The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

Mark Pattison was catching touchdown passes in the last minutes of games to stadiums of 100,000 plus thousand people. Playing football at a high level taught him how to think big and step into fear. When his NFL career ended, what was next? It’s not easy to leave a job and identity like that. After a pivot to what became a successful marketing and import, export business - Mark Pattison decided that how things looked from the outside mattered less than how he felt on the inside. He wanted to truly follow his passion for the mountains. Here is where his Seven Summits mission began, to attempt to be the first NFL player to successfully hike the tallest mountain on each continent. Today he is 6 mountains in. He was preparing to summit Everest this summer, but just like many of us, COVID-19 changed his plans . But he still knows preparation means opportunity! 


  1. Shift your internal questions
  2. Be goal oriented
  3. Adjust, adapt, change and pivot 
  4. You can’t control mother nature 
  5. Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness 
  6. Preparation means opportunity 
  7. Be authentic and true to what your going after 
  8. Step into your fear 
  9. Love the process 
  10. Fail to plan, plan to fail 
  11. Train, train, train 
  12. Hone your nutrition
  13. Always go after your dreams, never give up  





1:38 Interview begins with a bear through his race 

3:00 Playing in the NFL 

6:00 Going off the cliff 

7:30 Rechanneling energy towards business 

10:00 Shifting your questions 

10:49 Adjust, adapt & pivot 

11:40 the Seven Summits mission begins 

13:30 Finding a mentor, mapping it out & flying to Africa 

15:00 Challenges, tragedies and joys of the many summits

16:20 Denali 

19:00 Greatest strength is also greatest weakness 

23:00 Antarctica 

24:30 His why. Step into your fear. 

25:30 Loving the process 

27:40 Summitt Fever 

28:50 Fail to plan, plan to fail 

29:40 Seven summits smoothie 

31:08 What’s next - The South Pacific & the highest point in every state 

34:50 Sefra & Joe talk about how you play to level of those with you in the room 

36:50 Push to exhaustion 

38:22 “Getting to the top is optional getting down is mandatory!” 

39:00 Let us know what your Seven Summits are! 



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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra & Dr. Johnny Waite 

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Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress 

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty


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