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Mark Burnett Quotes

If you want to be certain, you should never get married. You should never change jobs. In fact, you might as well just stay home. Because I don’t know anybody who is certain. That need to be certain is just procrastination.
Mark Burnett
Change, Home, Fact

I’ve always liked adventure television. Pre-‘Survivor,’ I did a series on cable called ‘Eco-Challenge,’ an adventure race with experts mainly, and here we have ‘Expedition Impossible.’ I like the outdoors and I like doing something fresh for television you haven’t seen before.
Mark Burnett
Here, Impossible, Seen

The best person to get something done is a busy person.
Mark Burnett
Best, Busy

I learned firsthand that there would simply be no wars if people engaged in real conversation.
Mark Burnett
Learned, Simply, Wars

In Botswana in the Kalahari Desert there’s a tented camp called Jack’s Camp, which is like old Africa meets Ralph Lauren. The Oriental rugs, the old leather chairs – you feel like you’ve just jumped out of a Ralph Lauren ad.
Mark Burnett
Old, Africa, Desert

You’ve heard the saying, ‘Analysis creates paralysis.’ You can’t be 100 percent sure of anything.
Mark Burnett
Saying, Sure, Percent

When I see someone in a military uniform I make it a point to approach them, shake their hand and say five words… ‘thank you for your service.’ ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ is a high energy, fun, action show, but at its heart it is all about those five words.
Mark Burnett
Heart, Fun, Words

My kids – even though it’s a family business – they don’t even know what day or time ‘Survivor’ is even on. They just know it’s on TiVo.
Mark Burnett
Time, Family, Business

The world is changing, and the Internet is about to become the next broadcast network.
Mark Burnett
Next, Internet, Changing

So many people wanted an adventure. It was really more about finding the cast that I wanted for ‘Expedition Impossible,’ so it had good diversity, and people could really say, ‘Oh, there’s the firefighters, there’s the team of cops, there’s the grandpa’ – so that you can really relate with them.
Mark Burnett
Good, Impossible, Team

I look at decisions like – it’s like an Indiana Jones movie. The guy comes to a rope ladder, and he’s being chased. There’s uncertainty on the other side, but he knows when he gets to the other side, he’s going to take his machete and cut the rope ladder behind him. He has no retreat.
Mark Burnett
Guy, Knows, Movie

In Europe and Australia, there is something called the Tall Poppy Syndrome: People like to cut the tall poppies. They don’t want you to succeed, and they cut you down – especially people from your own social class.
Mark Burnett
Social, Succeed, Class

How many times have you been out for a beer or dinner and people are coming up with business ideas? Everybody wants to think they’ve got that great business idea.
Mark Burnett
Great, Business, Times

I heard my name associated with the Peter Pan syndrome more than once. But really, what’s so wrong with Peter Pan? Peter Pan flies. He is a metaphor for dreams and faith.
Mark Burnett
Dreams, Faith, Once

‘Content is King,’ and with more screens needing entertaining content now than at any time in history, that statement is truer than ever.
Mark Burnett
Time, History, King

My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it. That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.
Mark Burnett
Time, Mean, Accept

We celebrate the Bill Gateses of the world. We’re not mad at Bill Gates.
Mark Burnett
Mad, Celebrate, Bill

I found a nanny/child care position in Beverly Hills taking care of a 3-year-old and a 17-year-old. They had a large, wealthy house. I learned that I liked the way rich people lived. I learned that they were not smarter than me.
Mark Burnett
Care, Learned, Found

America is the most giving nation on Earth. One of the best ways to feel better is by doing something for somebody else.
Mark Burnett
Best, America, Giving

I needed to be in the bush. There I find solitude and beauty and purity and focus. That’s where my heart lies.
Mark Burnett
Beauty, Heart, Focus

I’m not at all overextended… I’m very, very hands-on.
Mark Burnett

I’m the kind of person who if I was playing the role of someone who got shot, I’d probably want to get shot so I knew what it felt like.
Mark Burnett
Playing, Felt, Knew

There are screens at the gas station, there are screens at the shopping mall. And they all need content.
Mark Burnett
Content, Shopping, Gas

‘Survivor’ wouldn’t have happened had I not gone out there and helped CBS to sell sponsors to finance the first one. Part of my thinking on ‘Survivor’ was that it should have rewards that are corporate brands. A Big Mac, one thimble-full of Coca-Cola.
Mark Burnett
Finance, Thinking, Gone

Every show on television has a downward trend because there are so many more things to watch. You can only deal with what is the benchmark of a hit series and ‘Survivor’ clearly remains a hit series.
Mark Burnett
Television, Watch, Deal

I honestly think that in five years time, television will be watched on computer screens anyway and you’ll be doing multiple things. You’ll be ‘IMing’ while you’re watching a show and checking the news.
Mark Burnett
Time, While, Television

I learned in America that Americans are into results. Americans don’t care where you came from, what your family did, what school you graduated from. They care about if you can deliver the results. That’s what makes America the country it is.
Mark Burnett
Family, Care, America

I very much like Kenya. It’s hard to beat the Masai Mara and the idea of ballooning across it. I have a great time at Lewa. There’s more rhinos than you’ll find anywhere. A great part for the children is you can ride horses with the giraffes and the zebra.
Mark Burnett
Time, Great, Children

In my teens, I joined the Parachute Regiment. I jumped out of lots of airplanes, as much as the Government budget would allow us to. I did two active tours of duty: Northern Ireland, and then the Falklands war.
Mark Burnett
War, Government, Duty

Singing shows are fun. Every viewer has their own opinion. We all know whether we think a voice sounds good or not. There’s a play-along element. All these shows can be supported.
Mark Burnett
Good, Fun, Whether

The way I see it, more people are wired with broadband from 9 to 5 during the day than watch TV at night. So therefore isn’t the real prime time 9 to 5? Playing games at your desk – that’s the new prime time, isn’t it?
Mark Burnett
Time, Night, Playing

Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey. All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors.
Mark Burnett
Movies, Tell, Whether

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