In 2003, Marques was drafted into the NFL as an offensive lineman. After five years of playing in the league, he decided to retire and pursue a career in construction and contracting. At the age 27, Marques founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises which eventually gained him the coveted African American Subcontractor of the Year Award in the state of Maryland. Shortly thereafter adversity struck, his business now bankrupt, losing almost two million dollars on one project in a matter of 90 days.
During his darkest hours, he had not choice but to pull himself together. Swallowing his pride he took a part-time job as a custodian and with hard work and determination turned his life around, again. He eventually became an inspirational keynote speaker, executive coach, and now best-selling author. Through his dynamic story he has captivated audiences around the country, inspiring those who hear it to chase their own success.
On today’s episode Marques shares his long journey to success, going from a single scholarship offer from Howard University to being drafted into the NFL where only the best of the best are selected. As the injuries began piling up and he was no longer able to perform at the highest level it was time to transition to a new phase in life. When a seven-figure project his construction company was overseeing came crashing down, costing him everything in the process, it was then where his story of overcoming incredible adversity and accepting personal responsibility really begins.
Links & Resources
The Successful Mind Podcast on YouTube – Episode 315: Movers & Shakers w/ Marques Ogden
The Success Cycle: 3 Keys For Achieving Your Goals in Business and Life
More episodes on overcoming adversity and building your business from The Successful Mind Podcast:
Episode 065: Adversity is Your Gift
Episode 139: Personal Freedom or Personal Prison?
Episode 009 – Decidophobia – My Journey Into Self Improvement
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