Rehearse the vision and stay focused.
It is with compassion and commitment that Mark Moore Jr reaches out to the next generation. The need to connect with as many people as possible has led Mark to become a thought leader in his church, Faith Covenant Church in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he serves as the Pastoral Assistant and the National Youth President for the Apostolic Assemblies of Christ.
It is through his calling that he felt drawn to event planning and ministry media. Using social media as a platform from which to reach more people than ever before has brought a huge, yet cherished, responsibility to Mark. He finds his work both rewarding and necessary as he makes the important connections to extend his message around the world.
Where did the idea for Faith Covenant Church come from?
It came from the recognition of a need for gathering that spoke to people’s spiritual and natural needs.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Most of my days start early with morning devotions. I want to start each day in calmness because I have found that it will help me be more productive with my day. You want to start each day with a focus on what needs to be accomplished. Those are followed by conference calls, meetings, and vision planning. My days are generally pretty full of phone calls and meetings. I stay productive by staying focused on the ultimate goal.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I bring ideas to life by having a real strategy on how to bring it to reality. I will examine what the possible outcomes could be and evaluate the best course to make it happen. Once I have chosen a path, I stay focused on it until completion, so I need to first be sure I have a tried and true method of obtaining the goal. I’ll discuss ideas with my colleagues so that I can gain their knowledge and apply it to my plans. Then, it is just a matter of having the commitment to follow through.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The trend that excites me is the move towards more youthful leadership in business and in ministry. This excites me because seeing younger voices taking positions of authority shows we have a hopeful future. Historically, people seem to have felt you had to be older to be viewed as a leader. Younger crowds felt they wouldn’t be heard. It is great to see the younger generation realizing their strengths and using those to pursue their spiritual foundations, as well as to further the mission of reaching out.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I am constantly exposing myself to new things. I stay as well versed in what is happening in the world and using that as a jumping point to my work. I am helping to bring our ideas and values to a generation that is used to being able to type words into a search engine and find the answers they are looking for. I need to stay on top of what is going on so I can bring the right message to those who are seeking guidance.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would say listen to the wisdom that is shared, and especially to heed life advice from those who have been there. I also think I would say slow down a little. I have been following my calling from a very young age, and I have not taken as much time as I should have to really appreciate all that I have accomplished so far. I am always so focused on the next step that I have sometimes forgotten to take a moment to feel the good that I have done.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I believe that sugar belongs in grits. A lot of people have disagreed with me on this for many years, but it is true. It tastes wonderful and I really love it. I honestly wish more people would trust me on that and give it a try.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Rehearse the vision. Put into your mind that what you want to accomplish and see it happening. Only then can you successfully present it to others. You have to fully believe, with your whole heart, in what you are trying to do. You cannot effectively present something to others without first having that faith and belief yourself.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Personal touch. The difference is in the details. We have a personal touch and attention to detail unlike any others. We care about things others may not care about. It is that attention that separates us from others that offer similar services.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I have placed the wrong people in certain positions. You overcome that by accepting responsibility and making the necessary changes to correct the issue. You have to take your lumps and move forward. What you can’t do is allow a mistake to derail you from your potential. Learn from the past so that you can make better choices moving forward. There is not a single person on this planet who is perfect, but those who choose to use failure as a teacher will find more success than those who don’t.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I think someone should come up with a way to provide an Uber for pets. It sounds a bit funny, I’m sure, but so many people would love to be able to send their pets to a doggy daycare or something and just don’t have the time to get them there. I think a taxi service for pets is a great service to offer.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I recently purchased several books. I believe in feeding yourself with knowledge whenever you can. You want to be as educated as you can be or people won’t feel they can listen to you.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
We use a web service called Wusoo.com. It’s a one-stop shop for forms and it lets us connect and survey with our audience in a very organized way.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Purple Cow by Seth Godin. It challenges your thinking and invites you to think outside the box.
What is your favorite quote?
“Ask and it shall be given”
- It’s important that we place more emphasis on the “Why” than we do the “what”
- We must never despise the time of small beginnings
- The importance of a strong foundation can not be exaggerated
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.