Marcus Whitney: From Paycheck to Major League Success
How does one man go from living in a week-to-week efficiency hotel to co-owning a Major League Soccer team, and how do you find the inner entrepreneur who asks ‘Why Not Me’? Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Marcus Whitney – Survivor, Adapter, Creator.
2:25 – Waiting tables, living in a week-to-week hotel, drinking too much. And then everything changed.
6:12 – “Some people just make the mental call that failure is not an option.”
9:30 – “Sometimes just working, staying busy, staying productive, and staying creative is a great hack to stay positive.”
12:05 – Big life events that changed Marcus.
19:04 – “I was so focused on making money, but I had no idea how to manage my own finances.”
22:00 – “It was this moment that I realized I had used alcohol as a tool to deal with a very very difficult time.”
31:13 – “I did the best I could. It doesn’t mean I was successful. I fell short, but I learned. I am who I am today because I fell short.”
42:34 – The elements of orchestrate and create starts from leadership. “Leadership is the most essential, but marketing is the most comprehensive.”
43:40 – Learning how to pay myself.
46:40 – This is the, “Don’t fuck it up”chapter.
50:45 – “The pendulum swung big time into the ‘servant leadership.’ I actually think it robs people who are not in the executive level of leadership of being leaders.”
54:28 – “If you can understand that it’s not a perfect system, then you can understand that it’s pretty difficult to be perfect in an imperfect system.”
Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.
She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.