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How to Split a Toaster episode 715

The Lifelong Journey to Being a Better Human… and Not an A-Hole • with Author and Filmmaker Brian Ronalds

Why Is It So Hard to Not Be an A-Hole Sometimes?

Brian Ronalds is back, author behind the How Not to Be an A-Hole series! On today’s episode, Brian joins Seth and Pete to take a closer look at one of the key factors that play into the divorce scenario: one of the partners is an a-hole.  But sometimes, that a-hole is you. Why is it so hard to get past this? Brian is back to share what it takes to look at yourself to work at being a better person who isn’t an a-hole. It’s a challenge, particularly as sometimes it involves figuring out what part of your issues in the marriage, the divorce, or post-divorce are because you and your partner/ex were a bad fit, and what parts are because you are being an a-hole.

Sometimes it means therapy. Sometimes, it’s working really hard to avoid those kneejerk reactions, particularly when it comes to texts. (Don’t text back right away!) But it’s worth it in the long run to work on these things. As Brian says, “It’s lazy to get dirty, and it’s hard to go above what they’d expect of you.”

We have a great conversation today with him and are thrilled to have him returning to chat with us. Tune in!

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About Brian

Brian Ronalds is an American actor turned writer/producer/director and is the other half of “The Ronalds Brothers.” Brian’s recent credits include the horror-comedy, Netherbeast Incorporated, directed by his brother, Dean. The film stars Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, Dave Foley, Robert Wagner and Jason Mewes.

Brian has co-produced Dirty Little Trick starring Dean Cain and Michael Madsen, as well as the feature, Ashley, also directed by Dean Ronalds featuring America’s Next Top Model winner, Nicole Fox, Two and a Half Men’s Jennifer Taylor, Tom Malloy, and Michael Madsen. Along with producing films, Brian wrote for Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and is a published writer.

Brian has recently written and directed his feature film directorial debut, THE MASS SHOOTING MONOLOGUES (now titled The Last Day of the Rest of My Life). The film is both poignant and important, dealing with mass murder at a high school that was motivated by bullying. The film stars Kee Chan (Revenge of the Sith), Tom Malloy (The Alphabet Killer/Love N’ Dancing), Brennan Murray (You’re the Worst/Video Game High School) and introduces Brian’s son, Leif Ronalds.

Seth Nelson is a Tampa based family lawyer known for devising creative solutions to difficult problems. In How to Split a Toaster, Nelson and co-host Pete Wright take on the challenge of divorce with a central objective — saving your most important relationships with your family, your former spouse, and yourself.
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