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Tips for Getting Ahead

Welcome. Here’s where you’ll find a bit of Mark’s thinking you can apply right away to your situation—whether you’re looking for a job, a promotion or a complete career change. These helpful tips from Mark, as well as from other trusted resources Mark has identified as tried and true methods, will help give a quick boost to your career. 

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Recommended Books

Everyone stands on someone else’s shoulders, borrows from what came before. Mark evolved his WIN AGAIN playbook after years of hard work, constant improvement, and yes, research among some other very smart folks seeking the same goal for their clients. There’s a lot of good to be realized from a few experts other than Mark, too, and below you’ll find various book Mark recommends to continue your education.  


Winning the Money Game: Lessons Learned from the Financial Fouls of Pro Athletes

As a career strategist who has worked with retired athletes, I can attest to the downward spiral that many face when they retire; financially, emotionally, and professionally. Adonal's easy-to-understand guide on how to manage your money properly, among many other elements that make up an athlete's career and personal life, make this an invaluable blueprint that will lead you down the path of financial independence for years to come. I make sure to mention to my clients, including amateur, professional and retired athletes along with executives in the business world to click the "Add to cart" button and make this the next book they read, and you should too, especially in combination with WIN AGAIN.

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

This has been out for nearly 20 years, but…” How can you join the ranks of America's wealthy (defined as people whose net worth is over $1 million)? It's easy, say doctors Stanley and Danko, who have spent the last 20 years interviewing members of this elite club: you just have to follow seven simple rules. The first rule is, always live well below your means. The last rule is, choose your occupation wisely. You'll have to buy the book to find out the other five.” I do recommend that you add this to your to-read list, not just to become a millionaire, but even better, to remain one!

Conversations with a Rattlesnake: Raw and honest reflections on healing and trauma

“Following the release of his mind-blowing first book, Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury joins forces with world-renowned therapist Kim Barthel in this book, a raw and honest conversation, loaded with personal insights and cutting-edge information about healing from trauma and abuse.”  A fascinating unpeeling of the layers that is Theo…hockey star, substance abuser, trauma survivor, and incredible rebound, able to share his experiences and insight to transform the lives of others. Thanks for being so candid, Theo.

80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More

“If you're a "numbers person" and you're just starting out in sales or marketing, this book will become the master framework for everything you do and everything you learn going forward. If you're an experienced sales or marketing pro, this book will redefine your very profession.” There is so much info, get rich quick, my way is better than yours books etc being pushed out there today. Ignore 96% of them, and focus your time on this book by Perry Marshall, a true mind de-clutterer and easy to follow technique to focus on what truly drives income into your business and career.

Success Beyond Sport: How to retire from sport and still keep winning

“2000 Olympian Annette Huygens-Tholen shares the story of her successful transition to the business world after representing Australia in Beach Volleyball for 15 years. Huygens-Tholen shares her 8 Winning Steps that will help professional athletes move into a new life after retirement, whether that retirement was due to injury, declining performance, or by choice. The book offers a fascinating look at the life of a high-level professional athlete as well as life lessons that apply to anyone interested in personal and professional development.” In my opinion, a very solid book to complement WIN AGAIN, examining the mindset of he retired athlete heading into the job search phase.

You've Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World

Every day at work, people do three things: talk, listen, and pretend to listen. That’s not surprising—the average attention span has dropped to 8 seconds. To get heard, says high-stakes communications expert Paul Hellman, you need to focus your message, be slightly different, and deliver with finesse.”  Just my type of book!  Funny, and filled with actionable tips and strategies to get your point across to someone who will now be engaged!

Lessons from the Game – Malcolm Lemmons

I’ve gotten to know Malcolm, and his first book “sheds light on his unlikely journey, from making it out of the streets of Washington, DC to accomplishing his lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete. Through the eyes of an underdog, we experience the heart of determination, sacrifice, and passion. From losing friends to violence to experiencing a life-altering car accident, Malcolm's journey is one of incredible strength and belief. Not only does this story show athletes of all sports how to succeed, but it also demonstrates how to use the lessons taught through sports to succeed in life as well.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, a great read for all athletes looking to enjoy the benefits of their sport long after they leave the game.

Recommended articles

Life after sport: Depression in the retired athlete, by Emma Vickers


Life after the Olympics: How athletes make the tough transition, by Natalia Autenrieth


Game over: how professional athletes can have a career after sport