Eileah Ohning- Taking a Chance and Living in Her Car

Episode #25- Eileah Ohning

In this episode, I speak with Eileah Ohning who is known online for her YouTube videos that revolve around her experience living in a car for a year. The videos are in a casual, down to earth, journal format and receive views in the 100k’s.  In 2015, she started looking into minimalism decided to live in her 2004 Acura Sedan and is now in the process of creating a Tiny Home on Wheels for herself in a sprinter van. Eileah can also be seen on YouTube speaking for Tedx Yearling Road touching on the topic of Rebellion and what it means going against the grain.

This conversation we talk about a lot of topics. Obviously why Eileah decided to live in her car, what she liked about it, what she missed about conventional living, reaction from friends/ co-workers, taking a chance, being curious about the world, asking why, minimalism and much more! Listen below on the streamer player or subscribe on iTunes or Google Play.

I hope you guys enjoy this conversation as much as I did. You can follow Eileah on YouTube or Instagram. Check out her Tiny Home on Wheels account on Instagram as well. To see her Ted Talk on rebellion here.

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5 Reasons Why Every Guy Should Have a Man Bun Once in Their Life

I grew my hair for 1 year and 9 months and achieved man bun status after about a year. Recently, I decided to cut it. I just thought it was time partly because long hair can be somewhat of a hassle and also I was just ready for short hair again. I enjoyed having the long hair and there were a few things I learned from growing it out which is why I’m writing this piece- 5 reasons why every man should grow out their hair to a man bun or at least man bun length in their lifetime.

So here are some reasons I thought up.

1.Persistence- setting a goal and sticking to it

One of the things that growing out your hair teaches you is persistence. Obviously, there are the so called awkward stages and during this time there are points when you’ll want to cut it all off. (This happened multiple times for me) But if you have the goal of a man bun, you overlook the awkward stages and strive for the ultimate prize. Just as we should in life. Just remember to keep on going.

2.Focus on important things in life

In those awkward stages there might be times you think you look like a fool or your friends tell you your hair is terrible. But that doesn’t matter. Who cares what you look like. What matters is how you treat people. If you feel looked down upon due to your awkward stage hair. Who cares. It’s probably because they don’t even know you anyway or it’s just your friends ragging on you. Focus on what’s important, not the hair but how you treat people, relationships you have and who you surround yourself with.

3.Empathy for Females

Growing your hair out will give you a newfound respect for women in your life with long hair. You will now understand why they make take a little longer to get ready and the effort it takes to get their hair looking good. Seeing the world from someone’s else’s perspective is always a good thing.

4.You don’t know unless you try

If you bring up long hair with your friends or acquaintances you may get the reactions like it will look dumb on me or my hair is too curly etc. etc. But at the end of the day. You will never know unless you try. So if you would like to see what you look like in a man bun or long hair, just try it out. Don’t make assumptions. You may really like it but maybe you won’t. There’s some old saying nothing ventured nothing gained.

5.Use it or lose it

Straight up. We may not have our hair forever. There are those of us that are blessed with good genes and what not but some of us aren’t. Our long hair/ man bun chances may be limited so why not grow it out before you don’t have the chance to anymore.

So that’s it. The 5 reasons why every man should grow out hair to a man bun. Thanks for reading! Stay Chillin my friends!

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Peace,

Deke

My Podcasting Journey- Q/A with my brother Evan

 

In this episode I answer questions submitted by you guys with my brother as the host. I discuss a little bit of my podcast journey, what I’ve learned, why I’ve made certain decisions, but also explore some wide ranging topics too lol. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to submit such good questions! To listen subscribe on iTunes or on the streamer below.

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Pittsburgh Kid Quits Job and Starts Podcast

A Podcast Based Out of Pittsburgh

Hey whats up, My name is Eric and host a podcast called Chillin with Deke based out of Pittsburgh. Back in February I quit my job working 9-5 and decided to start this thing. It’s tough to exactly explain “Why” other than it was on my heart and I thought I could be good at it. So I wrote about quitting/starting the podcast in my first blog post back in March which you can check out here.

So the podcast. What’s it about? I enjoy listening and learning and hope you enjoy the same. My goal was and is to hear stories and wisdom from successful/interesting/ inspirational people and see how I can apply to my life. And yes I’m from Pittsburgh and have guests from Pittsburgh but the podcast is not limited to just the city. Just as rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller are from Pittsburgh but they interact with people all over the  nation/world. I hope to do the same- have interesting guests from all over but also represent the city.

Honestly, there’s a bunch of podcasts like this out there. But what makes mine a little different is I have done nothing “noteworthy” like most people who host podcasts have. Whether it’s something entrepreneurial, in media, or radio- I have no experience in any of that. I didn’t have any connections other than my first 3 guests. I’m just an every man, chillin and chasing a dream which is to do podcasts with cool people.

With all that being said, I guess Chillin with Deke has layers. Almost a story within a story. So you can obviously listen to my podcast and hear some cool stuff from interesting people, but the other story is me and my journey to see where this podcast takes me. Where it will take me? I don’t know and that’s the fun part. However, I’ll write about my experiences/what I’m learning/ new stuff I’m on this website and also on the podcast. And hopefully by Chillin with Deke, you can be helped/ inspired on your journey in life too!

To listen to my first podcast and how Pete Rostosky went from a near death experience to become a Pittsburgh Steeler click  here.

For my most recent podcast where I share more of my story in detail about why I quit my job, lessons I’ve learned on this journey, and why I do it click here.

Thanks, Peace and hope this helps.

-Deke

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Bo Marchionte- The Iron Man, Running For 7,000+ Days in a Row

For this edition of Chillin with Deke, I speak with writer and expert draft analyst, Bo Marchionte (@bomarchionte). His work can be seen at The Draft Bible, Football Insiders, and Lindy’s Draft Coverage. He has also done radio sports for NBC, FOX Sports and ESPN and their affiliates. Currently, Bo owns a website- College2Pro.com and is a scout for the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His site is dedicated to Draft and Steeler coverage but also acts as facilitator for college players to gain exposure and improve their draft status.

Outside of scouting and football, Bo enjoys running. I mean really enjoys it…. He currently has a streak which he started back in January 1998 where he runs at least 3 miles everyday. Right now he usually runs for 8-10 miles a day. So obviously in this episode we talk about the streak, how he stays persistent/determined and why he calls running a his mistress. But also, with his experience in the media, we explore how to make connections, talking with strangers and even how to scheme a little lol.

A little backstory on how I met Bo. This episode actually is connected to one of my previous episodes- Episode 18 live from the Hall of Fame weekend. Basically, I met Bo in the concourse of the stadium before the inductees gave their speeches and we talked for 30 min or so. Fast forward a couple months later and we connected to do this podcast. We talk  a little more in-depth on how we met and the Hall of Fame in the episode. So listen below or subscribe on iTunes.

Free Yourself to Change the World- Yung Pueblo

“When you free yourself, you change the world”- Yung Pueblo

In this episode I talk with Diego Perez aka Yung Pueblo. He is well known for his writings, poems and letters which he posts most notably to his Instagram. (Example below) Also known for meditating, Yung Pueblo practices Vipassana which involves taking a retreat and meditating for 10-11 hrs a day. In the beginning of this episode we discuss a little bit of meditation/ mindfulness and how it can help free yourself. We also delve into human habit vs human nature, the meaning behind “Yung Pueblo”, losing the ego, the power of love and tons more!

Diego and I connected for this podcast through Instagram. I discuss a little bit of the backstory in the beginning of the episode, but essentially it goes like this. I followed Diego once I first started my podcast. I saw some of his posts and writings and thought “This dude is legit”. I always thought he would be an awesome guest for the podcast but at the time never really knew how it would happen. Recently I reached out to him because I saw he had a book coming out and I really wanted to hear his story. And here it is Episode 22.

Check out his dope writings and wisdom on his Instagram and Facebook. Also, buy his new book “Inward” on Amazon.

If you would like to hear another episode from an author/ writer click here. I speak with author of the Apparition series, Dominic Bianco, about his writing process, chasing his dream and how other can improve their writing.

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Leave a comment. What was your favorite lesson or story from this episode? What did you take away?

Lisa Song Sutton- How to Negotiate and Network Effectively

Featured in this episode is former Miss Nevada Lisa Song Sutton (@lisasongsutton). She is also the Co-founder of multiple businesses such as: Sin City Cupcakes, Sutton and Chase Real Estate, Liquid and Lace and Gleaux. Lisa also hosts a weekly show called Live with Lisa and she has also been published as a model for GQ, Maxim, Macy’s and published as a writer in Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Company and more.

I connected with Lisa through Instagram as I saw she commented on one of Tim Ferriss’ post. From there  I saw her profile and could tell she accomplished a lot so I reached out to see if she’s like to share her story on the podcast. I learned a lot from this episode and hope you enjoy too!

In addition, I attempted a coffee challenge which Lisa and I about around the 45 min mark. It involves asking 10% your next purchase at a coffee shop. If you want to read the full story behind the challenge, click here.

If you want to hear wisdom and advice from another entrepreneur click here or listen on iTunes. I talk to NOLACnation’s Jared Zych about selling his possessions to start the brand and why guys like Antonio Brown wear his clothes.

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Leave a comment. What was your favorite lesson or story from this episode? What did you take away?

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Coffee Challenge from Tools of Titans

Noah Kagan’s Coffee Challenge From Tools of Titans

So I took Noah Kagan’s Coffee Challenge from Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans book. The inspiration came from my latest podcast episode with entrepreneur and 2014 Miss Nevada- Lisa Song Sutton.

What is the Coffee Challenge?

Here is the coffee challenge as told by Noah to Business Insider.

“The Coffee Challenge is one of Kagan’s favorite Stranger Challenges. It encourages people to walk into a coffee shop and ask for 10% off their purchase and wait for a reaction.

‘We have a thing called the Coffee Challenge,” Kagan tells James Altucher in a recent podcast. “You have to ask for 10% off at a coffee store. Any coffee store. Get a muffin, ask for 10% off. Most people will make an excuse. ‘Oh, I’ve already done sales for five years.’ ‘Oh, I’m not afraid of doing that.’ ‘Oh, I don’t need a discount, I have money.’ But if you go ahead and ask for 10% off coffee, I guarantee  that you will learn something about yourself that will surprise you.'”

In my episode with Lisa Song Sutton we discuss the coffee challenge and how we would go about doing it. I wondered if one should play the “I’m a loyal customer and feel I deserve 10%” card but Lisa offered a better option. Lisa says she would add value for both parties where the employee/Starbucks store would benefit from the transaction as well.  If you want to hear us discuss the challenge more in-depth, check out our conversation below. It starts right as we are talking about the challenge.

Executing the Coffee Challenge

So I wanted to test out the coffee challenge for myself and here was the exchange that took place. A little cringeworthy but hey I’m pretty shameless lol. (For the most part I go with Lisa’s advice and put my own little twist to it.)

STARBUCKS EMPLOYEE : Hey how are you today?

ME: Whats up man how are you?

SE: Good, What can I get for you?

ME: Ahhh, I’ll go with an Iced Green Tea.

SE: With sweetener?

ME: Yeah sure

SE: What size?

ME: Small is good.

SE: Alright, your total is $2.09

ME: Ok cool, Can I get 10% off of that?

SE: Umm.. What do you mean?

ME: Like 10% off this order, so its $2.09. Can i get $.20 off?

SE: Ummm…. I don’t know what you mean.

ME: Ok I’ll be straight up with you. I host a podcast and am doing this thing called the coffee challenge for my newest episode coming out. Its a little lesson in negotiating and communication. We talk about the challenge on the podcast so I thought I’d give it a try. Do you have an Instagram?

SE: Yeah.

ME: So obviously I would help you out if you give me the $.20 off. My guest on the show has a strong social  media following and I’ll give your Instagram tag a shout out in the intro. What do you think?

SE: Man I’m just not sure. I’m a little confused I’m not sure what you mean?

ME: It’s just a little challenge I’m doing for the podcast. I’d love to help you out, maybe help each other out here.

(Co-worker walks by)

SE: (Talking to Co-worker) Hey man what do you think? (To Me) Go ahead tell him what’s going on?

So I basically explain to him the podcast, the challenge, 10% off, shouting out his instagram, lesson in communicating etc.

CO-WORKER: Give him the Employee Rewards code

SE: (To Me) Alright, you’re good dude!

ME: Whats up? What do you mean?

SE: It’s on the house, free.

ME: Ahh man, that’s awesome, appreciate you guys. What’s your Instagrams? I’ll give you the proper shout out. (We exchange info, chat a little)

SE: Sorry bro, wasn’t sure what it was all about at first

ME: Ya its cool, I’ll admit its kinda weird as hell to just go up asking for 10% off. You guys want to take a picture?

And that was it. First time asking and instead of the 10% off, I received the Tea for free.

Lessons I Learned From Coffee Challenge

I wanted to take this coffee challenge to prove to myself and others the things you can accomplish by just putting yourself out there. It’s a good lesson in asking for things you want or desire. So for this instance I did want the Tea for at least 10% off because it was part of the challenge and a story I wanted to add for my blog and podcast. A lot times we want more money, a promotion or various other things but we never really ask. Maybe we sit and think about doing it but then we make up excuses about all the things that can go wrong instead of actually just doing it. I felt the same way with this challenge. I’m sitting there thinking. “This is dumb.” “I’m gonna look stupid.” But then I was like “Just do it. What’s the worst that can happen.”

So the end result. Two new followers, a free green tea, and a cool story that reminds me to put myself out there and hopefully inspires those reading this to do the same.

Questions to consider: What would you say to in attempt to get 10% off your order? What value could you bring to the other party?

To listen to the full episode with Lisa and hear me give a shout out to my two new Starbucks friends go to iTunes or click here. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review. Thanks and Peace.

-Deke

 

Randyland’s Randy Gilson- Accomplish Your Dreams

For this podcast I talk with owner and creator of Randyland- Randy Gilson. After purchasing property in Pittsburgh’s North Side 22 years ago, Randy went against conventionalism and crafted what is now the art gallery/ museum known as Randyland. Outside of that, he’s also created 800 gardens, 50 vegetable gardens and 8 parks. Randy is a great guy and pours his heart and resources into the city of Pittsburgh and I am grateful he gave me the time for this podcast. I learned a lot from this episode and just from getting to meet Randy. I hope you guys enjoy as well.

In this episode we discuss:

-Randy’s upbringing and overcoming depression

-Using ADHD as a tool

-How he bought and started Randyland

-Thinking outside the box and creating change

-How being a waiter helped him grow Randyland and much much more!

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Roosevelt Nix- From Substitute Teacher to NFL Starter

Roosevelt Nix (@dat_dude_nix45) is the starting fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college ball at Kent State, winning the MAC Defensive Player of Year as a freshman and was also the first player in school history to be named first team all MAC for all 4 years. After going undrafted, he was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons but was released during training camp. Listen below to hear how Rosie went from undrafted, to free agent to Pittsburgh Steeler in the course of a year.

Just from meeting with Rosie for the podcast and a couple times beforehand, he is legit a good dude. You can tell he cares about people and has a lot of wisdom/perspective/insight to offer. In this episode, we talk about his journey and also alot of  interesting things outside of football. Hope you enjoy.