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Week 2 Update

Mr. B gives an update on his yearly goals, which you can find here: He also has an assignment for the week: take a minute and appreciate something you normally take for granted. (You'll hear Mr. B's at the end of the episode).

Duration: 00:09:36

Week 1 Update

On my website,, I've been doing a daily series for the new year. I provided a short audio update of how my own goals are going for this New Year. In last week's episode, I talked about how a new year is a great opportunity to think about who you are and who you want to be; to ask: what's working and what's not? This brief episode takes a look at how that is going for me.

Duration: 00:08:42

New Year, New You

I love New Years! It's a great opportunity to think about what worked, what didn't work, and what you'd like to do the next year. I have many goals. You can track some on: This episode looks at the first steps of reinvention, and also shares my goals for 2018.

Duration: 00:22:52

Merry Christmas

In this very short episode, Mr. B simply says Merry Christmas. To me, Christmas is a time of hope; of hope in the midst of darkness. It is a reminder that at any point, on any day, in the middle of any storm, we can find hope and rebirth.

Duration: 00:02:07

Sleeping on the Couch with Joseph LIddell

Why does Joseph sleep on the couch, especially when he has a large bedroom about fifteen feet away? Tune in to listen. The answer is probably different than what you think. In this episode, Joseph provides some insight into putting the goal first, focusing on what you want, and providing perspective on when it goes slightly awry.

Duration: 00:49:08

Listener Question - 12/11

This week, I was asked: How do you deal with discouragement along the way to your goal? Great question, listen to find out. And if you'd like an off the cuff answer, send in your questions to

Duration: 00:05:00

Was the Write Now. Experiment a Failure?

On December 1st and 5th, I was supposed to be hosting two events, called: Write Now. They'd been planned and scheduled for months, and advertised daily for over a month. But no one signed up. This begs the question: Was the Write Now. Experiment a Failure?

Duration: 00:16:04

Morning Routine - Listener Question

This week's question was: How do you start your morning? Any advice on a morning routine. Here are the answers from me and my brother in law. Send any further questions to:

Duration: 00:05:46

Whimsy Librarian!

It was fun to have my wife, Jessica on the podcast. In this episode, I interview Jessica. We talk about her career, how she got into her career, and how you can follow your dreams as well! At the end of the episode, I ask Jessica to recommend a few books. So, here Whimsy Librarian Recommends: Have a great Thanksgiving!

Duration: 00:53:05

Get Your Foot in the Door and Bring Your A-Game

This is a very personal episode for me. The summation of it is in the title. If there is something you want to do, get your foot in the door and do it. Once in, bring your A-game. You don't know who will see, who is watching, or when your path may cross with someone else in the future. I believe in each listener, and want success for you. This is also a lesson I wish I would have heard and lived 10-years ago. So, I'm starting now.

Duration: 00:29:16

Listener Question

Happy Halloween!!! Today's question: how do you deal with somebody in your life that you have to see but find annoying? Great question, here's my response.

Duration: 00:06:55

Summer Tom

My sister calls me Summer Tom when I'm more relaxed. My wife likes that Tom more than the other. This episode looks at how to balance who you are with what you love, at how to pursue your dreams with dignity and passion. Pursuing dreams with dignity and passion is what Season 2 of Beyond the Classroom is all about. Summer Tom kicks that off. If you have any questions or comments, send them to:

Duration: 00:20:30

Season 2 Intro

Season 2 of Beyond the Classroom: life lessons with Mr. B is going to be about finding your calling, and pursuing it in the best possible way. How do you start? How do you set yourself apart? Why you? These types of things. The format will be a bit different than last year. The first Tuesday of the month will have original content. This will be the 'lesson' on how to pursue your talent, skill, or calling. Two weeks later, there will be an interview with someone that is doing that thing...

Duration: 00:03:41

Kyrie - Summer School pt. IV

Cleveland has had a great run these past three years. They've been to the finals three straight times, and won one championship. It's great for fans, the city, and seemingly everyone but Kyrie Irving. I think there's something to learn in this. Patience for one. Humility for another. And appreciating what you've got for a third. This episode wraps up Summer School, and Beyond the Classroom will be taking a few weeks off. We'll be back after Labor Day with a fresh season about how to be...

Duration: 00:10:15

Do You! - Summer School pt. III

There's a still, small voice inside everyone of us. We can listen, or ignore it. Listening can light a fire that changes the world - from everyone to those around you. Ignoring it has the extended effect of denying passion, limiting creativity, and settling for mediocrity. Settling for mediocrity is not what Beyond the Classroom is about. How do you get there? Do You!

Duration: 00:11:41

Summer School - Pt. 2

If your pattern is broken, you're going to have to adjust. That adjustment can be difficult, so you may need to face it with honesty or change your reward system.

Duration: 00:10:58

Summer School - Pt. I

Who wants to go to summer school? The question doesn't really matter; if you have to go, you have to go. And if you have to go, you might as well make the best of it.

Duration: 00:12:06

Summer School - Teaser

Happy 4th! Let's love our neighbors, all of them. I'll be releasing four episodes this summer: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1. See you next week!

Duration: 00:01:33

Deuces Wild

Little things can become big things. Big things can not happen because of the little things. The Rule of 2's is a way to think about what is big and what is little, so that you can put things in better perspective.

Duration: 00:14:14

Listener Question #1

Mr. B was asked, "What are your three favorite books and why?" In this episode, he answers. The books are so good, that even though it may be a spoiler, here they are: 1. The Brothers K, by David James Duncan 2. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck 3. Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger Here, you can hear the reasons why. Check them out at your local bookstore or library!!!

Duration: 00:09:40

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