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Small Axe Podcast

May 10, 2021

Today’s guest is Marques Ogden. In 2003 he was drafted into the NFL as an offensive lineman; after five years of playing in the league decided to retire and pursue a career in construction and contracting. At the age of 27, Marques founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises.

His company had fast growth, but eventually, he went bankrupt, losing almost two million dollars. During his darkest hours, he pulled himself together, with hard work and determination, to finally became an inspirational keynote speaker, executive coach, best-selling author, and marketing leader, helping to build the success of others.


Let’s listen to Marques to learn from his inspiring life story and reaching your goals in life.


[00:01 – 05:34] Opening Segment .

  • Marques’ struggles with drugs and alcohol.
  • Faithfulness during the darkest days.

[05:35 – 16:29] Taking Ownership and Responsibility For Your Life

  • Never get mesmerized by early success; doing that is the beginning of your downfall.
  • Managing your ego and not letting it get the best of you.
  • Write down your three biggest strengths. 
  • The inner drive to move forward.
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for what we do.

[16:30 – 28:40] The Bridge Between Goals And Accomplishments

  • Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
  • What makes Marques’s company different from others.
  • The importance of having a coach or a mentor.

[28:41 – 32:02] Closing segment

  • If your great-great grandkids are to write a book about you, how would you like it to be titled? 
    • Legacy Never Sleeps.
  • Connect with Marques
    • See the links below. 
  • Mastering 5 steps process [SALES]
    • Strong, Action-oriented, Layout Efficient Strategies.
    • People do business with who they like.
  • Final words from me.


Tweetable Quotes:

Never get mesmerized by early success; doing that is the beginning of your downfall.” –  Marques Ogden.

“Everything starts from within when you have the determination to say to yourself that you need to take ownership and responsibility of your life.” – Marques Ogden.

“A good coach helps you makes more money but also keeps you from losing what you currently have.” – Marques Ogden.


You can connect with Marques on LinkedIn. You check out his website at or shoot him an email to


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