Charles Lynn Lowder

Charles Lynn Lowder

Chief Operating Officer


2TOOTS Train Whistle Grill

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
As a kid, I was a runaway who was always at the bottom of his class.
The only thing that saved me from falling into a bad situation was my athletic ability.
I played football at Northern Illinois University until I decided that I wanted to fight in Vietnam.
I joined the Marine Corps, where I would serve for sixteen years in total.
My first drill instructor became the role model I'd desperately needed as a child.
My time as a Marine gave my life direction; I came home, completed my J.D., began practicing law.
I've since pivoted into management and consulting, and am currently growing a restaurant franchise.
Through all of it, my proudest accomplishment by far has been raising my three beautiful children.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
General Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
graduate
Graduate
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
DePaul University
Career

Career

Chief Operating Officer

I run a family-friendly restaurant franchise that's currently on the grow.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Armed Services
Armed Services
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

On any given day, my main task is to meet the business goals that I've set for myself and for my restaurants for that day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need life experiences. Recognize that the most painful life lessons are often the best, and try to analyze the hard times to see what you can learn from them. We don't learn when the sun's on our face and the wind's at our back; we learn when we're down in the trenches, struggling to get out. When you're going through those hard times, listen to the people that you love, listen to your service buddies, see what kind of wisdom you can glean from them, and apply that to your own life.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The first thing you need to do is learn self-discipline and self-control. If you haven't had that drilled into you at home, you need to learn it somewhere, whether that be in school, in sports, or in the military. The sooner you start building your character, the better your decisions are going to be. Without self-discipline, you become rudderless; you're just floating around aimlessly.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
General Studies
graduate
Graduate
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm not good enough. I don't know if I can do this."

We always save the most cruel, most unforgiving criticisms for ourselves—the things we say to ourselves, we would never, ever say to one of our friends. Instead, we have to practice positive self-talk. Tell yourself you're good enough and you're strong enough. Something else I've learned from working with youths and inner-city football teams is that it's incredibly important to have a role model, someone who can encourage you and balance out any of the doubts and fears you impose upon yourself.