Hustle & Motivate

Hustle & Motivate

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Shedding light on real-life underdog stories that don’t always get national attention. Guests share their tales of overcoming adversity in raw and honest conversations. Brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.


World Series Chronology with Sal Tartaglia
Dec 4 • 40 min
Sal Tartaglia is the author of World Series Chronology: Compare, Contrast, & Coordinate The Champions. In our conversation, he discusses the arduous self-publishing process, and the various creative marketing tactics he’s using to promote his book. SHOW…
Turning Adversity Into an Advantage with Randy Ginsburg
Nov 20 • 41 min
Randy Ginsburg is the author of Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success. Featured in major publications like Inc. and Newsweek, the book explores the stories of highly successful entrepreneurs who have used the…
Why Suicide is The Secret to My Success with Frank King
Nov 6 • 59 min
Frank King spent 20 years as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno before sharing his story of what was really going on behind the scenes. In 2014, Frank came out as depressed and suicidal in his very first TED Talk. Since then, he’s become known as…
From 34% Body Fat to 11% and The Underdog Mentality with Henry Duncan
Oct 16 • 35 min
Henry Duncan is a contributing writer at Joker Mag. In our conversation, Henry shares his deeply personal journey from 34% body fat to 11%, battling depression, and how the underdog mentality continues to shape his life. SHOW NOTES [7:27] Harsh truths…
Igniting Your Brand with Firestarter CEO Frances Reimers
Oct 2 • 45 min
Frances Reimers is the CEO of Firestarter, a personal branding firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Every day, Frances helps athletes, coaches, and sports executives across the nation to develop, manage, enhance, and protect a key professional asset: their…
Welcome to Hustle & Motivate
Sep 24 • 1 min
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The NFL Playbook to Winning (in Life & Business) with Shawn Harper
Sep 18 • 37 min
Shawn Harper is a former NFL offensive lineman who played a total of seven seasons with the Rams, Colts, Oilers, and NFL Europe. He’s also the CEO of a multi-million-dollar security services firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. But before he was blocking…
Escaping Gang Life & Transcending The Past with Raymond Power
Sep 11 • 23 min
Raymond Power is an actor and writer. He’s appeared in eight films and is also a college student with several honors under his belt, including the 2019 DREAM Scholar Award. As a teenager, he joined a gang and served time in prison after getting shot four…
Hosting a Podcast Celebrating Underdogs & Role Players with Tim Flattery
Sep 4 • 24 min
Tim Flattery is the host of The Moonlight Graham Show, a podcast celebrating the role player, underdog, and the great stories in sports. With 116 episodes and counting, the aptly named show features guests ranging from a Paralympic gold medalist to an NFL…
Papa Joe DeMaio is a Vietnam Veteran Living His Dream as a Musician
Aug 28 • 22 min
Papa Joe DeMaio is a singer, songwriter, actor, and speaker. A Vietnam veteran, he’s battled PTSD and addiction on the way to living his dream. Joe and has toured with the likes of Eddie Money, Pat Travers, Randy Jackson (Zebra), and many other legendary…
Selling Everything & Moving to Hollywood with Kevin Caliber
Aug 21 • 52 min
Kevin Caliber is a Hollywood actor, filmmaker, and fitness model. A Marine veteran, Kevin is known for his work on the Hulu series Future Man as well as Supergirl and The Haves and the Have Nots. Since taking the leap of faith and moving to Hollywood at…
From Homeless Teen to Young Australian of The Year with Zack Bryers
Aug 14 • 34 min
Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, and a football player for Australia in the IFAF World Championship in Canton, Ohio. In 2018, he was named ACT Young Australian of the Year for his work with at-risk youth. Today, he’s…
Taking Over Las Vegas with VIP Host Manny Kess
Aug 7 • 40 min
Manny Kess is the founder & CEO of The Kess Group, a full service concierge company based out of Las Vegas. His clientele includes A-List celebrities and superstar athletes such as Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller, Jarvis Landry, Travis Kelce, Stefon Diggs,…
Building an International Sports Agency with Brittany Gilman
Jul 24 • 47 min
Brittany Gilman spent the better part of her early life as an athlete. From skiing at 2-years-old, to snowboarding professionally, to strength training, she was always driven to be the best. But after an internship turned out to be a waste of time,…
Persevere Past Your Paralysis with Dr. James Perdue
Jul 17 • 34 min
James Perdue always dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. He had the attitude of being invincible and that nothing could stop him. Going to college on a baseball scholarship, the dream felt closer than ever. But just two weeks in, everything…
Comeback From a Heart Attack with Comedian & Actor Brian T Shirley
Jul 10 • 38 min
Brian T Shirley is a comedian and actor who’s toured the US, Canada, Japan, and The Bahamas for over 25 years. As an actor, he’s appeared in various short films, commercials, music videos, and even series on Amazon and Netflix! But on September 11th of…
Overcoming My Fear of Stuttering with LeRon L. Barton
Jul 3 • 23 min
LeRon L. Barton has been a life long stutterer who was teased, afraid to speak, and often stayed silent in social situations. Refusing to let his speech impediment stop him from living his life, LeRon turned it into energy that’s allowed him to appear on…
28 Years of Surgeries & 2 Visits to Heaven with Jeanne Enstad
Jun 26 • 38 min
I can’t even begin to imagine going through what Jeanne Enstad has: 28 years of major surgeries, 4 open hearts, cancer twice, gangrene in both her legs, a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler, and 2 visits to heaven. By the end of it, she came out with…
Jim “The Rookie” Morris on Living Your Dreams
Jun 19 • 23 min
In just three months, 35-year-old Jim Morris went from high school science teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher. He captured the hearts of the nation when Disney turned his story into the feature film, “The Rookie”, starring Dennis Quaid. Jim…
Inverted Leadership & The Art of Confident Humility with Joel Hawbaker
Jun 12 • 28 min
Joel Hawbaker is a professional speaker, award-winning teacher, and 3x Amazon best-selling author. Standing at just 5’3”, he’s fought an uphill battle to prove himself his whole life. From youth sports all the way to college athletics, he’s shown that…
From Overweight to Top-5 Triathlon Finisher with Ian Harding
Jun 5 • 32 min
Ian Harding was overweight for most of his young life. Constantly picked on, made fun of, and picked last for team sports, he finally decided to make a change when he was about to graduate college. So he registered for a triathlon while weighing over 300…
Weathering The Storm & Crushing It with Owais Raza
May 29 • 28 min
When he was just 12-years-old, Owais Raza’s father abandoned his family, leaving them in a financial crisis. Too young to get jobs, Owais and his brother turned to the internet. Over the next four years, they figured out how to make money online to…
From Failed Carnival Owner to “The Blind Blogger” with Maxwell Ivey
May 22 • 34 min
Maxwell Ivey was born into a carnival family. As a kid, he helped out with everything he could. Problem was, his vision was starting to go. By the time he was a young adult, he was totally blind. In our conversation, Max tells the story of his…
Tackling a Triathlon with No Experience & Overcoming a Whirlwind of Obstacles with Josh Muskin
May 15 • 34 min
When Josh Muskin graduated college, he lost a sense of purpose. As a lifelong athlete, he felt as if he had nothing left to train for. His competitive nature went away. Then, in the fall of 2017, he came across a Facebook post of a friend crossing the…
Building a Booming Fantasy Football Brand with CEO of Fantasy Couch Huseyin “The Brain” Aksu
May 8 • 55 min
Growing up in a small California town, Huseyin Aksu always had the entrepreneurial spirit. In middle school, he started selling everything from Star Wars trading cards to song lyrics (this was the pre-iPhone era). After working for his college newspaper,…
Bouncing Back From a Near-Death Experience with Professional Arena Football QB Collin Saring (Pt. 2)
Apr 24 • 43 min
After coming out of a coma, Collin Saring had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and go to the bathroom on his own. When doctors released him from the hospital, his mind state was equivalent to that of a 12-year-old boy. By the time he felt back to normal,…
The True Meaning of Resilience with Professional Arena Football QB Collin Saring (Pt. 1)
Apr 17 • 41 min
One summer night after his sophomore year of college, Collin Saring’s life changed forever. He spent two and half months in the hospital with a brain infection and was in a coma for two weeks. When he finally came out of it, his mind had regressed to the…
Realities of Professional Baseball with Creator of The Wave Method Dan Lazzaroni
Mar 27 • 54 min
Dan Lazzaroni a former professional pitcher who endured a rollercoaster of ups and downs throughout his career. He spent time bouncing around the indy leagues before signing a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. After rising through the…
The “Graveyard Mentality” & Being a Leader with Penn State Assistant Baseball Coach André Butler
Mar 20 • 27 min
André Butler went from being barely recruited to a Division 3 school, to being an assistant coach on one of the top Division 1 baseball programs in the country. Coach Butler started a movement at Penn State called the “Graveyard Mentality”. He describes…
Behind The Scenes of a Professional Sports Reporter with Manny Espinal
Feb 22 • 28 min
Manny Espinal is a Major League Baseball reporter for Big Sports Bulletin and Canal America, a news station in the Dominican Republic. Based out of New York, Manny spends a lot of time at both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field throughout the season…
How to Build a Career in Sports with Director of MLB at LW Branding Matt Morrison
Feb 14 • 24 min
Matt Morrison put in serious work before finding his home at LW Branding, a boutique branding and marketing agency working with professional athletes such as Kirk Cousins, Matt Carpenter, Brent Suter, and more. His insane work ethic and genuine nature is…
Appreciating Life After a Near-Death Experience with Former Professional Goalkeeper Jesse Bradley
Feb 6 • 32 min
Jesse Bradley is a former professional goalkeeper who played in Africa and Scotland. He’s also a radio host, podcaster, author, and pastor at Grace Community Church in Auburn, Washington. Since he was 3-years-old, Jesse’s mission was to be a professional…
Breaking Through The Noise in The Music Industry with Rapper & Producer King Blitz
Jan 30 • 17 min
Before he won Lost Reality Music’s $10K contest, King Blitz was grinding on the independent circuit. Through years of raw determination, passion, and unwavering self-belief, he broke through the noise and emerged as the label’s new breakout artist. You…
From Throwing 81 To 95 & The Post-College Transition with Writer & Coach Tanner Reklaitis
Jan 21 • 48 min
A few years ago, Tanner Reklaitis was a sophomore NAIA pitcher throwing 81 mph. Then, one day, he decided he was tired of being average. After a grinding away on the Driveline training program six or seven days a week for two years, he topped out at 95.9…
Being Born Different with Writer & Motivational Speaker Corey Taylor
Jan 15 • 34 min
Corey Taylor was born with a severe facial deformity and has spent the last 30 years of his life inspiring others and showing them that you can overcome any obstacle put in front of you. This is a man who’s been through a heck of a lot more than most…
Overcoming the Loss of a Parent & Making a Positive Impact with CEO of Athlete Nation Hunter Radenslaben
Dec 19, 2018 • 26 min
Athlete Nation started as a Twitter account in 2012, when Hunter Radenslaben was just 12-years-old. Heading into his freshman year of high school, Hunter lost his mother to cancer. It was during that time that he made the decision to create something…
Why Average Is The Enemy with Coach Joe Hart
Dec 12, 2018 • 39 min
A year ago, Joe Hart decided to change his life for the better. After detoxing his social media and getting back in shape, he made the decision to start sharing his message with the world. That message? Average is the Enemy. Hustle & Motivate is brought…
Growing Confidence Through Hip-Hop with Rapper Anthony John
Dec 6, 2018 • 21 min
Quiet and shy growing up, Anthony John turned to music as an outlet. Through consistent hard work, his confidence grew over time. And it’s taken him a long way. A short time ago, he won the Funk Flex freestyle contest. Today, he’s an up-and-coming artist…
Building a Sports Biz Publication with Front Office Sports COO Russell Wilde
Nov 25, 2018 • 26 min
Russell Wilde joined the Front Office Sports team after founder Adam White posted in the University of Miami’s Facebook group asking for some help with a new project. Since then, they’ve built their publication into an authority in the sports business…
From College Dropout to Full-Time Online Entrepreneur with Nicolas Sebastian
Nov 13, 2018 • 29 min
Just a year ago, Nicolas Sebastian was playing Fortnite in his college dorm room. Now he makes a full-time income online. And he’s made it his mission to help you do the same. It all starts with your mindset. Hustle & Motivate is brought to you by…
Working In The Film Industry with Steadicam Operator Kat Kallergis
Nov 6, 2018 • 30 min
Chatting with New York-based Steadicam Operator, Kat Kallergis. From working at her father’s restaurant to shooting the opening monologue of Saturday Night Live, Kat’s pursuit of her dreams is filled with lessons we can all learn from. Hustle & Motivate…
Building a Sports Media Platform with Jacolby Gilliam, Founder of 9INE POINT Magazine
Oct 29, 2018 • 27 min
Chatting with Jacolby Gilliam, a walk-on Division 1 athlete at Oklahoma who built his own sports media platform called 9INE POINT Magazine. It’s an athlete-driven platform with the goal of inspiring athletes to achieve their version of greatness. Jacolby…
Writing For A Massive Magazine with Maxim Staff Writer Brandon Friederich
Oct 25, 2018 • 49 min
Chatting with Maxim Magazine staff writer and Billboard contributor Brandon Friederich. Hailing from a small town in Iowa, Brandon worked his way into a role with one of the most popular men’s magazines in America. His never-say-die attitude will show you…
Motivating Others to Succeed with Jah’Fear Toler, Brand Builder & Motivational Speaker
Oct 22, 2018 • 38 min
Chatting with Jah’Fear Toler, a 19-year-old entrepreneur with a truly special outlook on life. Jah’Fear is an aspiring motivational speaker currently building a lifestyle brand in college. His infectious energy and positive spirit will undoubtedly inspire…
Helping Up-and-Coming Artists Through Social Media Marketing with DJ Scher
Oct 16, 2018 • 30 min
Chatting with DJ Scher, an 18-year-old making serious moves on multiple fronts. DJ is a social media marketer, working closely with both established and up-and-coming artists in the music industry. He’s also a YouTuber and future college baseball player.…