055: Why I Gave Up My Six Figure Salary with Mark Asquith

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Mark Asquith, Podcaster, global keynote speaker and co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected.

Here’s what Travis and Mark discuss in this episode:

  • About Mark Asquith
    • Self-described perennial geek.
    • Used to own a digital agency and has been involved in the startup world.
    • Now he leads a podcast to help people in the service industries.
      • Wants to teach them how to productize their time through Excellence Expected.
    • In high school he was a non-descript band guy.
    • Before he quit his job, he was working in corporate.
      • He hated his job even though he was making good money with a good team.
      • He would always leave before he got fired because he was unfulfilled.
    • Got out of corporate in March 2005, he quit the same day he showed up.
      • He hated doing the same thing every day.
    • He worked for his dad for a couple of months as an electrician and learned about freedom.
    • In May of 2005, he got into a freelance contract for the National Health Service in the U.K.
      • He went from 20k a year as a permanent employee and jumped up to 130k as a freelancer.
        • Did this for a couple of years and at times earned 200k a year, but it was boring, so he quit.
      • The problem wasn’t the money, it was the lack of control and fulfillment.
    • He knows the exact event that caused him to not be fulfilled with work he found boring.
      • In 1991, he was at his last school dance with his close friends.
      • After an hour he was in line for a hot dog next to a girl he had a crush on.
      • He didn’t have the money to buy the hot dog and he had to give it back.
        • He was humiliated and embarrassed.
        • That’s the moment that put him onto the path of being an entrepreneur
        • He will always drive himself to do more, he doesn’t want someone to control what he can and can’t do.
      • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important and why?
        • Both are equally important.
        • The what you know will never go anywhere unless you treat people with respect and help them.
        • The people that you know can’t help them unless you know what you’re talking about.
          • You’ve got to be good at what you do and find your own people.
        • A time when a connection led to a moment of success:
          • He asked a few connections to start a podcast together and now it employs 10 people.
          • He was chosen to speak at different conferences due to his relationships.
        • Why do you think that so many people don’t network?
          • Because it’s hard.
          • It’s not easy to think that you might do something because someone else helps you.
          • Most people are lazy, they just want quick wins.
          • We’re being sold quick wins by every book we see, and it’s rubbish.
        • Advice for introverts
          • Mark is an introvert.
          • Everyone will support you, you’ve just got to be decent.
          • No one gets different treatment from Mark, he gives the same level of high respect and friendship.
          • You never know when someone or someone they know can be the exact person you’ve always needed.
        • The Random Round
          • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
            • A comic superhero movie writer
          • If you could sit on a park bench for any hour with anyone past or present, who would it be?
            • His grand dad.
          • How do you like to learn best, books, blogs, podcasts or video?
            • Depends on what it is: technical stuff – videos, more passive stuff – podcasts
          • Favorite podcasts?
            • Revisionist history
          • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine:
            • Get up, drink a lot of water
            • Try to do some reading
            • Do some planning
            • Go to work
          • What is your go-to pump up song:
            • Elmo’s Fire
          • What are you not very good at?
            • Delegating
          • Excellence-expected.com click on free coaching tab and get coaching for free.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “We’re being sold quick wins by every book we see, and it’s rubbish.”

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.com – Podcast website

Excellence-expected.com – Mark’s website

Revisionist History – Mark’s favorite podcast

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