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Success Spotlight with Blake Pinsker: Director of Marketing at MVMT Watches
Blake graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Marketing. He has since helped MVMT Watches become one of the fastest growing watch brands in the e-commerce space with savvy social media strategy and data driven decision making.
How would you define success?
To me success is about growth. If you are continuously working to better yourself you will always find success. I’ve learned to embrace being uncomfortable because I know that’s the only way I will grow. The second I start feeling complacent I know I am not working hard enough. Success is not quitting when facing adversity; to challenge yourself knowing that win or lose you will grow from it.
What is the biggest lesson you've learned working as Director or Marketing?
The biggest thing I’ve learned thus far is to trust your team. Everything we do is collaborative. We empower one another to share ideas and we also hold one another accountable. We’ve all learned to put personal preference aside to make data driven decisions. It’s allowed us to grow at an accelerated rate.
What is your dream?
My dream is to find what I love and become the best at it. I feel very fortunate to have a career that I love and to be in an industry that I love at such a young age. I have had jobs in the past that were miserable experiences. So working for something I can get fired up and passionate about every day is a dream. The next step is becoming the best at it.
What made you decide you wanted to leave the real estate industry and join the MVMT team?
Everything was so cut and dried. I felt like my creative mind was shackled. There was no room to innovate at my position. And it sucked the life out of me. When I started working with MVMT it gave me the creative outlet I had been yearning for.
At past jobs it seemed everyone came to work in a bad mood, even the most successful people. You’re conditioned to think that is the norm, and most people accept it. But that was not a life I intended to live. When you are working towards a common goal with everyone in your company, you love every second of it.
I started working in real estate after countless people told me a career in marketing did not have a lot of potential. I realized those people had no idea what they were talking about. The ecommerce boom has created a world of opportunity that the average person has not caught on to.
What have you done and what do you plan to do to achieve your goals?
So far the best thing I have done to achieve my goals is stay committed. There have been countless times where I felt lost or ready to give up. But when you are persistent things will eventually fall into place. I’m not the smartest kid in the world. I never felt I had any sort of advantage in anything really. So I knew I had to outwork everyone else to reach my goals. I found that most people give up way too easily.
What is your biggest failure and how have you grown from it?
I’d say my biggest failure is not working hard at music. I developed a love for it early in college and wanted to pursue it. Everyone told me I couldn’t and it was a stupid idea. And I listened. Looking back now I really think with hard work I could have proved everyone including myself wrong. But I was scared to fail. So I just convinced myself it wasn’t possible.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received was from Mark Cuban’s book “How To Win At the Sport of Business”. I read this book at a time in my life where I was miserable with my career choice and really had no direction with where I wanted to go in life. I knew what I was passionate about but I didn’t know where to start. In the book, Mark talks about how your 20’s should be all about finding what you love. He said you should never stick in a job you are not passionate about; try as many different jobs as possible until one sticks. I took that advice to heart and became aggressive in pursuit of a career I could get fired up about. I think often times people are scared to give up a steady job to try something new even though they are miserable. Once you free yourself from that complacent mindset and find what you love there is no better feeling.
You can connect with Blake here:
Blake Pinsker LinkedIn
Blake Pinsker Instagram
MVMT Watches Instagram
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