Growth, Success

Finding Success at Twenty: Jayden Martin’s Story

Here at AO1 Consulting, we have prioritized our intentions during these dark and uncertain times. Our focus is laser sharp and pointed directly at what matters most, our team. Businesses can be rebuilt, industries can move in waves, but a strong team must be protected at all costs. One of those influential team members who contributes daily to our strength & unity at AO1 Consulting is Jayden Martin.

Jayden Martin is a young entrepreneur who joined the AO1 team this year at the ripe age of twenty! A Langley, OK native, Martin ended up in this business through a stroke of luck. “I was studying nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma before finding this job,” says Martin, “I never thought I could be successful in the business world. As a child, I dreamt of becoming an astronaut. I’ve always had a fascination with the universe, planets, and stars.” After graduating from high school, Martin went on to play collegiate basketball at NEO A&M. “The original plan was to study in the nursing program at that school,” says Martin, “ultimately, I decided to move to Edmond and continue my education at UCO. My entire collegiate basketball experience taught me the art of discipline, time management, and the true meaning of adulting.”

What does a young entrepreneur, former athlete, and casual astronomer bring to the table in a business world? “My greatest skill in this game is a willingness to learn and grow,” says Martin, “I am proud of my ability to bring people together, build relationships, and maintain a strong work ethic as I advance towards my end goal. I’ve always had the mindset that you have to work hard to be successful; it doesn’t just happen.”

There is a strong tether between connecting entrepreneurs and athletes, and the reason for that is clear. The competitive spirit that is alive on the basketball court is just as present in this industry; it’s just hidden under a suit and tie. “I’m a very competitive person,” says Martin, “I played sports growing up, and the harder I worked, the better I got. Seeing is believing, and the results are what drove my competitive spirit.”

Not many can say they have achieved what Jayden Martin has at the young age of twenty. The leadership seeds that were planted in college have flourished into a successful career for the budding entrepreneur. “My career has grown tremendously since starting in the business,” says Martin, “I went from not knowing anything about the professional business world, to one day wanting to own my own business. There is still a lot of work to be done, so I am still learning, growing, and soaking in every bit of knowledge that I can every day.”

“Nothing is a challenge as long as you’re willing to meet it head-on with a great work ethic and attitude,” says Martin, “problem-solving is my favorite thing about this business, learning something new every day and how to perfect that obstacle.” A significant obstacle AO1 Consulting has faced, alongside our entrepreneurial brothers and sisters, is business in the days of a global pandemic. “I feel like COVID-19 has affected our business and my career for the better,” says Martin, “this time has allowed me to figure out what I want for my life and grow substantially in a short amount of time. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and develop by pursuing my new aspirations and dreams.”

Arguably the most important thing to bring into this business is an intrinsic sense of motivation. The most successful business leaders find their drive within themselves, not externally. “What motivates me is getting up in the morning and helping other people grow in the business as well,” says Martin, “with my driven nature, not only do I get to compete in sales, but I also get to teach people how to be great at what we do. In five years, I hope to have my own office, and happy, successful life. I want to travel the world, see different cultures, and experience unique things.”

It can be hard to know where to begin, especially in these uncertain times. The twenty-year-old entrepreneur knows exactly what it feels like to enter the workforce in fear, and his advice to recent grads is as follows. “My advice to future business leaders is to work hard,” says Martin, “with anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If you want a successful life for yourself, it’s not going to happen on its own. In whatever you do, do what makes you happy.”

“I have been reminded by the people in my life never to forget where I came from,” says Martin, “I can see the sacrifices that people have made for me in life, and I am appreciative. I am so inspired by my family and specifically my grandpa. He is the most genuine, helping, forgiving, loving man I’ve ever met. He is the person who brought me to God and showed me the man I one day strive to be in life.”