Defining Success: Mark Krassner


Mark Krassner is the founder and CEO of Expectful, a platform that makes it easy for new and expectant moms to meditate. The company began as tribute to his mom who struggled with anxiety during pregnancy and throughout his early years.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark also co-founded Food for Thought Philippines, a not-for-profit that serves over 80,000 lunches to underserved elementary school children each year, and founded Knee Walker Central, a company that manufactures and distributes a niche medical mobility device in the US.

How do you define success?

Someone who's living on their own terms and at a high level in all the important areas of life:

  • Family / friends / relationships

  • Health / fitness

  • Career fulfillment / purpose

  • Finances

  • Contribution

  • Spiritual connection

  • Fun / adventure

I know so many people who are extremely successful in one or two areas, but are lacking in another. For example, the guy that’s super successful at business, but has terrible relationships and not much fun and adventure. Or the person who's in great shape, but doesn’t have their finances or career together. It’s so rare to see someone operating with all of these things at a high level.

How do you measure your own success?

There are some times in life when I’d be perfectly content to die, because I was grabbing life by the balls, and living in total congruency. That’s when I’m being successful.

How does success feel?


When was the last time you felt successful? What happened?

A friend called me with a problem last night, and I listened to him speak and showed him love for about an hour.

How do you celebrate your success?

With a quiet sense of satisfaction. I think I could be better at rewarding myself.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to be successful?

Always give more than you get and don’t keep score.  

Success is a skill that can be learned. Read a ton books and pay attention to people who have achieved what you want to.