November 30, 2017 / Ask Great Questions
November 30, 2017
Mark never likes to do things the same way twice. An explorer of ideas, people and experiences, he is happiest when he’s helping others see the world differently or checking out a new vantage point on his own. Purposeful wandering has led Mark to run up mountains, down random streets and on long car rides with just the right music. He’s always striving to make a meaningful impact on the world while not taking himself too seriously. After a first career in corporate finance, Mark has spent the last decade focused on guiding clients through experience design, brand activation and culture cultivation, as well as having a leadership position with Sharp HealthCare and growing the luxury retailer PIRCH.
Mark joined the Bulldog Drummond team as our Chief Experience Officer a few months ago and we found it proper to welcome him with the obligatory series of getting acquainted questions.
What gets you out of bed every day?
Philosophically: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” –E.B. White
Practically: The stillness before the rest of the family wakes up.
You inspire many people, who inspires you?
My wife: Dedication, perseverance, brilliant turtle research and PhD, patient mom and wife, best friend.
My mom: Perseverance and positive attitude – she’s had significant health issues for the last 20 years and keeps on moving forward.
Anyone creating something new or overcoming adversity. Just reminds me that we all have it within us.
Hard to pick any individuals outside friends and family. I’m look for variety - quotes, nature, music, TED talks, stories of adventure, etc.
Who is the most interesting person you have met?
Can’t pick one, but that speaks to one of my favorite quotes – “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” –Bill Nye
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Stop trying to be cool.
What are your hobbies/interests?
Trying new things. Trail-running. Surfing. Improv. Crossfit. Creating experiences and events. I’m a fan of crappy New York sports teams - Jets. Mets. Knicks.
Best quote ever:
How about the best quote right now… “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” –Audrey Hepburn
What are you currently reading:
I just finished a few: Homo Deus, The Book of Joy, Ready Player One, Reclaiming Conversation, Work Rules, and Meditations. I go on binges where I read a lot of books for about two months while others take about two months just to begin.
Blogs/Newsletters you read every day and turn to for inspiration:
Work: People Geekly
Best place in San Diego to eat?
Station Tavern in South Park. Wonderful memories, they have a great turkey burger and sweet potato fries, outdoor seating, kid and dog-friendly. Nice people and an ice cream shop a block away.
How do you define Uncommon Sense?
The things you know to be true, but lack the courage to say.
What are three Uncommon Sense principles you live by (personally and professionally)?