As I Held My Son In My Arms, I Saw A Facebook Post That Shocked Me…

On August 19, Deena gave birth to our son, Mark Evans III. (Check out these awesome pics on my Facebook page and be sure to like the page to get some great info and the occasional adorable pic of Mark III).


The DM jr. … dreaming of making deals!

As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited and the little guy has already inspired me to level up my game even further (plus he amped up my motivation to do even more deals to provide an amazing life for him).

While sitting there holding him in my arms, I was just feeling so thankful and thinking about how there are millions of kids in the world who wouldn’t be born into a family that had all the privileges and advantages that he had.

Then, almost as if the universe heard my thoughts, I saw post on Facebook about Hope To Haiti (a non-profit organization that does amazing work in Haiti). They talked about how there was a school in Haiti where the children had to sit on a hard cement floor in order to learn. (Some of the kids couldn’t go to school at all.)

Now, I didn’t love school but I was fortunate enough to have a desk and chair. And when Mark III goes to school, he’s going to have a desk and chair too. But these kids in Haiti WANTED to learn and SHOWED UP to school but had to endure a lot of discomfort. Wow.

Little DM looked up at me and it was like he was telling me to do something about it.

So Deena and I and Mark III talked about it (well, Mark III didn’t contribute a lot to the conversation — lol) and we decided then and there to donate the materials so desks and benches could be built for those students.

Here’s the really cool reply we just heard back from Hope To Haiti

(Source: This information was written by Hope To Haiti and published in their newsletter)

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Hope To Haiti

I want to say a special thank you to the Preston Scott Morning Show on100.7FM Tallahassee, Florida. He along with my dear friend Dr. Ed Moore, put out a challenge to Preston’s listeners to donate for this cause. They raised enough funds for thirteen benches !!!

I also wanted to share this story. It is amazing who we are able to reach when our friends that receive our newsletters and FaceBook posts SHARE and then repost or forward a friend. We often receive support from people we have never had any interactions with beforehand.

One of H2H’s number one fans is Doug Doebler, we have been friends for almost eight years. He is a member of the Caring House Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is always quick to forward my emails to others within his network.

When Doug saw our need for the school desks, he posted it on his FaceBook page. His friend Mark Evans saw the need and immediately pledge support for an entire school!!!

From Doug, here is Evan’s story…..

H2H Donors and Palm Beach Residents Mark and Deena Evans were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Mark III, on August 19, 2015. Just hours after watching his son enter the world, Mark saw a Facebook post that H2H desired to provide new school benches/desks for the Guernsey Family Village multi purpose building we recently built with The Caring House Project Foundation.

The Facebook caught Mark’s attention because the School/Church/Community Center is located near St. Marc in Haiti — a country Mark had visited in 2007. During that trip, Mark was shocked at the conditions there, and although much progress has been made in Haiti, there is always more to do and Haiti has always remained close to Mark’s heart. So Mark and Deena sent a note to H2H that they were so grateful to have their first child, a bouncing baby boy born in the good old USA, and they wanted to do something special to honor the birth of their son.

Providing the funds for new school benches sounded like a great idea. Less than 30 days later, the benches are built and in use in the new School/Church/Community Center building.

Thank you Mark, Deena & Mark III for your generosity.


Deena, Mark III, and The DM

Check out these pics of the desks and benches being built…


The lumber was bought locally


Haitian locals were hired to build the benches and desks


It’s coming together!


The kids are trying them out


I think they seem pretty happy


Yep! These kids are ready to learn!

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Here’s how the DM feels about school…

I wasn’t great in school. I never went to college. And the truth is, I think college degrees are often overrated (although definitely necessary sometimes… I’m glad that the doctor who helped Deena give birth had a degree!)

But the value of school, especially in the formative years for children, is so powerful. Kids drink up information and they also benefit from the discipline and routine of school plus the exposure to information that they might not get if they didn’t go to school.

I may not have been a stellar student but when Mark III grows up, you can be sure that I’m putting him into a great school with the best support he can get. I won’t have an expectation that he’ll get a degree but I’ll make sure he doesn’t blow off school either.

And I firmly believe that if Haiti is going develop as a nation, it will be because their children had the invaluable benefits of education… and I’m thrilled that my family of 3 can contribute to the education of 150 Haitian kids, and to the future of Haiti.

Your friend and mentor
Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, I also encourage you to give. You can get more information and arrange a donation to Hope To Haiti at


One Of The Most Powerful And Emotional Things I’ve Ever Done

It’s a Wrap!

My parents were in town this past weekend, and with this in mind, I hired a videographer to interview them.

Why would I do this?

It actually goes back to 2005…

October 8, 2005 was one of the saddest days of my life. It’s the day that I lost my grandmother to stage 4 lung cancer.

I remember the day I got the call from my parents telling me that grandma had cancer. She had gone into the hospital for a routine check-up and discovered that she had cancer. It was dramatically advanced and she only had 2 weeks to live.

My heart sank and I fell to the ground in my office and wondered, “how the HELL could this happen?” It was a mix of emotion. I felt shock, sadness, regret, helplessness – I loved this wonderful woman.

Did I tell her how much I loved her? Did I remind her often enough how much she meant to me? Did we spend as much time together as we could have spent, doing the things she enjoyed? Did she know how thankful I was for her and the impact she had on my life?

I dropped everything, got into my car and drove to her, just to get by her side to spend as much time as possible with her.

I wish you could meet my grandmother…

Her name was Reah and I was fortunate enough to know her for most of my life, and especially to spend much of her last days with her. On October 8, 2005, she lost her life to cancer but the memories we shared together live on: Growing up near her, I literally would stay all night with her for weeks on end just sitting around watching TV, putting puzzles together, making candles, sharing stories about my grandpa Ben and how hard he worked to raise the family. She was a good ole’ fashion genuinely great person.

Here’s an awesome picture of my grandmother Reah and her sister in a limo I rented for her to go to the family Christmas party. This was the first time she was in a limo and I’m thankful I was able to do this for her. It was a huge hit at the family Christmas party. (I’m so thankful that I didn’t put this off just to save a few bucks. Some folks look at the money plus they put things off to avoid spending money but this was a lifetime memory and the money I spent didn’t matter because the memory was priceless.)

My Grandmother Reah and her Sister Betty in the Limo compliments of The DM :)

So, why am I fighting back the tears and writing this to you? Why am I sharing about the saddest day of my life?

I was recently in a meeting with a great guy named Jim who had a similar story with one of his relatives. We were talking about life and I told him about my grandmother He then mentioned something he’d read by Brendon Burchard – an author, speaker, and trainer (who is probably most famous for his books The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge.) So I checked out what Brendan wrote…

Turns out, like many other people, Brendon also lost someone to cancer and he recognized that losing someone doesn’t have to mean losing their message and wisdom and love and memory. Like me, he knew that we should celebrate the person’s life for as long as they are with us and preserve their legacy after they’re gone. So he put together a list of interview questions and urged his audience to interview their loved ones as a way to get to know them better and to preserve the important things they have to say.

A record of wisdom and love

Inspired from his thinking, I put together my own questions that I would ask if I were interviewing a loved one. I wish I’d interviewed my grandmother before she passed. I would have a video that I could watch and share with my family.

Could you imagine having a video from your great, great grandparents discussing their life story? It’s as if they reach through time and speak directly to you! Their story could help explain and shape who you are and potentially could become! It’s an influential notion many of us wish we had access to but unfortunately don’t.

Although I never was able to record an interview with my grandmother, I do have an audio that I created for my grandmother in which I told her how much she meant to me. It was recorded on an old fashioned tape deck and it took me all day to create the audio and then I would sit beside her bed – just her and I – and I pressed play and then I held her hand as we both cried and smiled and laughed. I’m so thankful I was able to put the words on audio for her as I know she knew how much she meant to me.

I have an audio of my thoughts for my grandmother but I don’t have a video of her sharing her life and wisdom, and I feel like I’m really missing something important from her! I don’t ever want to make that mistake again with any other loved one. I want to learn from my family and I want to preserve their love and lessons for myself, my family, and generations to come.

That’s why I hired a videographer to interview my parents, which we did when they were visiting recently.

The interview was emotional but I learned so much more about my parents and it was a perfect opportunity to tell them how much they mean to me.

Here are some pictures from that experience.

Palm Beach, FL March 23rd 2015, my mother being interviewed

Palm Beach, FL March 23rd 2015, my father being interviewed

If you need help getting started, I’ve listed several questions at the bottom of this blog post that you can use. Change them up or use them as-is.

Your legacy-building friend,

Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, whether you decide to do one or both, I urge you to do them soon. As I learned with my grandmother, we don’t know how long we have on this earth so make the most of the time you have with your loved ones now. Tomorrow is never guaranteed!

PS, the same lesson goes for you, too: You don’t know how long YOU have on this earth. So make sure you tell your loved ones that you love them, and make sure you make the most out of every single day. If I have a legacy I want to share with this world, it’s this… Live life to the fullest. Do the things you love with the people you love. Don’t waste a moment!


Here are some questions that I wrote down to answer when I did my recording for my grandmother. You may need to modify this slightly, depending on who you are talking to…

1. [Name], we are here and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to be able to do this. I have a lot I want to share with you.
2. I wanted to share with you some of my most memorable memories I’ve had with you…
3. I wanted to let you know how thankful I am of you…
4. I wanted to share how you made me feel…
5. I wanted to share with you how special you are to me…
6. I always laugh out loud when I think of… (have them talk about times we had together)
7. I will carry out anything you need me to do in my life and pass the torch on… (What do you want me to carry out on your behalf?)
8. Thank you for being such a great inspiration/ person to me…


Below is a list of questions that you can ask your loved ones. Some of these questions may need to be edited slightly, depending on who they are, and some questions may need to be repeated (such as if you’re asking about siblings and you have several). In some questions, I’ve also added additional clarifying questions in parentheses so you can prompt your interviewee to help them broaden their answer.

Credit: Brendon Burchard created his own list and that list inspired mine. A couple of the questions are similar but I’ve created my own list of questions below. Want to give credit to Brendan for the inspiration.

TIP: I recommend that you hire a professional videographer to help you create a high-quality video that will be cherished and watched over and over.

You can record this in any of the following ways:

  • Be there in person (I would love to do this but I’d start crying on the first questions. Truthfully not everyone is like this of course.)
  • If you’re far away from this person, call in on a speaker phone and ask the questions while they are being interviewed.
  • Or, have the videographer ask the questions and when they finish recording the answers, they can edit you asking the questions. (This is what I did)

Also, you should always have the person you’re interviewing re ask the question. Example:

YOU: “Where were you born and where did you grow up?”
THEM: “Where was I born and where did I grow up? [and then the answer]

1. State your name.
2. Tell me the date and year you were born.
3. Where were you born and where did you grow up?
4. Describe what your life was like growing up.
5. Tell me about your parents.
6.What do you remember most about your mother?
7. What do you remember most about your father?
8. How did your parents meet?
9. If they had a message to share with their grandchildren, what would it be?
10. What are your fondest memories of your childhood?
11. What are your fondest memories of your teenage years?
12. Tell me about how you met your spouse. (Where did you meet? How did you meet? How did you know they were the one you wanted to marry?)
13. How would you describe your spouse?
14. Tell me about your career. (How did you choose that career? What made you successful at it?)
15. Tell me about some of the best times in your life.
16. Tell me about some of the most difficult times in your life.
17. What helped you get through the difficult times?
18. What events in your life do you think most shaped your life?
19. How did having children change your life?
20. Tell me about what life was like when you had each child. (Repeat this question for every child the person had.)
21. How would you describe the life you lived?
22. What do you want to be remembered for?
23. What are your fondest memories in life, overall?
24. What are you most proud of in life?
25. If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you do differently?
26. If you could make any change to the world, what would it be?
27. What message would you like to share with your family?
28. What things do you want me to pursue in the future on your behalf to keep your legacy living?


How To Fly First Class (The SHOCKING Secret that was Hidden from Me for Years)

Imagine sitting down in the most comfortable reclining chair, putting your feet up, and sipping champagne that is served to you on a platter…

… and by the time you get out of your chair, you’re in a different country.

THAT is the beauty of flying first class.

DM passed out in first class heading to Bali

I didn’t always fly first class.

When I first started flying places, I lined up with everyone else in the LONG line at the airport, then jammed into the back of the plane like it was a cattle car, SQUEEZED into the seats (“pass the shoehorn, please”) and tried to remain absolutely motionless the entire flight so that I didn’t disturb the guy sleeping next to me (if he rests his head on my shoulder one more time…)

For those first few years of flying economy class, I saw flying as the necessary evil of travel… the uncomfortable thing you had to do to get where you wanted to go. Plus, I like money (who doesn’t?!?) so when I compared the prices of economy class versus first class, it seemed to make financial sense to pick the cheaper option.

Hey, that’s more money that stays in my pocket, right?

But then something changed…

I was talking with a mentor about getting my business to the next level. (Yes, I had a mentor – I still have mentors… more than one actually. You should have a few in your life too). My mentor asked me to think about who the most successful business owners were and how they lived. I listed a few of the people that I thought were super-rich, and how I thought they lived. And on that list I said: “They fly first class.

My mentor stopped me and told me something that SHOCKED me: He said, “Mark, you need to start flying first class right now.

Then he explained why (I’ll tell you why in a moment) and it was a total wake-up call for me and it changed my life.

No joke, choosing to fly first class was a decision that literally changed my life.

I know that probably sounds funny – that flying first class is life changing – but it was for me and I think it will be for you. In fact, if you’re not flying first class right now, I think you should start immediately.

Yes, flying first class gives you better leg room and nicer seats and better food and more drinks but that has very little to do with why you should fly first class. (But of course it’s a great bonus!)

It’s A Mindset Transformation

Flying first class is not just about spending more money to be more comfortable. If that’s all you think it is then you’re limiting your thinking and that might actually be holding you back from making more money and achieving more success in your business and life (however you happen to define the word “success”).

If your first thought when you read this blog post is that you can’t afford to fly first class then I would say that you are limiting your mindset and you will always struggle to play at the level that you want to play at.

Here’s something my mentor told me… “Select Excellence over Adequacy.” (stew on that)

The first few times I flew in first class it was a financial stretch for me, too. But I believe that if you can afford to fly, you can afford to fly first class.

Flying First Class Is Really About Expanding Your Thinking

The most successful people in the world (however you define the term “success”) don’t wait until they’ve reached a certain level before playing at that level. Rather, they start playing at the level they want to be at… and THAT’s how they achieve that level.

When you fly first class, you adopt the mindset and practices of the most successful people, even if you have not achieved “success” (however you define it). You’re stepping into that role and living it and that allows your mind to expand.

This is a huge boost to how you think about yourself: A lot of people think, “when I am successful, then I’ll fly first class” but they never really define what “success” is so they end up stuck in economy class and it reinforces the belief that they aren’t successful yet. They wait in the long line at the airport just to check in, and then more long lines and uncomfortable chairs.

Meanwhile, those of us in first class have an entirely different world of experience: we have a shorter, faster line through security and within minutes we’re sitting in a comfortable first class lounge sipping on a cocktail and eating free food. (And most of the first class lounges have showers so you can clean up and get refreshed). They call you before the flight, so you can be sitting in a nice lounge closing deals, working on your computer with a desk, while you wait for the call. And when the call comes to board the plane, you walk past that massive line to the first class line and they swoop you right on through. You get to your seat quicker, and can finish that deal call.

Really, if you appreciate your time this is the way to fly.

What’s more, flying first class actually drives you to want to achieve more. Once you experience what first class is like (hint: There’s a reason that they call it “first class”) it drives you to want to achieve more in your business and in your life.

It’s really not about flying first class; it’s a lifestyle choice and one that carries over to many parts of your life and business. I know many folks who have adopted this mindset and have done very well and the best part is they are getting there in first class style.

How I’m Able To Charge More For My Properties In A Competitive Business

For example, another realization that I experienced sitting in first class was that I could offer a first class service to my investors and add a first class service fee to the price of property and allow them to enjoy the ride. Today, 100% of my business is first class turnkey investments that allow my clients to sit back and enjoy the profits every month.

Once you realize that you have options — that some clients want first class options and some don’t want them, and that’s fine — it opens up a new world of opportunity in whatever business you’re in. I just made a choice to live life first class style and realized that it’s pretty good on this side. Try it, I’m confident you’ll grow from it.

The DM livin’ and drivin’ in first class style

There’s more, too: You meet other people in first class who are already at the level you want to be at. That creates positive upward connections that are great for business (they see you in first class so it positions you as one of their peers).

(And another bonus for me and for anyone else who loves to travel: First class makes the journey as enjoyable as the destination rather than the annoying thing you need to tolerate to get where you want to go).

Here’s Where The Magic Happens

When you fly first class (or do anything at a level higher than you’re at right now) you end up unconsciously changing your habits and actions to meet you at that level. So when you fly first class, you end up doing things that first class thinkers do – like doing bigger deals and making more money per deal and doing more deals (just to name a few things).

That’s because our ACTIONS meet our EXPECTATIONS. So if we set first class expectations, our actions will level up to meet our expectations. We all have experienced this at many levels. Think about this: Think of your first car you ever bought, or your first apartment maybe; could you imagine driving or living in those conditions now? The only thing that’s changed is YOU! The cars are still there; the apartment is still there…

… But WE are the ones that have changed.

This is true for everything, from the car you drive to the house you live in to the restaurants you eat at to the people you hang out with… when you play at a higher level, your actions in business and life will catch up to meet your expectations.

THE BOTTOM LINE: I don’t care how you define success… if you aspire to be successful then you need to start playing at that level today… and the rest of your life will catch up. And a great way to start is to fly first class.

I truly believe in an abundance world. If you focus on trying to save money and spend less, you end limiting your sense of abundance and you lower your idea of what you can have. (For example, if a plane ticket is for sale at $1000 and you trying to see if you can get it for only $700, you are lowering how you value yourself). When I started flying first class, I was spending more but I was living with an abundance mindset and I soon started making more money and was able to do more and give more to charity. Imagine that!

There is a lot in this world that you can enjoy and you won’t get there if you “nickel and dime” your way to it. The only way to do it is to adopt an abundance mentality — fly first class and LIVE first class!

Your first class friend and mentor,
Mark Evans DM,DN

PS, Here’s a great way to take your life to a first class level while you transform your investing business: I’ve got a Deal-A-Thon coming up shortly and if you’ve done at least a couple of deals and have $5K to spend on your business, I want you to help you implement the exact same systems and strategies that I use to do more deals virtually so I can live a first class life. It’s easy to tell me you’re ready: Just click here now to fill out the simple form and I’ll get in touch about my next Deal-A-Thon….

… Oh, and I want you to fly first class to the event!!!

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