TMBA527: Letting Go of Your Ego

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Mark Brenwall is the founder of WOD Nation, an Amazon FBA business that sells CrossFit products.

A few years ago, Mark joined us for one of our favorite conversations we’ve had on this podcast in an episode called “The Power of Under Optimization”.

That episode was all about Mark’s unconventional business approach, which prioritizes lifestyle and happiness over aggressive growth.

Today’s episode is the first in a two-part series where we revisit Mark’s story.

In this first part, we explore some of the personal and professional circumstances that led Mark to leave a seemingly great life in the United States for the unknown.



Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Mark started questioning his life in San Francisco. (4:25)
  • How Mark’s path to sobriety is deeply connected with his entrepreneurial journey. (10:01)
  • The importance of losing your ego. (13:32)
  • What happened when Mark moved to the Philippines. (18:36)
  • Why Mark ultimately decided to start selling products on Amazon. (27:10)


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