$130K Minecraft Server, Virtual Reality and Social Anxiety with Mark Metry

Mark Metry is the Founder and current operator for VU Dream, a growing and innovative virtual and augmented reality marketing & advertising agency based in Boston. 

Mark hosts a Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0. On the show, Mark converses with Billionaire’s, New York Times Bestselling authors and world-class human beings like Seth Godin, Ed Mylett, and Dave Asprey, just to name a few.  Mark was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 22nd, 1997 as a first-generation immigrant from Egypt. Mark’s parents came to the United States in 1996 with a couple hundred bucks in their pocket.  Mark got his first job sweeping floors, cleaning tables, and taking orders from customers at my Dad’s pizza store. In 2009 he eventually saved enough money to buy a Laptop and an iPhone. That was the start of Mark’s online learning journey where he learned how to code, develop and build websites and mobile applications in 2009.  He created a popular Minecraft server which yielded a financial return in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Mark started his own YouTube channel around video games at the age of 13 in 2010 and grew it to over 35,000 subscribers.

Favorite Success Quote

Life won’t always go your way, but you will always find a way.

Key Points

1. Any Journey, Whether Internal or External, Usually Takes More Time Than Expected

When you underestimate how long a journey is supposed to take, it can discourage you from working effectively.  Focus on taking one step at a time.  It is okay not to understand the entire 40 year journey today.  Keep going.  Put one foot in front of the other.  One small step at a time you will work and grow through your journey.

2. Be Intentional About Routines

Mark is very intentional about his morning routine.  He implements many strategies that facilitate his personal development and work.  Every morning he says to himself, “The world is conspiring in my favor to make what I’m working on  actually have a meaningful impact on the world.”   Your fundamental beliefs will shape your day.  Monitor every thought and take them captive.

Before getting up, get in touch with your body.  Feel and be mindful about your body.  Visualize what you are planning to do that day.   Visualize your potential dreams letting your imagination run wild.

3. To Break Through, Dig Deep Down Into Who You Are On The Inside

To break through to new levels of success, you have to be honest with yourself about beliefs you hold.  Do you believe lies about your self-worth, purpose, or the world as a whole?  Humans generally adopt beliefs in difficult seasons of one’s life to help them cope with their present reality.  These beliefs are the biggest sign of who you are showing up as a human being. 

Once you break through emotional walls that you have false beliefs about yourself such as, “I’m a socially anxious person.”, you start to realize you may no longer even agree with that belief.  If you have beliefs like this it is likely that you made them to meet your emotional and psychological needs during that time of your life.  Once you discover your ‘why’, then you will see an out ward transformation.

4.  Remain Grateful For Your Gifts, and Use Your Struggles To Your Advantage

Do NOT allow age to hold you back, whether young or old.  Mark uses social anxiety to fuel him as he speaks to live audiences.  In this way, he takes something negative and uses it to his advantage to show up 110% as himself. 

By remaining deeply intentional and committed to your craft, you can become virtually unstoppable.  Adopt certain helpful aspects of mentors to help you create a powerful mindset.   Commitment is necessary for any level of success.  Make a decision and GO.  If you have already committed to a goal, keep going.  Be in the trenches every day.  

5. Podcast For Your Listener, Not To Sell A Book.

Simulate a connection between your guest and your listeners.  This can be done by approaching interviews as a sincerely curious learner.  People start to view you as a person of value, but more importantly, trust.  In your mind as a podcaster, act as a facilitator instead of a “know it all”.  The success of a podcast is based on the relationship the listeners have with the show and host.  

Involve your community.  Do it for them, not as a means to an end.  You want to be a human being that can be trusted long term.  Find a way to facilitate TWO way communication with your audience because you NEED feedback.  Start the conversation first.  Mark recommends putting 85% of social media time into Linkedin

“If You Had 60 Seconds with Your Younger Self, What Would You Tell Him?”

I’m super proud of you bro.  Just keep going.

Connect with Mark Metry


Mark’s Instagram: @markmetry

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-metry/ 

Humans 2.0 Podcast (over 450 reviews!): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/humans-2-0-mind-upgrade/id1270828712?mt=2   

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