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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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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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I believe in…

The Wife (Carrie) and I

I believe in..

  • …what I am doing
  • …playing an active role in my future
  • …praying about it like it is all up to God
  • …working at it like it is all up to me
  • …making bold moves and taking risks
  • …time management
  • …doing what I love
  • …myself
  • …the reasons why I do the things that I do
Do you believe in these things for yourself?  If so, let me know.  If not, what gets you up and out of bed every morning?
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What is Beatnik Radio? We will have to wait and see…

I was asked a simple question,

and could not come up with an answer.

Person: “What is Beatnik Radio?”

Me: “uh, mmm, huh, well….eeerr.”

Take two, an attempt to give an answer:

Beatnik Radio is out of my hands and out of my control.  I do not own it.  Beatnik Radio belongs to the Kansas City community of creatives.  What happens to it and where it goes is just as much a mystery to me as it is to anyone else.  I do have specific ideas for some of the future direction, maybe.  There is an overwhelming amount of freedom and mystery infused in the crust of this new adventure.  More than enough to make certain that the future will be just as much a surprise to all of us as it will be a joy and a pleasure.

One fine Monday morning in September 2011 I woke up and had a vision.

The Goal: Capture the spirit of the Kansas City small business community and share it with others.

And there you have it.  Beatnik Radio.  Chasing The Spirit, wherever it shall lead.

Hello and Welcome to Beatnik Radio...All things business, all things beat.

The future is not yet written, at least not in any way that we could ever know or understand.  And so goes Beatnik Radio.

I love you Kansas City.  Lets figure it out together.

-Derek, a beatnik sort of business-like fellow.

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