A Near-Death Experience Was a Wakeup Call for Marketer-Turned-Coach Matthew Korban

A Near-Death Experience Was a Wakeup Call for Marketer-Turned-Coach Matthew Korban


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My guest for Episode #118 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Matthew Korban, a Certified Health Coach, Executive Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker. Born in Beirut, but based in Ohio now, he is also a 5-time black belt martial artist who practices meditation and Yoga daily.

In today's episode, Matthew shares his “favorite mistake” story, the “first 40 years” of his life, as he put it, and how a surgical procedure was a “wake up call” and his “near-death experience” shifted him into significant weight loss (over 200 pounds) and a new career direction.

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Why was he working 15-16 hours a day? Status, money, attention
  • Is it tough marketing balance and a healthier lifestyle??
  • Cannot use some marketing tactics with people 
  • Have to prioritize — we cannot have it all
  • Developing better habits? Make Positive Habit Changes
  • Giving away a free 50-minute coaching session

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"I think my favorite mistake... I mean, it's my first, maybe 40 years of my life. It's how I was leading my life, how I was working. "  - MATTHEW KORBAN
"You have to prioritize, you have to build your priority list... And if you think you can have everything, you're mistaken. You cannot have everything — you're going to end up compromising something. "  - MATTHEW KORBAN
"I want them to know that I was lucky to come back to life and I want to help everyone. I mean, it is a mistake what I did, but it got me where I am today. " - MATTHEW KORBAN

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.