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Marek Biernacinski

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Name: Marek Biernacinski
Occupation: Founder of Words by a Pro
Location: Las Vegas
Originally from: Warsaw, Poland
Website: www.wordsbyapro.com

Marek headshotBorn in Warsaw, Poland, Marek and his parents traveled to the United States via Germany in 1985 to escape communist rule and seek a better life. Marek grew up in Pleasanton, Calif., and attended the University of California, Davis and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He co-founded Words by a Pro as  Edited by a Pro in 2010 to fulfill an inherent need to edit everything in sight. The company’s services quickly expanded from editing to include writing, consulting and translating, and the name was changed to Words by a Pro in 2013. With Marek at the helm, Words by a Pro today serves as an outsourced writing and editing company primarily for Web programmers, marketing/public relations firms and SEO companies. Marek is bilingual (fluent in English and Polish).

I met Marek in 2004 in a news editing class at UNLV.  He asked me out on the second day of class, and we’ve been together ever since. Marek’s story is one of  earnestness and hard work.

What makes Marek tick? See below.

Melissa

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1. What is your passion and how did you discover it? That’s a good question, and one for which some never find an answer. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones, in that I think I’m beginning to understand what my passion is. While I don’t have a clear direction yet, I know that it lies in building a business of my own and freeing myself from relying on others. Ever since branching off to start Edited by a Pro (now Words by a Pro), I’ve felt an excitement I’ve never experienced before. Waking up is a pleasure, and the more work there is to be done, the more excited I get, because I know it’s come about thanks to my efforts. Nobody has “given” me that work; I helped create it. This, in turn, means I can bring work to others. Working for someone else limits my ability to help others. I only get 24 hours in a day, and a limited amount of financial resources. But by creating my own income source, my financial resources are limited only by my imagination and dedication to my business, whereas my time can also be exponentially increased by leveraging others to work for me. Just think of the amazing things the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been able to do. They’ve leveraged tens of thousands of people to dedicate more time and money to multiple causes than they could ever do on their own. That’s the power of creating your own source of resources via a business, and that’s my passion; developing a means to help others without being constrained.

2. What defines you? In many ways, my family defines me. Family is very important to me, something which I get from my father. He’s, what I would call, an old-school family man. He’s the type that would drop everything to help family, even at his expense. While I don’t live up to the kinds of sacrifices he’s made in life, I’ve made plenty of mine own – and it was worth it.

Though we’re surrounded by people, we often find that we’re alone in the world, with only our family to turn to. It’s vital, then, that we cherish this bond and act to strengthen it at all costs. Family is limited to a select number of people. Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to find friends or significant others dedicated enough to us that they can also be brought into that family circle, and sometimes we have the misfortune of a falling out. But, for the most part, family is static, and we need to look out for one another.

3. What’s the greatest gift (material or otherwise) you’ve been given? My health.

4. What would you like your legacy to be? The most important thing to me is to live a life of meaning, which I believe is brought about by three things: finding out what values are important to you and exemplifying them; making friends and family feel like they’re the most important people in the world (because they are); and, leaving the world a better place than you found it. If, when I die, others can honestly say that I stayed true to these three ideals, I will have lived a life of meaning.

5. As Scott Ginsberg asks in “Get them to come to you” If everybody did exactly what you said, what would the world look like? Like pandemonium. I’m as flawed as the next person, so not having checks and balances via other people would, I’m sure, lead to chaos. Diversity is one of humanity’s treasures, and I would never want that given up. That being said, I would enjoy the opportunity of infusing some folks out there with more tolerance than they currently possess.

6. What’s your favorite thing about your community/country? I may be biased having been a journalism (well, communications, technically) major, but the freedoms granted by the first amendment are among my most cherished aspects of this country. Through all the controversies and issues Americans face daily, the rights granted by the first amendment have remained intact for all intents and purposes, and we should foster an environment that continues — or betters — these rights over time. I strongly believe that these freedoms are the gatekeepers to all other rights, and should they fall, it opens society up to the grim reality of losing any and all other rights it enjoys.

7. How has your community/country influenced your life? Created opportunities or challenges for you? In the U.S., people have access to second chances, which is not always the case in other countries.

8. What is the biggest challenge facing your community? A big challenge I see coming is a fragmentation of interests that will lead to barriers between communities. What started with entertainment has now spread into the way people receive their news — niche fragmentation and isolation. People vary with their views of the world, and it was once thought that the Internet would help foster a greater understanding between people because it would expose them to more ideas, cultures and ways of thinking. However, while that may be the case in some instances, in many other ways it has had the opposite effect. Many people choose to get their information only from sources that align with their inherent beliefs. Some will argue this is merely getting information from sources they can trust, but I think it’s simply pack mentality gone global. Political views are a great example. When politicians make bogus claims, you would think those statements would quickly be refuted and the public would demand a correction. Instead, those who want to believe it do, and those who don’t, won’t. Seldom will those who believe in the same political ideology seek sources that argue against their views. But why? Educating oneself about what others think is how we mature our own viewpoints. It helps us better understand what others want, can help us form more valid arguments, or can even sway our views from our original stance. Instead, many choose to stay in the dark, and the irony is, they think they’re being enlightened.

9. What’s your favorite place in the world? Why? Home with family. There’s no other place like it, and when it comes down to it, it’s the only place I yearn for in times of need and comfort.

 

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Written by Melissa

February 5, 2014 at 4:47 am