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From Failed Carnival Owner to “The Blind Blogger” with Maxwell Ivey

Our interview with Max Ivey "The Blind Blogger" on Hustle & Motivate, presented by, the home of the underdog
Credit-Max Ivey/Joker Mag Illustration

If you’re someone who’s been told you weren’t good enough, not big enough, not fast enough, not smart enough, or if you’ve ever felt demoralized by a failure you weren’t willing to accept, this is the show for you.

Hustle & Motivate is a blueprint, built by guests who’ve conquered obstacles, silenced critics, and overcome adversity by seeing every failure as an opportunity, realizing the true power of the underdog mentality.

Through insightful and thought-provoking conversations, we uncover the stories behind these impressive individuals.

The aim is to show you what you’re capable of.

Realizing that a simple mindset shift opens up a world of possibilities.  Because in the end, you can do anything you believe you can achieve.

Who Is Maxwell Ivey?

max ivey aka the blind blogger looks dapper in his suit and tie in this professional photograph
Credit-Max Ivey/Chelsea C. Nguyen

Max 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 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.

Quote Of The Week

“There is good in just about everything you do. The problem is that you have to look for it. Sometimes you have to look really hard for it. And it has to become a habit.” – Maxwell Ivey, The Blind Blogger

Show Highlights

[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 situation

After Listening…

Go check out Max’s website, The Blind Blogger, where you can find the latest episodes of his podcast “What’s Your Excuse” along with his books and updates of what he’s working on now!

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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.



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