Mark has founded several companies in multiple industries, and became a millionaire in 5 different business sectors.
He has served as a mentor, board member, and partner in numerous businesses and foundations.
Mark has been involved in the creation of multiple entrepreneurial initiatives and venture-capitalized startups located on every continent. (He has ridden motorcycles, surfed or played rock and roll on nearly every continent, as well).
Mark, what’s an Interestingly weird fact about yourself?
Music has been a passion of mine since I was a little boy, also into motorcycles since a little kid so took my business and brought those together.
I do a lot of work in Asia and play rock and roll concerts raising money for my foundation I have working in those cities.
How did your journey as an entrepreneur all begin?
Since a little kid nothing I did was typical.
My father is an engineering professor.
I was very energetic, had a tough time sitting still in classes.
Left school as a sophomore in college and just started working and looking for opportunities.
Big Reason Why?
I grew up in a big family, my dad was a hard worker and we didn’t have a ton of extra income.
I wanted to be able to have fun and do things that I wanted, then as i got older and more experienced it really changed a lot.
I wanted to be able to do something to impact a lot of people and provide for my family.
The Real Estate Investing / Consulting Industry was my first million dollar venture.
Grew it into a big company, helping people buy real estate.
It was a great learning experience and money maker.
Then transitioned my own company and did the same things. (I was 26 at the time)
In 1994 got into the internet industry and started a mall that became the largest mall online.
The .com world was awesome because new things happened everyday.
Sold it in 1998 to another publicly traded company for 560 million dollars.
Biggest Temporary Defeat?
I had a lot of minor defeats or failures and used it as my experience.
Last 5 years working in network marketing industry.
My Book “Discoveries of an Accidental Guru” talks about the challenges and defeats I had.
It’s about the failures and pitfalls I didn’t avoid because I didn’t have a lot of entrepreneurial experience and in the book it talks about basic principles that been around for thousands of years that a lot of us forget about.
Weirdest Breakthrough Experience?
From being a kid in a middle class family with no college education but with a desire to be successful.
My Mental breakthrough experience was knowing I can do this.
You don’t just believe it you know you can do it.
I know I can go out and have success.
What’s the Vision of Mark Comer look like for the future?
Taking my music background to use it to raise more money for our foundation and as I do leadership trainings around the world to support the foundation too.
Having something I’m passionate about and making an impact in other peoples lives.
Best Entrepreneurial Advice?
Do what you love to do.
Find something that you’re passionate about and love doing but make sure it can help give you the lifestyle you really want to have.
Favorite Success Quote?
From my book…
“Overnight success takes many years of hard work”.
Top Recommended Book?
Good to Great – by Jim Collins
If all you had to your name was $1k and a laptop computer how would you jumpstart your business?
I would go identify a product or service that impacts the way people feel.
When you do that the world is your market.
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