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Mark Burnett Quotes

Mark Burnett

Mark Burnett quotes: the TV titan’s most illuminating advice.

“I will guarantee you that the day you step outside your comfort zone by making success your goal is the day you discover that adversity, risk, and daring will make life sweeter than you ever imagined.”

“Attitude produces character, and character produces hope.”

“The best person to get something done is a busy person.”

“If you think too much and don’t jump in, you lose the opportunity.”

“‘Jump in’ means that even if you’re not sure you can swim, swim anyway.”

“The word ‘no,’ is just another new opportunity.”

“Outwit, outplay, outlast.”

“Facing your fears robs them of their power.”

“If you’re a person who needs to be sure and have 100% of things lined up logistically, financially, common sense-wise before you take a step, you will go nowhere.  You have to jump in.  You have to be about half-sure, and believe that you’ll figure out the other half on the way.  Every TV production I’ve ever done, I haven’t had enough money or enough time, so if I actually were a worry wart, I wouldn’t have done any of them.  I’ve made huge mistakes, and I’ll tell my people who make mistakes, ‘You know what?  I’d rather you make mistakes than just be safe and do nothing.'”

“If you want to be certain, you should never get married.  You should never change jobs.  In fact, you might as well just stay home.  Because I don’t know anybody who is certain.  That need to be certain is just procrastination.”

“There’s nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway.”

My mantra is: realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.  That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”

“You’ve heard the saying, ‘Analysis creates paralysis.’  You can’t be 100% sure of anything.”

“I look at decisions like – it’s like an Indiana Jones movie.  The guy comes to a rope ladder, and he’s being chased.  There’s uncertainty on the other side, but he knows when he gets to the other side, he’s going to take his machete and cut the rope ladder behind him.  He has no retreat.”

“Content is king.”

“Everybody’s looking for something… some of them want to use you.”

“We have in my company a ‘No Asshole’ policy.  In this business, there’s so much backtalking behind people’s backs, and fakeness.  A lot of people in this room should probably be ashamed of themselves.  It’s not the way I run my company.”

“The world is changing, and the internet is about to become the next broadcast network.”

“Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey.  All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors.”

“The global Christian audience consumes media, buys products, votes, gives to charity and supports causes.  It’s a community that we are grateful to be part of.  I often joke that America was built on two things: the Bible and free enterprise.  Well, we made The Bible and we make Shark Tank.”

“How many times have you been out for a beer or dinner and people are coming up with business ideas?  Everybody wants to think they’ve got that great business idea.”

“I grew up in East London; it was a happy childhood.   I was an only child and never criticized my whole life.”

“I came here with nothing, with maybe a hundred bucks in my pocket and had to get a job.  And these wealthy people who had made their money themselves, I worked for.  It did show me what could be achieved in America, what’s possible if you have some vision to take big risks.”

“I found a nanny/child care position in Beverly Hills taking care of a three-year-old and a 17-year-old.  They had a large, wealthy house.  I learned that I liked the way rich people lived.  I learned that they were not smarter than me.”

“I only know how to be hands-on.”

“I heard my name associated with the Peter Pan syndrome more than once.  But really, what’s so wrong with Peter Pan?  Peter Pan flies.  He is a metaphor for dreams and faith.”

“Have you ever sat on an airplane and wondered if this thing goes down, where do I fit into this society?  Am I the leader or the follower?  Am I brave, am I weak?  I always wondered these things.”

“If a working-class kid from London, who starts off as a nanny, can make it in the United States, anybody can.”

“We celebrate the Bill Gateses of the world.  We’re not mad at Bill Gates.”

“One of the greatest freedoms of living in America is being able to ask the question: ‘If I could do anything I wanted with my life – money being no object – what would I do?’  In many parts of the world, people don’t have the luxury of asking that question.”

“I learned in America that Americans are into results.  Americans don’t care where you came from, what your family did, what school you graduated from.  They care about if you can deliver the results.  That’s what makes America the country it is.”

“America is the most giving nation on Earth.  One of the best ways to feel better is by doing something for somebody else.”

“I am a noisy Christian.”

“I’m just grateful to be in the television business.”

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