Discover how the lessons Mario learned from 3 years in the German foster care system, prepared him for the challenge of coming to the United States with $500 and a suitcase. Today, Mario is a MISSIONpreneur. Find out how you can use your purpose an mission to kick but in life and in business.
Mario Brown is a best selling author, and serial entrepreneur in multiple fields, including software, coaching and mentoring. He’s the host of the MissionPreneur Show podcast. This lifestyle entrepreneur has gone from Germany to Ecuador, Florida and now Las Vegas.
Mario is committed to changing lives and businesses wherever he goes.
He and his wife Maria are proud parents to their 1-year old son.
Mario was born in the United States, but grew up in Germany. His mother struggled with drugs, and he spent 3.5 years in foster care.
“Back then, I thought that was the worst day of my life. I blamed her and I blamed myself”
Looking back now, he realizes the discipline in the foster home was the best thing for him, and he credits it for making him a stronger person.
Later, Mario made the decision to travel from Germany to Ecuador, then on to Miami, arriving there with a backpack and $500. He had no friends of family there, and got a job in South Beach the night shift at a hotel. After three months, he had enough money to buy a computer. He searched for how to make money online, which is how he got started with online marketing and entrepreneurship.
A sense of adventure, a change of scenery and the desire to learn a new language drove him to leave his comfort zone. He still has fears and self doubts, which he says is normal.
“Being an entrepreneur, putting your name out there is scary stuff. You can be criticized.”
On his transition to fatherhood, Mario says before his son his focus was all one business and generating revenue. Once he was born, everything changed, including his priorities.
He says it’s easy to take things and people for granted. Mario counts his blessing in the morning, smiles and spends time with his family. To stay grounded, he meditates in the morning, as well as going to the gym with his wife.
Although they don’t fight often, Mario and his wife have a rule whereby the never go to bed angry at each other.
“You have to talk about it, figure it out so you can wake up positive and loving each other”.
He also recommends remembering what you love about your partner.
If you fail in one area, he advises listeners to not take it personal. If it’s in a business situation, that doesn’t mean you’re not a good father, person, son, etc.
“That really helped me back then because business wasn’t going so well and it made me understand and detach”
If you’re struggling in business, take massive, imperfect action.
“Don’t try to be perfect; if you don’t take action, you regret it”
Mario too has down days, but he doesn’t quit.
“I’m in this for life, I want to inspire people and impact people; there’s no secret weapon, it’s all mental”
A “MissionPreneur” is all about creating a lifestyle business that’s location independent, fun, highly lucrative but also truly make a difference”
Having a mentor is critical. He didn’t have one for the first few years of his entrepreneurial journey.
“If there’s a shortcut, the only one I can think of is to find someone who has walked the walk. They can help you avoid the pitfalls.”
If you can’t afford an official mentor, you can read books, watch YouTube, listen to audible, etc.
Cartoon: Inspector Gadget
Video Game: Mental Kombat and Super Mario
First Job: selling carpet in a store for $6/hour
Time Capsule: “I want to inspire him. I believe your actions speak louder than words and I want my life to be my message. You have to lead by example; by doing the things I do, then there’s a very high chance that he’s going to do the same for his family.”
Mario is raising $25,000 to build a school in Ghana.