Jan. 30, 2023

042: Marc Hodulich | The Mindset of a High-Performer Athlete

042: Marc Hodulich | The Mindset of a High-Performer Athlete

Welcome to the Go Big to Give Big Podcast with Randy Molland and Steve Arneson! In this episode of our podcast, we had an awesome conversation with the great Marc Hodulich, the brain behind the ‘29029 Everesting’ event where participants do laps up a ski hill to reach the equivalent height of Mount Everest. Marc dives deep into his story of success as an entrepreneur and operation specialist. He shares the journey of how he trained for countless endurance races, ultra-marathons, and his experience with the dark side of pushing himself mentally. He also talks about how he teamed up with Jesse Itzler and Colin O'Brady to create 29029, an incredible endurance event that combines physical and mental challenges while raising millions of dollars for charity.


In this great talk, you will gain insight into the importance of having a strong team and culture, self-awareness, authentic relationships, self-discipline, and hard work in order to achieve a goal. In addition, Marc emphasizes leading by example, using creativity to turn events into charity opportunities, and celebrating accomplishments as we get older.


Finally, he stresses the importance of giving back once successful and encourages listeners to bet on themselves and go bigger with their dreams so that they can give back with their profits. Tune in to learn inspiring lessons from Marc's journey!


[00:00 - 08:53] Uncovering Success and Generosity

·        Marc Hodulich is the co-founder of 29 029, an event where participants do laps up a ski hill to reach the equivalent height of Mount Everest

·        Marc has produced epic events, been an endurance race addict, and raised millions of dollars for charity throughout his career

·        Marc has always been creative and willing to pursue creative ideas from a young age

·        Marc has also been trained for endurance races and ultra-marathons and has raised millions of dollars for charity throughout his career.

[08:53 - 14:10] How Authenticity and Self-Awareness Led to a Successful Partnership

·        Marc was looking for someone who could fulfill things he wasn't good at

·        Colin O’Brady, one of his partners, had legitimacy in the area they were working in and already had 7 world records

·        Jesse Itzler, another partner, was a great speaker and able to broadcast the message and be a subject matter expert

·        Marc's approach was to be authentic, in the right place at the right time, and be self-aware

·        Marc's core values include making things fun and awesome for employees

·        He believes that the culture comes from his parents and the way they made their house the place kids wanted to hang out


[14:10 - 24:46] Leaders Lead by Example

·        Leadership is taking responsibility for successes and failures

·        Good leaders put their team's happiness and outcomes first

·        Leaders take responsibility for their team's successes and failures

·        Leading by example is important in creating a good company culture

·        The grit and determination gained from endurance training can be applied to other areas of life


[24:46 - 30:35] Raising Millions for Charity Through Creativity

·        Marc is also a philanthropist who has raised millions of dollars through charity events.

·        Marc created a charity event on Wall Street that was a competition between Wall Street athletes.

·        The event was created as a way to decide who was the best athlete among friends working on Wall Street.

·        The event benefited something and it was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the financial crisis that happened at the time.


[30:35 - 40:55] Making a Positive Impact

·        Marc believes that having a charitable or altruistic component to a business can help maintain momentum and excitement.

·        Marc feels a responsibility to make sure anyone involved in the fundraising event has a positive experience.

·        Marc believes that having a mission or cause greater than just making money makes it easier to stay on track and prosper in the future.

·        Marc finds it surreal to know that their efforts are having a positive impact on people's lives.



[40:55 - 44:46] Quick Questions

·        Brag one about charity you like: The Kyle Pease Foundation.

·        What would get you more excited? Donating a $1 million check or spending a week physically helping others: Donating one million dollars. Marc aspires to do that one day.

·        Who inspires you with their giving? Jesse Itzler

·        Do you entrepreneurs should start including a giving component in their business from day one, or wait until they've seen some success and have some money in the bank? For Marc, it would be beautiful if early businesses could give from day one.

·        What is the first thing that you think of when you hear Go Big to Give Big: An abundant life, where you can do yourself.

·        In one word, describe the feeling you get when you give: Grateful.

·        Do you believe that money can buy you happiness: Money cannot buy you happiness. Yes. Marc believes that money can give you happiness as long as it gives you time and freedom.


[44:46 - 49:25] Closing Segment

·        Reach out to Marc

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·        Final words


Tweetable Quotes


"I want to have fun. I want to do work that's impactful. I want to make people's lives better. and I want to make money while doing so.” – Marc Hodulich 


"When in doubt, lean in.” – Marc Hodulich 




Connect with Marc by visiting 29029’s website at https://29029everesting.com/ or by following him on Instagram





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