Ep: 166 Mark Shaiken


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Mark Shaiken

41 years in the law; then one day, no more law. Mark left the big firm, corporate bankruptcy practice to pursue things about which he had a passion. Now he measures each day by what he gives and tries to make a difference in a small way. To do so, Mark teaches photography to returning veterans, he is the vice-chair of Think 360 Arts for Learning which brings art to inner city kids and the elderly, and he is on the finance and audit committee of Habitat for Humanity – Metro Denver. Mark’s story into and eventually out of the law world is documented in his new book, “And, Just Like That – essays on a life before, during and after the law.”

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Show Notes:

  • Mark has had different habits in the different phases of his life.
    • In law school, he read and wrote a lot.
    • While practicing law, Mark had to try to balance his life.
    • Now, Mark is intentional. He gets up every day and does a self-checkup.
  • If you go into something that you’re not really passionate about, you spend a lot of your time negotiating for how much longer you’re going to do this until you get out of it.
  • Adults spend a lot of time thinking about if they’re doing what they want to do.
    • If the answer is not necessarily, you think a lot about what you should be doing.
    • You’re doing what you know how to do.
  • Change your focus from being sorry for yourself for doing something you don’t like and start looking for what you can do.
    • Who can you help?
  • Know what you’re going to do, and then jump in and do it.
  • There’s a notion that there is only one thing you can do in life, and that notion is so wrong.
    • We have a problem identifying the things we can do and figuring out how to implement them.
  • Mark gets way more than he gives.
  • Introducing kids to art and music increases their chances of graduating from school.
  • Putting families in homes helps them and increases their quality of life.
  • The more you can do, the more you better life.
  • If you ain’t got the passion, it ain’t going to work.
  • You’ll feel better when you donate your time to a cause.
    • Even if it’s only an hour.
  • Just Like That
    • Mark’s book title represents what happened when he left work.
    • His idea was to focus on how sudden his choice was and how suddenly then he was able to do the things he wanted and planned on doing.

Mark Shaiken’s Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? Mindset is huge. It’s another thing that can be intentional.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? He gets up every day with lots to do. Mark draws energy from knowing he’s going to help get things done.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? His wife is his biggest connection.
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “The practice of law isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.”
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it? Your Next Season by Leslie W. Braksick and William R.K. Innes
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? We can all change things in a small way.


Check out Mark’s website at markshaikenauthor.com or buy his book at markshaikenphoto.com/books/and-just-like-that/!

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