Best-Selling Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and
World-Famous Inspirational Speaker
Mark Victor Hansen is probably best known as the co-author for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and brand, setting world records in book sales, with over 500 millions books sold. Mark also worked his way into a worldwide spotlight as a sought-after keynote speaker, and entrepreneurial marketing maven, creating a stream of successful people who have created massive success for themselves through Mark’s unique teachings and wisdom. With his endearing charismatic style, Mark captures his audience’s attention as well as their hearts. Having spoken to over 6000 audiences world-wide with his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful authority of his work, time and again he continues to receive high accolades from his audiences as one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers and leaders of our time.
His credentials include a lifetime of entrepreneurial success, alternative energy pursuits, in addition to an extensive academic background. Many of Mark’s ideas about the comprehensive success of all humanity came from his years of undergraduate study with the famous Buckminster Fuller, one of Albert Einstein’s greatest students.
He is also a prolific writer with many popular books such as the Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, One Minute Millionaire which has inspired and helped thousands of people the world over to become millionaires. Mark has also made a profound influence through his extensive library of audio programs, video programs and enriching articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, publishing success and personal and professional development.
Mark’s energy and exuberance travels still further through mediums such as television (Oprah, CNN and The Today Show), print (TIME, US News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur) and countless radio and newspaper interviews as he assures people everywhere that “with the right principles and mentors, you can easily create the life of your dreams.”
Mark Victor Hansen is an enthusiastic crusader of what’s possible and is driven to “make the world work for 100 percent of humanity.” He is also known as a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian, working tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA among others. The Mark Victor Hansen Foundation was Mark’s lifelong dream and is dedicated to helping young people become financially literate, and to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into business achievements. He created Richest Kids Academy to teach entrepreneurial leadership and financial literacy to kids around the world.
Awards and Accolades
In the year 2000, The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honored Mark with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. Each year, this association honors American leaders who personify the virtues and principles inherent in the success stories written by 19th century American author Horatio Alger, Jr. As an award winner, Mark’s extraordinary life achievements stand as a powerful example that the free enterprise system still offers opportunity to all. In 2000, Northwood University honored him as the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year. In 2002, The University of Toledo presented Mark with an Honorary PhD in Business Administration and established the Mark Victor Hansen Entrepreneurial Excellence Fund, that will help shape the minds of future business leaders and assist in the development of the faculty who will teach them.
Mark serves as of Chief Executive Officer of M.V. Hansen & Associates, Inc., Co-Founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. and President of One Minute Millionaire, LLC, and co-owner and founder of Natural Power Concepts.
Mark finds his greatest joy now, in his soul-mate relationship with his wife, best friend, and partner, Crystal Dwyer Hansen. He says a true soul mate relationship allows you to express all that you were meant to be, at your best. Crystal and Mark enjoy spending cherished time with their combined 5 children and 3 precious grand-children and try to include them whenever possible, into their travels around the world.
The Future of Entrepreneurial/Enlightened Leadership--Visionary Leadership Beyond the Top
Mark Victor Hansen looks at leadership as having the unwavering ability to not look at the world as it is, but as it can be. Leadership is about discovering what is inevitable, transformative, and in alignment with all the resources; and using them to prosper greatly now. The wisest man of all time, Solomon said: “Without vision people perish,” Mark says: “With vision people, companies, and associations flourish, grow, expand and vastly improve immediately!” Mark enlightens his audience about achieving the qualities of limitless vision to achieve their ultimate potential, creating practical, measurable progress by elevating everyone’s successes. Mark understands from leading his own empires, that the gold standard of leadership is leaders that consistently and effectively re-invent themselves and their organizations. He inspires everyone to fulfill their destiny and fully utilize their potential, starting by overcoming all obstacles, challenges, and resistance. One must master the fine art of self-leadership, so they can lead all others. Mark discusses the principles that work and are time tested and those that don’t work in business and in life. Attendees quickly take ownership and mastery of the four great principles of leadership. He will show that all great leaders are focused. They are insistent, consistent, and persistently passionate and purposeful. Mark has proven to audiences worldwide, that every person can foster and embrace a magnificent obsession to achieve beyond their limitations, no matter what.
Bringing America Back--Rekindling Her Greatness Through Personal Greatness
America’s success depends on your success. A successful country starts with independent, successful individuals who are groomed and inspired to lead. Success is organizing, prioritizing, and orchestrating macro to micro-goals and accomplishments. We must recognize our role individually and collectively to serve greatly the total world population of seven billion. The business of America is business. With massive innovation and marketing we can, again, create a super strong economy. Mark delivers seven principles to get America going and keep it going. As Mark has traveled around the world, he has found everyone, everywhere wants to sell into our market, yet American’s are here are under-served and can easily and profitably sold to. Mark will make what is invisible—visible—that which is hidden in plain sight. He brings to audiences the ultimate roadmap to the riches and potential that can be had achieved by focusing on the proper principles. He shows how to do that right here and right now; in the most affluent country in the world, America.
Selling Yourself Rich--The Art of Creating Lifelong Clients and Sustainable Profits
Mark teaches that selling in today’s world requires a completely new understanding if you’re going to do it successfully. Raving buyers are the lifeblood of sales. Sales are the lifeblood of business and the lifeblood of America. Every relationship depends on a successful “sale” of ideas/information, values, services, benefits, or products. He shows you how to have clients that become lifelong friends/ supporters that only recommend and refer you and your company. Mark teaches the techniques for turning problems into profitable solutions, and transforming objections into testimonials. Selling isn’t about hawking your products, but instead about creating relationship equity with people who will joyfully be a dedicated fan and user of your products for a lifetime. This experience with Mark will elevate your thinking and techniques in sales to levels you couldn’t have imagined were possible.
Social Entrepreneurship--Building Enterprises that Expand Humanity’s Potential and Your Businesses’ Global Footprint
Mark teaches that Social Entrepreneurship starts with the idea of doing business, which creates more than enough for everyone by building enterprises, dedicated to doing just that. Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Yunus invented Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship with Micro-Credit and Micro-Finance. Mark has expanded it to be useful to every business, company, and association to vastly multiply its respective effectiveness and imprint on the world. With Mark’s vast experience working with audiences and people around the world, he believes that everyone has a soul level need to contribute and give back; thus, creating legacy wealth and a heritage worthy of remembering. Whatever is given comes back multiplied, magnified, and magnetized. He teaches that social entrepreneurship signals the imperative to drive social change, and it is that potential payoff, with its lasting, transformational benefit to society, that sets the field and its practitioners apart, opening gateways to a much bigger global presence for every business. Like most entrepreneurial endeavors, social enterprises start with an innovative idea that has the potential to solve a community or societal problem. Mark teaches that as we create more abundance, more individuals will be willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their initiatives. Social Enterprise is the gift that truly keeps giving.