Ashley Usiskin Overview
How do we encourage more people to accept help when it’s offered, and ask for help when it’s needed? That is the big question this week’s guest difference maker Ashley Usiskin is focused on answering.
With a successful career that spanned branding, marketing and start-ups across 4 countries, in early 2022 Ashley was diagnosed with lymphoma and a rare auto-immune hemolytic disease that required months of debilitating chemotherapy. This led to a life-changing and transformative experience; from being self-reliant and independent he was suddenly helpless requiring the help of others. This led to his realization that accepting help is a gift; since you give the chance for the help giver to experience joy, pride and the feel-good factor of supporting someone they care about.
Ashley is now on a mission to change our perceptions of asking for help; transforming help rejectors to help receivers. In doing so he aims to enable people to realize that accepting help has a life-changing impact not only on their own livelihood but also on those who offer them help.
He is now working to offer practical tools to change mindsets and motivate us all to ‘Help yourself by helping each other’.
02:10 Who is Ashley?
03:30 What made Ashley who he is?
07:10 Developing independence
08:30 His early creative ambitions
10:50 The value of Grey and BBH
13:35 What is Ashley working to achieve?
17:43 Recognizing the power of accepting help
18:55 His barriers to asking for help
21:16 Ashley’s mission to share his learnings
26:40 The Gift of help Podcast
29:10 Some tools explained
32:29 How serendipity led him to Simon Sinek
40:25 What ChatGPT says about barriers to asking for help
44:15 The evidence Ashley is witnessing
46:45 The impact on society in our meta crisis
50:00 The Japanese TV show
52:00 The changing corporate culture
53;10 Ashley’s ambition
55:27 The help Ashley is asking for?
57:58 Remaining resolute and resilient
59:57 Ashley’s gift or talent
01:02:46 The actions we can all take to create a help exchange