I have tried to be as honest as possible. I am sure with different years I would have some different answers but for the most part, in rereading these, they ring pretty true and consistent over the years.
1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
At about 12 years old I washed, scrubbed, waxed kitchen floors. First for a few family friends and then word spread. This was during a time when you would actually apply wax to the floor and use a buffer for a high gloss shine. What I should have learned, but did not, was that people are willing to pay good money for things they can do, but prefer not to.
2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?
15 years. In moving to Idaho, from California, I changed my career field to Real Estate. Little did I know it was but months away from being one tough decision to have made in 2007. Even with the tough times I managed to get my brokers license in less than 3 years.
3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?
There is little I can think of. Although relating to question #2. I NEVER again want to loose as much as I lost during the great recession. Move from paycheck to paycheck with bill collectors being every other phone call, and sometimes knocks on the door. I fight that single fear constantly, and to battle it, I work daily on trying to be a better me and taking complete responsibility for any of my actions.
4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
Would not some of the fun be taken out of trying something new if you KNEW you would not fail. Is not the greatest gratification in having successfully traveled a tough road to your destination?
5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change? Procrastination is something I have had since a kid. Recent years I have been successful in moving the needle away from the red line. Still not to the green yet but oh so much better.
6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)
I am a Steak and Baked Potato man (smother it with sour cream-butter-chives). Top Sirloin being my steak of choice. Large bowl of ice cream mixed (literally mixed - not to drink on the side) with either milk, or soda pop, to round it out!
7. What is something you wish you’d done?
I think we all look back on 'Y's in our road and the path we chose, or did not. I will often look back and wonder where my life would have lead if I had not sat back down, after having stood up when a Navy instructor asked who might entertain being a seal. He simply stated I was too small. lol - failed my first test. I often wonder where I would be now had I not sat down. No regrets, only curiosity.
8. Who has been most influential in your life?
I have been fortunate in my life to have had someone, a mentor of such, with every stage of my life. Starting with Mom, a rock of a woman, to paving supervisor, ski resort leader, RE coach-friend-example.
9. What are your favorite business-related books?
'Extreme Ownership' 'Compound Effect' 'The One Thing'
10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?
'Hobbit & The Trilogy' 'Jack Reacher' 'John Sandford "PREY" series and "FLOWERs" series'. I have always enjoyed fantasy with dragons, sorcerers, elves, and the like, so yes include 'Harry Potter'
11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
I have enjoyed the movies since a kid so 5 top is tough. 'The Last Samurai' 'The Great Escape' 'Quigley Down Under' 'Bite the Bullet' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off '
12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?
One has to visit Schweitzer Ski Resort. No matter the season, the views to Sandpoint, Lake Pend Oreille, and surrounding areas is nothing short of spectacular. And that is but a bonus to any of the seasonal activities that may be going on.
13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?
Trinity's at the Beach. A wonderful setting at Sandpoint's Windbag Marina overlooking Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains stretching beyond Hope Idaho. The food fantastic with floor to ceiling windows, or enjoy the outdoor seating. A special memory for any who have enjoyed.
14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?
Always be prepared for wildlife that may be crossing the road. This can include Moose, deer, bear, and of course turkeys. Wonderful to see but all can cause havoc on the roads.
15. Do you have any special talents?
Not that I am aware of to this point...
16 Do you have any quirks?
I absolutely hate a 5 minute fluff answer to a simple yes or no question. lol Guess that is a quirk.
17. What is your best character trait?
Persistence, in my opinion. Some call it Stubborn.
18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?
I got stuck, by myself, in some huge surf at the Newport Beach Wedge while body surfing. 15 foot plus. Spent minimum 30 minutes swimming to dive under what I thought could be my last wave ever seen. When I finally caught a wave in towards shore it was my last day of body surfing. I was shaken to the core.
19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Read or watch a Movie
20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?
My worldly experiences rather limited. With so much to see right here in the USA I have always preferred keep my travels here.
21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?
Terribly Shy ! Found that people read that wrong, and I worked hard not to show it. At times feel myself wanting to slip into it again, normally when around crowds. I have to make a focused effort to fight it off.
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Mark Don McInnes
Broker - REALTOR®
Sandpoint Realty LLC
1205 Highway 2
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864