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Hustle & Motivate

49 EpisodesProduced by Joker MagWebsite

Digging deep into real-life underdog stories. Guests share their tales of overcoming adversity through raw and honest storytelling. Brought to you by, the home of the underdog.

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Detroit Tigers Prospect & D3 Alum Robert Klinchock

March 30th, 2020


Robert Klinchock is a left-handed pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization.  Despite pitching 3 straight complete game shut-outs and helping Shenandoah University win back-to-back conference championships, he wasn’t …

Paralympic Gold Medalist Richard Colman

January 29th, 2020


Richard Colman AM is a Paralympic athlete who represented Australia in four Paralympics.  Richard was born with spina bifida, the second most common …

Legendary College Baseball Coach Mr. George Bennett

January 7th, 2020


Coach George Bennett won 531 games as a college coach at Saint Joseph’s University and Villanova University. He was named Big East Conference Coach …

The Secret to Performing Under Pressure with Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

December 11th, 2019


Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is a New York Times Bestselling author and co-founder of IHHP, a successful research-based training company. He is an advisor to …

World Series Chronology with Sal Tartaglia

December 5th, 2019


Sal Tartaglia is the author of World Series Chronology: Compare, Contrast, & Coordinate The Champions. In our conversation, he discusses the …

Turning Adversity Into an Advantage with Randy Ginsburg

November 21st, 2019


Randy Ginsburg is the author of Adversity to Advantage: How to Overcome Bullying & Find Entrepreneurial Success.  Featured in major publications …

Why Suicide is The Secret to My Success with Frank King

November 6th, 2019


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 …

From 34% Body Fat to 11% and The Underdog Mentality with Henry Duncan

October 16th, 2019


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 …

Igniting Your Brand with Firestarter CEO Frances Reimers

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

Welcome to Hustle & Motivate

September 25th, 2019


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The NFL Playbook to Winning (in Life & Business) with Shawn Harper

September 19th, 2019


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 …

Escaping Gang Life & Transcending The Past with Raymond Power

September 12th, 2019


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 …

Hosting a Podcast Celebrating Underdogs & Role Players with Tim Flattery

September 4th, 2019


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 …

Papa Joe DeMaio is a Vietnam Veteran Living His Dream as a Musician

August 28th, 2019


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 …

Selling Everything & Moving to Hollywood with Kevin Caliber

August 21st, 2019


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 …

From Homeless Teen to Young Australian of The Year with Zack Bryers

August 15th, 2019


Zack Bryers has been a homeless teenager, a soldier in Afghanistan, and a football player for Australia in the IFAF World Championship in Canton, …

Taking Over Las Vegas with VIP Host Manny Kess

August 8th, 2019


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 …

Building an International Sports Agency with Brittany Gilman

July 25th, 2019


Brittany Gilman spent the better part of her early life as an athlete.  From skiing at 2-years-old, to snowboarding professionally, to strength …

Persevere Past Your Paralysis with Dr. James Perdue

July 17th, 2019


James Perdue always dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player.  He had the attitude of being invincible and that nothing could stop him.

Comeback From a Heart Attack with Comedian & Actor Brian T Shirley

July 11th, 2019


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 …

Overcoming My Fear of Stuttering with LeRon L. Barton

July 4th, 2019


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 …

28 Years of Surgeries & 2 Visits to Heaven with Jeanne Enstad

June 27th, 2019


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 …

Jim "The Rookie" Morris on Living Your Dreams

June 20th, 2019


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 …

Inverted Leadership & The Art of Confident Humility with Joel Hawbaker

June 13th, 2019


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 …

From Overweight to Top-5 Triathlon Finisher with Ian Harding

June 6th, 2019


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 …

Weathering The Storm & Crushing It with Owais Raza

May 29th, 2019


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 …

From Failed Carnival Owner to "The Blind Blogger" with Maxwell Ivey

May 23rd, 2019


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 …

Tackling a Triathlon with No Experience & Overcoming a Whirlwind of Obstacles with Josh Muskin

May 16th, 2019


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 …

Building a Booming Fantasy Football Brand with CEO of Fantasy Couch Huseyin “The Brain” Aksu

May 9th, 2019


Growing up in a small California town, Huseyin Aksu always had the entrepreneurial spirit. In middle school, he started selling everything from Star …

Bouncing Back From a Near-Death Experience with Professional Arena Football QB Collin Saring (Pt. 2)

April 25th, 2019


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 …

The True Meaning of Resilience with Professional Arena Football QB Collin Saring (Pt. 1)

April 18th, 2019


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 …

Realities of Professional Baseball with Creator of The Wave Method Dan Lazzaroni

March 27th, 2019


Dan Lazzaroni a former professional pitcher who endured a rollercoaster of ups and downs throughout his career. He spent time bouncing around the …

The “Graveyard Mentality” & Being a Leader with Penn State Assistant Baseball Coach André Butler

March 21st, 2019


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 …

Behind The Scenes of a Professional Sports Reporter with Manny Espinal

February 22nd, 2019


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 …

How to Build a Career in Sports with Director of MLB at LW Branding Matt Morrison

February 15th, 2019


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 …

Appreciating Life After a Near-Death Experience with Former Professional Goalkeeper Jesse Bradley

February 7th, 2019


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 …

Breaking Through The Noise in The Music Industry with Rapper & Producer King Blitz

January 31st, 2019


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 …

From Throwing 81 To 95 & The Post-College Transition with Writer & Coach Tanner Reklaitis

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

Being Born Different with Writer & Motivational Speaker Corey Taylor

January 15th, 2019


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 …

Overcoming the Loss of a Parent & Making a Positive Impact with CEO of Athlete Nation Hunter Radenslaben

December 20th, 2018


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, …

Why Average Is The Enemy with Coach Joe Hart

December 13th, 2018


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 …

Growing Confidence Through Hip-Hop with Rapper Anthony John

December 7th, 2018


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. …

Building a Sports Biz Publication with Front Office Sports COO Russell Wilde

November 26th, 2018


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 …

From College Dropout to Full-Time Online Entrepreneur with Nicolas Sebastian

November 13th, 2018


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 …

Working In The Film Industry with Steadicam Operator Kat Kallergis

November 6th, 2018


Chatting with New York-based Steadicam Operator, Kat Kallergis. From working at her father's restaurant to shooting the opening monologue of Saturday …

Building a Sports Media Platform with Jacolby Gilliam, Founder of 9INE POINT Magazine

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Writing For A Massive Magazine with Maxim Staff Writer Brandon Friederich

October 26th, 2018


Chatting with Maxim Magazine staff writer and Billboard contributor Brandon Friederich. Hailing from a small town in Iowa, Brandon worked his way …

Motivating Others to Succeed with Jah’Fear Toler, Brand Builder & Motivational Speaker

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

Helping Up-and-Coming Artists Through Social Media Marketing with DJ Scher

October 16th, 2018


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 …

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