The Top 2 Myths About Being An Entrepreneur

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Myth #1 If you love the work you do, you’ll never have to work another day of your life: Ahahahahahhaha!!! What a bunch of BS!!! Let’s sit down for a few, and have some real talk. Over the past 10 years I’ve built my company, Dreamshine, from the ground up, starting with my office in a barn-literally! Throughout the past 10 years I’ve had times where I’ve crawled through hell, teary eyed, dirt in my finger nails, and was wondering if I could even go on. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for the … Continued

WHY A Victim Mindset Will Make You Broke

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YOU are 100% accountable for how you CHOOSE to react to EVERYTHING. Yes. EVERYTHING!!!! YOU may choose to blame the government, your environment, your Spouse, the banks, the police, the person who screwed you over, and ALLOW yourself to get all worked up (after all, it’s not technically Your Fault.) YOU can get everyone to agree with you, feel sorry for you, and explain how you would be doing [insert anything awesome] if it wasn’t for all this stuff that happened to you. YOU can CHOOSE to have a VICTIM MINDSET. After all, it’s easier to blame the fact you … Continued

Persevering The Wide Open Seas of Doubt

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Imagine it’s 1778… Your great Uncle Salvador, on his deathbed, gives You his sacred treasure map. “Promise me you will seek out the treasure,” he whispers into your ear, with his last gasp of breath. No one but you knows about the treasure map. You think about all the stories Uncle Salvador used to tell you of his adventures at sea. How he was the only one who made it back alive after his last voyage. The storm that fiercely swallowed his ship. His crew. How he was the only one that made it out alive, floating to shore of … Continued

You Don’t Get To Give Up!

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I felt defeated. Tired. Weary. Which is when our feelings go haywire. This is when most of us make permanent decisions based on a temporary storm, because our feelings are screaming at us to get away from this pain! You must never make a permanent decision based amidst a temporary storm you are facing. Recently, as I was amongst a major storm, my feelings began whispering to me: “Mark, give up on your podcast, Elevating Beyond.” And then I remembered what I had told someone recently, in a similar situation: You Don’t Get To Give Up! Your dreams are bigger … Continued

Why Mediocrity Is a Sin!

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It takes courage to be…YOU! Here’s the deal folks, God is awesome (you can google it if you want, it’s written a bunch of times in the Bible.) Since we are “created in His image”, guess what this means!? We are created to be awesome! YOU are created to be AWESOME! NOT mediocre. Dare I say, to be mediocre is a sin!? This means you are actually responsible for being awesome! No wonder why settling to be average and mediocre leaves us feeling unfulfilled and miserable. This is not how God designed us to be. God is not mediocre, so … Continued

Conquering Hell

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Twas the midnight hour before the manifestation of your dream… I’ve learned as you grow closer to the manifestation of your dream, whether it be you company you are creating, the book you’re writing, the breakthrough in your marriage, reconciling the relationship with your child, starting your church-whatever you dream may be-right around the time it’s about to come true, all hell breaks loose. “When God gets ready to use you in a mighty way, your circumstances generally are the opposite of your destiny.” -T.D. Jakes- I’ve witnessed this time and time again in my own life, as well as, … Continued

Choosing Faith Over Fear

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Palms deep in my own tears, I continued crawling onward… Prepare all you want, but here’s the raw truth: sooner or later, life is going to hit you square in the face. Last week I shared, in confidentiality, with our Elevating Beyond Mastermind Family, about how life punched me square in the jaw recently. I was making some incredible momentum and all of a sudden… BAM! Lights out dude. I honestly was down on my knees, quietly crying, “feeling” like a failure. “Feeling” like I could not get up from this blow. “Feeling” like throwing in the towel. Palms deep … Continued

Jesus, The Goonies, and Indiana Jones

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“For the spirit God gave does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” -2 Timothy 1:7- God created us to be fearless. This I know. He wants us to stand up, and fight for the strengths he has given each one of us. He wants us to control our thoughts, and stand strong against the enemy. I recite 2 Timothy 1:7 when I need to fight my fears and anxieties. Sometimes I’ll think it. Sometimes I’ll whisper it out loud. Sometimes, I’ll pound my fist on my desk, shouting it out loud! Sure, this may make … Continued

Saying Yes To Scary!

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This video of my adventure led to me writing my first published book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph0HAXaoU1g I found this clip a made a few years back of my journey through Sierra Leone, West Africa (did it myself with iPhone, and had no idea how to edit.) Sierra Leone is a sacred place which is both hypnotic, and adventurous, with some of the most beautiful, undiscovered beaches I’ve ever seen in my life. So, how did this journey lead to my book, The Story of You!? Well, I’ve built my company, Dreamshine, over the past 10 years from the ground up, and never even … Continued

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