Marques Ogden, a former NFL athlete will be at the Transition Expo on Fort Bragg April 24-27, at the Iron Mike Center. Now a motivational speaker, he will be one out of many guests that will talk to Soldiers and their spouses about Transitioning out of the military into the corporate world.
“What I like to do is, I give my story as far as what I been through. I had a difficult time transitioning after the NFL. I talk about that openly, how I had alcoholic issues, pain killer issues, I am very upfront and honest and I tell people that I had a really tough time because I did not know what to do next,” said Marques Ogden motivational speaker.
“I have good teaching points, I have a transition plan that I talk about, I have things that you must possess when you are transitioning,” he said. “Like perseverance, patience, excellence, I talk about a lot of teaching tips that they can take away and use in their own light to be success.”
In addition to becoming a motivational speaker, he is also an entrepreneur and an author with his bestselling book called “Sleepless Nights—The NFL: A Business and Family.” He has worked for clients like JP Morgan, The Home Depot, NFL Player Engagement, and others.
During this three-day event, Ogden will not only tell his life story but will present tools that will help others with transitioning. From power points, to real life scenarios and strategies that Soldiers can use to become successful.
“It all starts off to what you are good at, knowing what skills that you possess. And once you figure that out you can begin to build your new life,” Ogden said. “That’s what comes to play in my opinion is figuring out what our skill sets, and strength are to start building on that as we transition into our future.”
This event is open to all military personnel of any branch and spouses are encouraged to attend as well. Transitioning can be difficult for some Soldiers, but it doesn’t have to be. Employers and successful individuals will be there to guide Soldiers on the right path to the corporate world.
“If I am able to keep one person from going down my path and I’m a truly happy person, I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I went through with my bankruptcy, cars repossessed,” he said. “If I can help one person avoid that I am truly happy.”