active CEO Podcast #29 Brent Clayton Richest Kid In The Playground

Brent Clayton – Firefighter, CEO Fire Recruitment Australia & Authority Marketing Machine

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Brent Clayton about being a serial entrepreneur; turning adversity into opportunity; the determination to become a firefighter; and balancing democratic and autocratic leadership.

We also delve into learning discipline from the military; understanding the intricacies of a job; what it takes to be a firefighter; and the backstory of his businesses Fire Recruitment Australia and Authority Marketing Machine.


Brent Clayton is an active firefighter, author, coach, mentor and serial entrepreneur. He is a top Aussie bloke who has a passion for serving the community, helping people realise their dream of serving their country, and is in training to be on the front cover of the Australian Firefighters calendar in 2020.

A man of true resilience, who overcame failure to rise up and live his dream of being a firefighter. He turned the harsh lessons learnt of failing to meet his goals into being a highly successful entrepreneur with his company, Fire Recruitment Australia, a coaching and training platform for would-be firefighters.

He currently works as a senior station officer in Australia as well as running his own businesses. Before becoming a firefighter he was a prison guard and worked in the military prior to that.

Not one to sit still, he has just launched a new business called Authority Marketing Machine, and was once a star on Channel Ten’s, It’s a Knockout TV Game Show.

Brent talks about:

  • Commencing his entrepreneurial journey as a child delivering newspapers.
  • Being the richest kid in the playground.
  • Dreams of being a helicopter pilot.
  • The importance of learning about a job and its intricacies.
  • Incorporate serving your community or nation into the education system.
  • Dealing with conflict resolution as a prison guard.
  • Coping with being denied before being accepted into the fire service.
  • Monetizing the recruitment process and skills required to be a firefighter or policeman, by writing a book.
  • The five components of the recruitment process.
  • What the key characteristics are to being a firefighter.
  • Understanding what risks there are, how you can rectify the situation and what resources are required.
  • Your mind is clear to start looking for the anomalies.
  • Having a very structured routine around fitness, meditation and nutrition.
  • Routines make you free, because you don’t have to think about anything.
  • It’s only risky if you don’t know what you are doing.
  • Democratic versus autocratic leadership
  • What makes coaching and mentoring fulfilling?
  • The background behind the Authority Marketing Machine
  • The fitness routine of the firefighter.
  • Booking a flight in a fighter jet with a mate.
  • Solving the smartphone epidemic

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“If there is one thing you do, don’t get caught around the smoko table whinging, go do something constructive”. The best advice Brent Clayton received, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Understanding that the idea of something is not always enough to get what you want.” A lesson in growing up, with Brent Clayton, on the active CEO Podcast.

“When the alarm goes off, you get up. It’s not a conversation with yourself about whether you are going to get up.” Discussing discipline with Brent Clayton, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Fire Recruitment Australia
Fire Recruitment Australia Facebook
Fire Recruitment Australia Podcast
Brent Clayton
Brent Clayton LinkedIn
Brent Clayton Youtube
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole Performance Coaching

Recommended Reading:

Fire Service Recruitment – The Process to Success Link
Better Than Winning – Ben Gathercole Link