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Check Out Mark Brown’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Brown. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Mark Brown welcomed his son Noble into the world in 2012. Instantly he knew he wanted to help him learn the life-changing power of gratitude, mindfulness, self-compassion, and many other evergreen value before he did. The author admits, “Until I was 24, I was obsessed with chasing things that would make me happy, cars, houses, money, status, etc. But each time I achieved or obtained something that I thought would make me happy – it didn’t. The finish line to ‘happy’ always seems to move. And after years of personal work, I learned that happiness came from the inside. I learned that gratitude was a learnable skill, and once it was, instantly you awaken to your current wealth.”

Mark began to search for children’s content that taught these concepts – but found a glaring deficit. “I searched high and low and discovered an uncomfortable truth – countless books were teaching ABCs and 123’s – the academic- but anything revealing the tools needed to be a happy, content, and appreciative human being were non-existent. So, I created Zen Pig.”

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
Anything but! Being self-published for the first 3 years of the “Zen Pig” series was a constant juggle of building awareness, continuing to create core content, supplier issues, pick/pack/shipping the books, and customer service. It was wild.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a writer at heart – the Zen Pig series, The InnerSpace Program (my self-improvement brand for adults), or the scripts from my video production days when I’m articulating nebulous concepts into digestible language I feel most aligned.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I learned this lesson the hard way stop thinking and do. Perfectionism is a disease that robs you and the people your work can help. Just allow your creations the breath of life, release, and then tinker, release again, tinker, etc. Art is an experimental process, not an absolute.


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