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Interviewing real-life underdogs with compelling stories. They reveal their blueprint to conquering obstacles and overcoming adversity on the road to success. Brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.
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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 2018, everything came to a screeching halt.  That’s when Brian suffered a near-fatal heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery.Today, Brian is on his "Comeback From a Heart Attack" tour, armed with a new outlook on life.SHOW NOTES[2:45] The one thing you need to make it as a comedian[11:30] What it's like working on a movie set[15:24] First-person perspective of a heart attack survivor[22:53] "I almost cried...it's one of the biggest things I've ever been a part of"[31:42] How to survive the stresses of working for yourselfHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog. Subscribe to our newsletter and get access to our Underdog Secrets guide here.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 over 50 podcasts, become a guest on Al Jazeera, and speak at TEDxWilsonPark.He is living proof that you can overcome obstacles and meet your goals.SHOW NOTES[2:20] Early years, communication, and confidence[6:55] Kobe Bryant and why you need to fail[10:30] Dating and why people don't care as much as you think they do[15:25] Advice for facing your fearsHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog. Subscribe to our newsletter and get access to our Underdog Secrets guide here.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 $290,000 in medical bills and a new lease on life.Her first book, “A Journey of Hope to Heaven and Back” has been adapted into a Hollywood screenplay.  Despite all she’s been through, Jeanne has kept a positive, upbeat attitude and is striving to help others view life in a different light.SHOW NOTES[5:20] The one telltale sign of a true workaholic[12:01] What it was like coming back from heaven[18:08] A head-on collision and second visit to heaven[25:00] How Jeanne overcomes every challenge[31:58] A life-saving trip to WalmartHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog. Subscribe to our newsletter and get access to our Underdog Secrets guide here.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 Morris never gave up on his dream.  And today, speaking in arenas across the globe, he's showing others how to do the same.SHOW NOTES[5:00] Why Jim Morris gave up on baseball at 24[7:37] The famous bet that led him back to pursuing his MLB dream[12:16] "No one would even play catch with me" - The story of the try-out[16:14] Fielding movie offers while pitching in AAA[19:08] Jim's biggest piece of advice for young athletesHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.  Subscribe to our newsletter and get access to our Underdog Secrets guide here.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 size isn't everything.These days, Joel is living his passion, teaching students of all ages about leadership and what he calls "confident humility".SHOW NOTES[4:25] From studying to become a lawyer to becoming a teacher and coach[10:27] How to become a professional speaker[15:20] The challenges of writing a full-length book[18:00] Why you NEED to read[22:25] What "confident humility" really meansHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.  Subscribe to our newsletter and get access to our Underdog Secrets guide here.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 pounds and not having his own bike.Then, exactly one year later, he raced in that triathlon 100 pounds lighter.  Everyone said it couldn't be done.  And Ian proved all of them wrong, finishing 5th in his age group.SHOW NOTES[5:17] A really dark time in Ian's life[9:52] How one text message changed everything[14:12] Facing a hater and the details of race day[20:31] What "do it for yourself" means[27:48] How to dig yourself out of dark timesHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 support their family.  Then, at 16-years-old, Owais found himself in another dilemma -- no one took him seriously enough to pay for his services.So he spent the next year writing his book "The Social Media Specialist" to gain credibility in his community.  After a successful launch, he started Mysterious Media, an Instagram marketing agency he still runs to this day.SHOW NOTES[4:40] How to become an authority in your community[9:35] An important message for young entrepreneurs[14:55] The one thing stopping you from starting your business[18:17] Why struggle should light a fire under you[22:56] Taking emotion out of your actionsHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.Subscribe to our newsletter & get our free Underdog Secrets guide.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 transformation from "morbidly obese failed carnival owner to a respected amusement equipment broker" in the best shape of his life.Known as "The Blind Blogger", he's always up for new challenges and opportunities.  With three published books, his own podcast, and blog, he's trying to help others find the courage to the same.SHOW NOTES[8:00] Max's fatal mistake that could be "argued over by Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder"[12:53] How he went from 512 lbs to a 250-pound "lean mean machine"[16:23] Detailing the daunting task of writing a book[24:33] 3 key pieces of advice you need to hear[29:01] How to build the habit of seeing the positive in every situationHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.Subscribe to our newsletter & get our free Underdog Secrets guide.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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 finish line at Ironman Canada.  And it lit a fire under Josh.He decided right then and there that he was going to do a triathlon -- that's a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon all done back-to-back in the same day.Problem was, he had no experience doing any of those things.So how did Josh prepare himself in just 337 days?  And how did he handle all the obstacles that popped up along the way?SHOW NOTES[4:00] Josh's spark of inspiration to do an Ironman [9:10] The intense training process and obstacles that disrupted it[15:09] His mindset leading up to race day[19:21] A treacherous bike ride on an open highway[29:26] Why it's important to keep setting goals in lifeHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.Subscribe to our newsletter & get our free Underdog Secrets guide.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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, Huseyin decided to start doing a fantasy football segment. That idea quickly turned into Fantasy Couch, the largest independent fantasy sports site in the world. Now, ten years later, he’s dishing out fantasy football advice for a living.  Here's how he did it.SHOW NOTES [4:12] The industry Huseyin thinks is worst to get into[11:44] Where the chip on his shoulder comes from[16:55] How Fantasy Couch started and grew over time[20:20] The one thing that saved Fantasy Couch from calling it a quits[31:36] Exactly what drives Huseyin to be great[46:09] How to succeed when you're about to give upHustle & Motivate is brought to you by JokerMag.com, the home of the underdog.Subscribe to our newsletter & get our free Underdog Secrets guide.Music provided by TYSHii & A.N.T.
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