Selling Your Way Out of Bankruptcy and the “YES, IF” Philosophy

“There’s no problem more sales won’t fix!” – Mark Haney

Mark Haney (@HaneyBiz) is a self professed “C’ student, serial entrepreneur and the host of the Rocklin based radio show Entrepreneurs Unlimited.

Mark has founded or co-founded over 20 successful businesses that include ventures in surveillance systems, real estate, limousine rentals and more. 

His first major success as an entrepreneur came from the purchase of a video distribution company with six employees and annual gross sales of $3 – $4M. He later acquired a surveillance systems company that was barely surviving in a deal that went bad and then grew that business into a multi-company security powerhouse with 300 employees and gross sales north of $200M. Mark and his team executed a successful exit strategy that concluded in 2010.

Mark is an active cross-fitter and is dedicated to leading an entrepreneurial revolution in the Sacramento region where he supports, mentors and invests in budding entrepreneurs.

This episode is chalked full of insight, strategies and even a few Markisms (phrases that pop up in his radio show).  We dig into some pretty awesome failures and uncover the hard won lessons learned along the way.  Mark shares what he looks for in founders and the key attributes he believes every successful business needs.

Below are some highlights:

6:30 Losing Good Friends And Good People To A Competitor Is Tough.  

7:50 Lack Of Confidence

14:22  A Violence Of Action

15:45 The “ YES, IF” Philosophy

21:30 Am I Doing Everything Possible?

23:50 Gun To The Head

26:00 Resume of Failures

28:45 Unknowingly Loaning Money To A Man on the Verge of Bankruptcy

32:15 Selling Your Way Out of Bankruptcy

36:15 Struggling with Confidence

37:45 The Numbers Don’t Lie

38:25 Surrounding Yourself With The Right People

39:15 Investing In Rockstars

43:15 Play To Your Strengths

44:00 Putting Yourself Out There

47:00 Failing Everyday

47:45 The Power Of With: 1+1=3

51:05 Ditch The Doubters aka No Asshole Rule

53:35  Weaknesses Waste Time

54:15 Step Minimization Strategy

57:32 The #1 Core Value for Building A Business

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Bonus Content

As you may already know, every guest on our show completes and submits a “Resume of Failures”. You can find Mark’s here.



Beyond every major success, you’ll find countless missed attempts, oversights and mistakes. What matters most, is how YOU choose to respond to it!

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