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Success is just up ahead! Let me show you

About Me

I've written six books on chasing dreams and success principles. I've also had the opportunity to speak on television and radio about my journey and what it takes to walk through some heavy stuff but to come out on the other side better. I am insanely passionate about education, especially self-education, and I have a Master's Degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh.

I've taught and worked in Higher Education leadership for over a decade. I come to life when I'm working with students and especially when I see them meet their success and goals. There's something very addictive in seeing that A-HA! moment in someone's eyes.

I didn't start here though. I hated school growing up and I especially hated High School. I graduated last in my class and was surprised to find that they actually gave me a diploma at graduation.


It wasn't until I was working in a job that I hated that I decided to go back to school and work on a degree. It was almost instantly after I made this decision that I met my dad for the first time and he offered me a chance to go back to school on a full scholarship provided by him.

As Paulo Coelho says in The Alchemist, "And when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it."

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“Mark is incredible! He has the most extraordinary outlook on life and such wise perspective. His message is both inspiring and practical and his way with words communicates that in the most approachable way. I highly recommend reading his books and blog and listening to his podcast ‘The Craven Effect’”

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Dr. Gabe, On-Air Psychologist (The Doctors) & Clinical Professor in Neuropsychology at USC

“We all need to experience the brand of genius that belongs exclusively to Mark Craven. And not just a little bit but in large doses —profoundly. Mark’s words have a mesmerizing transformative power packaged in an everyday use common sense style. His books are a gift to the world. The passion he has for speaking ignites his audiences. Trust me, I’ve seen Craven in passionate-action. Changed my life! And this awesome talent will transform yours, too— Let him!"