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Marcus’s first book shares his story, philosophy, and wisdom on claiming your creative power through entrepreneurship. Once a college dropout who waited tables to take care of his family of four, Marcus taught himself how to code, then start businesses, then create things no one thought possible: from becoming an owner in a professional soccer team to being a founding venture capitalist of the most active healthcare venture fund in the United States. Read this book and learn the key principles that enabled Marcus to become a successful entrepreneur against the odds.


  • Moving from side hustle to full hustle
  • The Eight Core Concepts of business
  • How venture capital works
  • Secrets to being insanely productive

Two Worlds 12 – Yes, And

Hello hero, Yes, this is a tough time. Whether you are worried about COVID-19 or the economy or both, there are severe difficulties in front of us. And, there is incredible beauty that we are paying attention to for the first time in a long time. The beauty of our shared vulnerability, the sky without…

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Two Worlds 11: Allowing Purpose To Win

Hello hero, You’re here again, for another day in the world-altering shift, that is the arrival of COVID-19. Like you, I am processing a spectrum of feelings. I am working through debates in my head. I am bracing myself. Here’s where I’ve landed. I intend to support people wherever possible. I know that given the…

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Two Worlds 10: Holding Space

My friend, The rapid changes we are experiencing can only be understood if we have a sober view of the crisis we are facing. If we work together, we can minimize the damage to our world. If we do what we want as individuals, we will suffer unnecessarily. I asked my father of 83 years…

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Two Worlds 9: The Collective Hero

Hello hero, 2020 huh. I’d be surprised if you don’t know I live in Nashville, TN. Many of the readers of Two Worlds do as well.

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Two Worlds 8: Rebound

Greetings, One of the inescapable aspects of our journey is the testing of our limits. You can be sure that on your path, circumstances will arise that will ask more of you, take more from you and usually give more to you in unique ways.

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Two Worlds 7: Stay Ready, Step Up

Greetings, Last Thursday night, I was the kickoff presenter for Nashville PechaKucha Night, presented by the Nashville Civic Design Center. It was a fantastic event, there were nine presenters, and they all did a great job.

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Two Worlds 6 – The Value of Dispassion

if you engage it consistently, it will move you towards your goal Greetings, Last week I went to a meditation retreat in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina. It was a birthday gift from my wife Rachel that she thoughtfully chose after a few conversations we had about my resistance to take restorative time for…

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Two Worlds 5 – Preparation for Trial

Hello Hero, I have a guarantee for you. You will encounter trials in your life. I have another guarantee for you. The ease with which you handle the trials you encounter will largely depend on how mentally prepared you are to handle challenging situations. As children, whether in the classroom, on the stage, or the…

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Two Worlds 4 – Up To The Task

If You Want To Feel Alive Hello Hero, How do you know you’re “up to the task?” This question is at the heart of your journey, and how we address it matters deeply. If it’s a task you’ve got a lot of experience with, you’ll probably say, “I know I’m up to the task because…

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Two Worlds 3 – Why Me?

Before we begin, I know that yesterday was a hard day for many. It was hard for me. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. Yesterday touched so many of us because Kobe Bryant dared to live the most magnificent life he possibly could have. That effort, that commitment, made his life a legendary one. Yet…

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The Grind 91 Fin

Fin. Today is my birthday. I’m 44 now. A year ago today, I had no idea how much The Grind would change my life, or help others navigate theirs. There is something about The Grind that resonated with people. Of course, there’s the title. Many people believe that life is nothing more than a grind.…

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The Grind 90 Mind, Body and Soul

Decide to transform I figured something out this year. I don’t know that anyone was lying to me. Still, somewhere along the line, I got the idea that money was the answer to most problems, and that making money always needed to be the priority. That was the mindset I had, and it seemed to…

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The Grind 89 The Resistance

The first action the hero makes is the refusal of the call. The refusal is the signal of the significant fear one must overcome to start the process of transformation. The first and most important thing we do on the way to greatness is change our minds. No one constantly hurdles through life making brave…

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The Grind 88 Let It Go

I can’t play small anymore It’s time to admit that I don’t want to let go. I found a groove, and it’s comfortable. I found it here, in this newsletter to you every week. This was the place that I put down the burden of my shadows and allowed them to find sunlight. This is…

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The Grind 87 Nap Time

The realm of diminishing returns I took the first week of November off from work at Jumpstart / Health:Further to focus on one last editing pass on my book before I submitted it to my publisher for their edit. That went really well, and the book is off with the editors now getting a thorough…

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The Grind 86 Renewal

what it feels like to be naturally happy Today marks one year and one day since the last time I drank alcohol. I’ve talked about quitting alcohol quite a bit. As this date drew closer, I’ve been feeling like it’s something I want to stop talking about so much. But with this milestone, it’s worth…

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The Grind 85 White Belt Wonderland

The disorientation of being initiated Two weeks ago, I decided to start a new journey. Something I had been mulling over for a while. I started practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Four years ago, I began practicing Hapkido and a year ago earned my first degree Black Belt. I love Hapkido and intend to continue…

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The Grind 84 Jedi Training

The arbitrage of not giving a damn Last week I took some time away from my standard work schedule to work on some creative projects and reflect. While doing so, I couldn’t help but see things in the context of next year. 2020 is looking like a great year for me. I spent a ton…

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The Grind 83 – Imaginary Lines

The engine of happiness My father recently turned 82 years old. He has lived an incredible life. Quite frankly, I marvel at any African American who was born in the 30s or before who is still alive and well. The shifts in society they lived through are hard for me to imagine. The progress they…

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The Grind 82 What Did You Expect?

Emotions don’t care about what’s fair It’s Fall. It’s getting darker, earlier. The temperature is dropping, and the holiday season is upon us. In conversations these days, we ask questions of ourselves and others that are both reflective and forecasting. “How has the year gone?” “What are we doing for the holidays?” “Any big plans…

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