, NAVSEA Office of Small Business Programs. Below are links to some articles and a video highlighting Mr. Tatigian’s successful career and contributions to our Nation’s defense.