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Joshua Gordon – From a job that doesn’t fit to doing your own thing.

joshua gordon

Joshua Gordon is an awesome dude.  A dude who quit a job that wasn’t a good fit to find his own way.

Step one: Quit.

Step two: Learn how to support a family of four on only $2000 a month.  The family story can be found here.

Step three: Help cool people do amazing things AKA Marketing Awesomeness.

The story that unfolds in-between is very inspiring.  From the “weekend of coolness and skulduggery” to the “thrashing around” period and finally the “hands in the air, forget this!” moment.  Josh made it through and shares his story with us.

Part one:  The story.

Part two(out next week): What can you learn from Josh’s story and how to apply it.

Listen to part one.

Keep it B.E.A.T.

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Rick Mareske – CommUniversity at UMKC

Beatnik Radio, during the month of January 2012 is brought to you by CommUniversity at UMKC.

Take a class, teach a class…CommUniversity.

Mr. Rick Mareske is the loosely titled CEO of the UMKC CommUniversity program.  Rick has been running the show for 32 years and knows a thing or two about how CommUniversity works.  Last Friday morning, before heading out for another round of catalog deliveries Rick and I had an amazing chat over coffee at Oddly Correct.

What you might hear:

  • The history of the Free University concept.  Starting with the early roots on the Berkeley College campus.
  • What kinds of classes are offered and how to sign up.
  • How to  sign up to teaching a class.
  • CONTEST TIME!  Leave a comment on this blog post.  You will be entered to win a $20 gift certificate good towards any CommUniversity class.
  • Rick and I get way off topic discussing the local music scene.

Thanks Rick!  And Thanks CommUniversity.

Listen to this episode of Beatnik Radio here. (release date Monday, Jan 9th)

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The Minimalists – Beatnik Radio

That would be Joshua, Ryan and then me, from left, standing.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write essays about minimalism and living a meaningful life with less stuff for more than 100,000 monthly readers.  While on a recent 33-city Meet-up tour, they found themselves in Kansas City.  Being the adventure seekers that they are, they found themselves fighting over who got the couch in my apartment the night of the Meet-up.

We managed to get a conversation down on tape.

Lots of interesting, thought provoking ideas and questions… Joshua and Ryan’s gift to the world.  Three books full of them are available.


Leave a comment right here on this blog post and you will be entered to win one of those e-books.  We spend most of our chat discussing the book titled, Essential Essays. (I have read it and it is wonderful.)

Have a listen.

Leave a comment.

Buy a book.

Keep it B.E.A.T.


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Nature’s Own Health Food Market – Beatnik Radio

Nature’s Own is under new ownership and in great hands.  Jeff (new owner) and Arwen (long-time employee in the vitamins and herbs section) dish out some serious advice on eating and living healthy.  We discuss a few of the local Kansas City products that they carry and Jeff gives some great advice on small business ownership.  Another great contest prize is waiting to be won.

Listen to our chat over at iTunes

The contest:  In person or on the Nature’s Own Facebook page, suggest a local vendor or product that Nature’s Own currently does not carry.

The prize:  Two winners will receive a $25 gift card and free samples of the selected vendors product.

Beatnik Radio, keep it B.E.A.T.

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Planet Reuse and Flow. Two awesome companies that call Bizperc home.

Nathan Benjamin and Willow Lundgren are on to something.  Merging modern technology with a goal of reusing reclaimed building materials.  Planet Reuse is creating an online catalog that connects the salvager with the builder while avoiding the landfill.

Make reclaimed material reuse easier and more people will do it. This simple but revolutionary goal drove the founders of PlanetReuse to create a new kind of company in 2008. Frustrated by the time and resources it took to track down salvaged materials for their own commercial projects, they took an entrepreneurial leap to uncover a solution for the building industry as a whole.

Initially an internet-based material brokerage, PlanetReuse has evolved into a consulting and brokering company focused on providing the insight, experience and materials its clients need. With a well-defined and efficient process, PlanetReuse expertly matches materials with designers, builders and owners to save projects money, serve LEED efforts and sustain the planet.


And stay tuned for my chat with Coty Beasley from a design and branding company called Flow.

Your image is the most important factor of your business.  Flow’s attention to detail helps set you apart from the competition and ensures your message, the right message, resounds clearly with the right audience.

The guys at Flow care about results as much as the processes.  Coty takes the time to achieve your goals the first time and build a platform for the future.  If you’re ready for a well-honed and precise web experience for your brand, check out Flow.


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Dirtbag Arts, a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair.

Dirtbag Arts is an ongoing and ever-changing arts showcase in Kansas City.  Featuring a variety of different artists who cover a wide spectrum of artistic styles.  From dolls to custom woodworking to jewelry made from old skateboard decks.

One of a kind art is about all you will find at a Dirtbag Arts event.

Stay connected over at the page to receive information about the artists and upcoming events.

Dirtbag arts is a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair.

Learn more about and contact the artists below.

Listen to this special edition of Beatnik Radio.

First up: Brendan O’Shaughnessy from Lovesick Clothing, a men’s and women’s apparel company committed to the message of love and life.

For Love, Utterly Despised.

Next: Ali Bustos from a. whitwood.

A. Whitwood Studio is made up of thoughts and sub creations from the mind of a gal named Ali.

Based in Kansas City, Ali is a painter who is currently experimenting with fabric and the ways it can bring people joy.

She believes art is something that spills over into every part of life and is a connector piece between individuals.

Order your custom-made man-doll to look just like mom and dad.  Jr. will love having a realistic doll that looks like mom and dad.

Learn more at

Next: Kendon McBee from KM Design.

 Kendon is a custom woodworker painting, refinishing and building custom furniture.

 There  is nothing new under the sun and Kendon’s mission is to reveal that which is already beautiful within existing pieces of wood.

And now: Kira Terry from Wooden Hands.

Creating more than just jewelry, specifically wearable art from old skateboard decks.  Bracelets, earrings and more.

Thrashed skateboard decks have a second life thanks to Kira.

Drill it out and polish it up.  A one of a kind piece of jewelry has been created.

Last: Amanda Crown.

You will have to hunt her down in the real world to get your hands on her art.  Perhaps at the next DirtBag Arts event.

Bags, aprons, scarfs and more made from colorful cloth and other materials.

Amanda’s art is proof that creativity can easily come from having limited options and boundarys.

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Thinking Big with Herb Sih from Think Big Partners and BizPerc

You have an business idea that will help and serve others.  You are passionate about it and work hard to make it successful.  Chasing your dream has become an obsession.  You are, for better or worse, an entrepreneur.

In your house or apartment, you have been working hard and making good progress.  Quickly, you realize that you can’t do it all alone.  You need others to help bring it all together and pull it off.  You need to meet the right people who can help you in the areas that you aren’t as gifted in.  You need a co-working incubator for serious entrepreneurs.

Herb Sih and his partners at Think Big couldn’t find the perfect co-working space, so they decided to create it.  Herb believes in the creative entrepreneur.  Bizperc and the Think Big Partners are always on the lookout for exciting new businesses to bring into the Bizperc space.  And the space?  …it’s amazing.

What you will hear.

  • How to Think BIG. (it’s an attitude)
  • Brainstorming and idea creation.
  • Meeting people, networking, collaborating.
  • The building and the view…stunning!
  • The contest, free giveaway… the first ten people to complete the (easy) task get a punch card for three free days at the Bizperc co-working office space. ($45 value)  Find out how to enter at the end of the podcast.

Listen to our chat on iTunes

This episode of Beatnik Radio is brought to you by James Hoffman Book Keeping.  Personal and small business accounting, done.  He’s My Accountant!  -Derek

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Building and De-constructing a Robot Balloon with Brian Bustos – Beatnik Radio

Brian Bustos knows the feeling and has the cure.  When you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, it’s all up to you (but it doesn’t have to be).  You might quickly become a jack of all trades and a king of nothing.  Best described as more of a finder than a founder, an employee rather than a focused, specialized producer of great works.

Do what you set out to do – not everything but.

Brian and I chat about the struggles that new entrepreneurs face and how to manage those growing pains that come along with your hard work and success.  We chat about other fun things also…

  • How to stay focused on the work you do best and leave everything else in good hands.
  • Dirtbag Arts, a recurring event focused on local Kansas City artists (a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair).
  • The Brain hurricane, a super-secret underground Master Mind entrepreneurs group that Brian and I are members of.

Listen to our amazing chat on iTunes.

Speaking of staying focused and letting someone else take care of the other stuff…

This episode of Beatnik Radio is brought to you by James Hoffman Accounting.  Mr. Hoffman can be found at The Kansas City Accounting Firm.

Reach James here.  He’s My Accountant! – Derek

Who is next in the Beatnik Radio Book?

p.s. The Minimalists are coming to Kansas City!  Wednesday, Dec 7th at 7 pm.  This is a Beatnik Radio Approved Affair.  Stay tuned for a very exciting bonus Beatnik Radio interview with The Minimalists!

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Conveniently Natural – Brian and Kim Gordon – The Newest Beatnik Radio Guests

The name says it all.

My wife Carrie and I saw the sign go up six months ago at Southwest Trafficway and 37th street.  We saw a flyer or two around town and then we decided to go for it.  We ordered a week’s worth of food, and it was delivered to our front door. It was delicious –  and super healthy!  A win, win, win.  Speaking of winning, at the end of this podcast episode, we will tell you how to enter to win a week’s worth of free food, delivered to your front door (KC metro only) from Conveniently Natural!  Sweet!

The story behind the food is even better.  The entrepreneurial couple behind the story is the best part.  Join us as I chat with Brian and Kim Gordon, founders of Conveniently Natural.

We talk about the following:

  • How Brian decided to leave a cushy job with “the fortune one company” to pursue his passion,
  • Fantastic advice from Kim on starting and running a small business,
  • Brian’s journey to discover the cure for his acid reflux, insomnia, I.B.S. and digestive issues,
  • How important it is to research and be aware of what we are putting into our bodies.

Listen to our chat on Beatnik Radio

This episode of Beatnik Radio is brought to you by James Hoffman Accounting.  Mr. Hoffman can be found at The Kansas City Accounting Firm.Reach James here.

He’s My Accountant! – Derek

Next week, how to deconstruct a Robot Ballon with Brian Bustos.  Also, what is Dirtbag Arts?

Keep it B.E.A.T.

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The Minimalists Are Coming to Kansas City! (and to a city near you)

The Minimalists, being minimal.

A Beatnik Radio Approved Event.

The Minimalists are going on tour! They are coming to Kansas City on Wednesday, Dec 7th at 7 PM. Location = The Roasterie Cafe in Brookside, 6223 Brookside Blvd. They have agreed to a short interview on Beatnik Radio. These guys are great. They just came out with two great e-books:

Book 1: Minimalism: Essential Essays: An edited collection of 29 of our favorite essays about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. This 133-page collection also contains a special forward by Joshua and Ryan, as well as two bonus essays you can’t find anywhere else.

The book is organized into seven interconnected themes:

  1. Living in the Moment
  2. Emotional Health
  3. Growth
  4. Contribution
  5. Passion and Mission
  6. Taking Action
  7. Change and Experimentation

ONLY $3.99 Check it out

Book 2: Falling While Sitting Down: Stories

Writing and reading literary fiction has been my passion for a long time. I’ve worked incredibly hard this year writing the best fiction of my life—I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life.

While I work through multiple revisions and drafts of my novel, As a Decade Fades, I decided to publish four of my favorite stories (some long, some short). As a bonus, this collection features three great stories from three of my friends: Colin Wright, Chase Night, and Mark D. Robertson.

This book is is deliberately short (about 25,000 words). Its seven stories can be read in just a few sittings (or one story at a time if you prefer). Although this collection is short, it is filled with meaningful content.

About the Book

What does it mean to be human? How does a person find meaning in his or her life?

The first four stories in this collection, written by Joshua Fields Millburn, discuss the struggles we face as we attempt to discover the meaning of our lives.

In It’s All So Quiet in Brooklyn—this collection’s longest piece—we watch a young but aging musician as he approaches 30 and finds himself coping with loneliness and depression in the aftermath of several life-changing events. He feels utterly alone, so he leaves Ohio to search for meaning in the most unlikely place: Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.

A Radically Attenuated History of Generation X is, as the title suggests, an incredibly short story that attempts to summarize a particular ethos for an entire generation through the eyes of two characters on a dinner date.

The title story, Falling While Sitting Down, follows an unnamed boy through eighteen years of growing up in an extraordinarily dysfunctional family, showing the emotional muscles it takes to survive such circumstances (this piece is the closest thing to autobiographical fiction I’ve ever written).

The collection’s final story, The Loneliest Man in the World, considers the loneliness and real-life costs of poor relationship decisions from the point of view of a particularly troubled man.

3 Bonus Stories by 3 Talented Young Writers

Also only $3.99 Check it out

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write essays about minimalism and living a meaningful life with less stuff.

The Mimimalists are Beatnik Radio Approved.

Check them out here and come meet them on Dec 7th.

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