What’s next? A speaking career

Coach Potter

He’s retiring from Newman, but Mark Potter isn’t done working.

The longtime coach and his wife, Nanette, are planning a public speaking business where he’ll share his story about his own fight with severe depression, which he hopes will inspire and help others.

The Potters say they have started a company named D2UP, which stands for Dedicated to Uncommon Principles.

Potter said that he and his wife came up with the business idea before he decided to retire from Newman..

He said he looks forward to the new chapter in his life and hopes to make a difference in someone else’s life. He said his love for public speaking came after his fight with severe depression 11 years ago.

“When I was in the midst of the spiraling out of control depression, my doctor said, ‘You have to stay home until we get this thing fixed,’” Potter said. “He put me on medication and counseling.”

Potter said that because he grew up in an era when people did not openly speak about mental illness, it was that much harder to talk about it when he faced it.

After the medication started kicking in and he began to get better, Potter said he realized that telling his own story could impact others.

Since then, Potter has made it his mission to tell his story to get people confident enough to go get the help they need.

“That’s why we see people taking their lives,” Potter said. “That’s why we see the level of mental illness really in our world.”

Potter said that as part of his new business, he will speak about motivation and mental toughness, but he will always tie in his personal fight with depression.

“I’ll always mention what I went through,” Potter said. “I’m always going to make that statement because there’s going to be someone sitting in there it will touch, I can promise you.”

This story first appeared in the February 23rd, 2017 issue of The Vantage