Jim Shorkey- Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

“If you are the smartest guy in the room, you’re in the wrong room”- Jim Shorkey

Think and Grow Rich with Jim Shorkey

Jim Shorkey Chillin with Deke Podcast

This episode was a lot of fun.

How it happened.

I have a good friend and mentor named Steve Gardiner who I meet with pretty consistently for coffee to discuss life/tactics etc. (I actually had him on the podcast for episode 6 but the audio quality was poor and we pulled it, Still gotta record a new one with him!) He mentioned in passing one day that he knew Jim Shorkey and said he would be a great guy for the podcast. I knew the name from car commercials and was instantly interested.

So a few months passed and Steve and I met up for coffee again and he asked how he could help with the podcast. I said, “Could you link me up with Jim Shorkey?” Steve texted him that next minute and Jim was in. We later talked on the phone and scheduled it for the next week.

Before our coffee meeting was over, Steve gave me a little background info and told me Jim read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill over 130 times! I was thinking “Damn, that’s awesome.” And like I said, I knew the name “Jim Shorkey” by seeing/hearing car commercials but when I found out that nugget of info I thought “Man, this podcast will be interesting and I’m going to learn a lot.”


I did and the conversation exceeded my expectations. So hear you go- episode 29 with, Jim Shorkey, former owner of the Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group. Hope you guys enjoy!

The music mentioned in the intro and played towards the end of the episode – Brain Power by Kelly Howell

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Justin Roach- Creating Opportunity and Working with Snoop Dogg and Joe Cool

Justin Roach (@imjust) is a graphic designer who works with global artists such as Snoop Dogg and The Game. He started drawing sketches for himself in his teens, influenced heavily by both graffiti and artwork such as Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” cover- created by the legendary Joe Cool. Fast forward to now and Justin is working with both of these guys. He and Joe Cool teamed up to create a couple of Snoop Dogg album covers, the most recent being “CoolAid”. They also created The Game’s “1992” cover. In this episode, we talk about how Justin was able to make connections and get his name known enough to end up working with his idols.

Outside of his freelancing, Justin works as the graphic designer and social media marketer for Wayne Bank in Scranton, Pa and recently won The Happening’s 2017 Best Artist Award.

A Little Backstory for this Episode

I connected with Justin through Facebook. I’m pretty sure we linked through Randyland. (who I previously did a podcast with). I saw Justin’s work and figured he would be a great guest for the podcast, but also reached out to see if he’d be up for working on a new podcast logo for Chillin with Deke. The new logo is in progress and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. As for now, you can listen to the podcast below. I hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as I did. Subscribe to Chillin with Deke on iTunes here.

Some of Justin’s work.



Time Stamps for the episode:

1:15- Why Justin likes 90’s music and the Gin Blossoms

5:06- The reason Justin gravitated to art/ design + early influences

7:09- How Justin stumbled upon Graphic Design by accident

12:20- Making early connections in Philadelphia

16:00- Being in the right place at the right time- How a deer head facilitated Justin’s career

21:45- Being broke and experimenting with different jobs

24:48- Who Justin was most nervous to meet when first starting out.

28:11- How he started working with childhood idols Joe Cool and Snoop Dogg

34:23- Story behind The Game’s 1992 album cover

38:22- Completing the Coolaid album the Day it appeared on Jimmy Kimmel

41:58- How the collab process between Justin and Joe Cool works

44:35- How Justin struggles with comparing to others and how he tries to prevent it

46:52- What ideals would Justin instill to upcoming students or those just starting out in art

48:18- Passing out my podcast episode and getting in front of people

49:50- Why does design matter when it comes to products and brands

52:47- Effect of design/art/graffiti in Justin’s person life

57:29- Definition of success

1:02:09- When I met Michael Rapaport/ Making an impact on someone

1:04:39- Why Justin doesn’t really have a book to recommend

1:07:33- A Ted Talk on a topic outside of graphic design

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Stay Chillin, My Friends.

Jon Kolb- Living and Moving with Purpose

“The process is the purpose.” – Jon Kolb

Jon Kolb is the President of Adventures in Training with a Purpose which is an organization focused on helping those most in need improve their quality of life through purposeful physical training. He was formerly the Steelers Left Tackle from 1969-1981 and won 4 Super Bowl Championships with the team. After football, Jon became the Steelers strength and conditioning coach and received his Master’s in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University. He also currently teaches kinesiology at Penn State and Youngstown State.

To find out more about Adventures in Training with a Purpose please check out the website here.

This interview was really meaningful to me and I think comes at a good time as we kick of 2018.  As the New Year comes, we often are seeking to improve ourselves (usually as it relates to fitness). In this episode, Jon gives a unique outlook on how we should look at training and movement and it definitely gave me new perspective. Timestamps/ topics discussed are below:

2:59- What does being Left Handed Mean?

8:50- Is strength the most important aspect of training?

12:40- Defining your purpose. Different types of workouts for different goals.

15:58- Connection of homones, brain and muscle

19:14- Unethical workouts?

23:39- Moving and Living with chronic diseases- Current therapy vs. How it should be

29:23- Life Expectancy vs. Healthy Life expectancy

33:00- Rethinking the Aging Process

36:47- Minimum effective dose of working out- is the glass half full/empty?

46:12- How did Adventures in Training with a Purpose start?

49:56- Who is ATP for? Who does it help?

55:00- Importance of Environment when training? Surrounding yourself with positivity.

58:40- Why you should walk backwards everyday

1:00:48- The Krebs Cycle and the benefits of learning while moving

1:04:11- Inter-workings of the brain, spinal cord and our body parts. Science behind paralysis/walking and regenerating neuro networks.

1:21:06- Most meaningful Super Bowl Ring?

1:24:29- Making the process the purpose.

1:27:59- Dealing with fear and never wanting to take a step back.

1:33:43- Being the best vs. being the best you can be.

1:42:04- Jon’s favorite Chuck Noll stories and Memories.

1:47:51- Favorite/ most impactful Bible verse.

1:50:28- Jon’s definition for success.

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Interview with Santa: A Chillin with Deke Christmas

Holiday Special: An Interview with Santa

Merry Christmas to everyone. For this edition, Santa dropped by the house and was gracious enough with his time to let me interview him for Chillin with Deke. I hope everyone has a great holiday and spend quality time with your families. Watch below and Stay Chilling My Friends!

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Thanks and Happy Holidays!


Xavier Thomas (ArtLikeUs)- The Art of Hustle

Xavier Thomas started his photography journey by shooting pictures from his iPhone and shooting music videos for his friends. Fast forward to now, he is the the winner of Pittsburgh’s City Paper 2017 best photographer and shoots for guys like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Fabolous. In this wide ranging episode, Xavier and I discuss: What a picture can do that a video can’t, How he got connected with Wiz, Why he won the best photographer in the city, Who/what makes someone an artist, Gary Vaynerchuk and the art of hustling + much more.

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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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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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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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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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