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May 9, 2023

In this special episode of The Main Thing, our show host Skip Lineberg switched microphones with entrepreneur Mark Burdette. As Mark interviewed Skip, they explored his journey of hacking wisdom over the past three and a half years. This show was recorded at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston, WV.


People know Mark Burdette as the voice of entrepreneurship in West Virginia. Whether it is coaching business owners one-on-one, in a group setting, or collaborating with business and community leaders to help them develop and grow, an entrepreneurship ecosystem is what drives Mark.


Mark Burdette is a gifted connector and a devoted, generous ‘people person’ whose  hobbies include photography, media, technology, sports and podcasting. He presently serves as Program Coordinator of West Virginia Business Link.


From Skip’s lifelong attraction to wise people to his recent interview with Tom Peters, this episode is a testament to the transformative power of wisdom, mentors, purpose, and faith. Listen in as they discuss Skip’s experience at a retreat with Tom Peters where he asked, "What did God put you on this earth to do?" This question prompted self-reflection that helped Skip identify and articulate his life's purpose for the first time. They discuss how taking the time to reflect on these themes can make a significant impact on our personal and professional lives. 

Join the duo in exploring the concept of living a good life by pursuing purpose with strong faith.



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[0:00:00] - Hacking Wisdom

Skip and Mark discuss hacking wisdom, time, wise people, technology, and entrepreneurship.


[0:05:55] - Tom Peters' Impact on Entrepreneurship and Skip's Career

Tom Peters' book, In Search of Excellence, has shaped business principles and impacted the host's life journey from 1982 to 2004.


[0:19:22] - Discovering Life's Purpose With Tom Peters

Tom Peters facilitated self-reflection to identify life's purpose, including a life-shaping summit in Tom’s hometown of Bennington, Vermont in Winter 2004.


[0:28:19] - The Last Interview With Tom Peters

Skip connected with Tom Peters, discussing his roots, career triumphs, shared Baltimore roots and - of course - his Main Thing. Who knew it would be Tom's final media appearance?


[0:37:33] - Living With Purpose and Faith

We reflect on living a good life, purpose, faith, reflection, Tom Peters' wisdom, and hacking wisdom.