Interview With Coach Jimmy Nelson: “Let’s Be Bad Together”

Interview With Coach Jimmy Nelson: “Let’s Be Bad Together”

My guest for Episode #23 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Coach Jimmy Nelson, who has been a high-performance business coach for over a decade. Using his 20+ years of experience as a stage and film performer, Coach Jimmy crafted his own personal story to create a 7-figure business and now dedicates his life to helping professionals craft their own stories to attract and impact the lives of their ideal audiences. As he says, “Tell a story, change the world.” You can learn more about his work via his website.

He also has a free eBook available now about his morning routine and what you can learn from that. You can also get free story-telling sources via

Today, we talk about Coach Jimmy's “favorite mistake” of letting external reasons become excuses. He says we need to “make stages” instead of waiting to be invited onto someone else's stage. We talk about mistakes that people make in story telling. And we discuss this blog post, “Stop blaming others and start taking action.” He says you need to “first let it hurt, then take action.” He adds, “Failure will always be part of our life, but that’s where we get our lessons from” and that's basically the theme of this entire podcast series. 

You can listen to or watch the episode below. A transcript also follows lower on this page.

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"Let's be bad together. Let me celebrate you messing up a little bit. Confidence, like, anything else comes from repetition."

"How do I quit waiting for permission from somebody else and create my own stages? That's really where everything started."

"[Success] comes from hidden hours and repetition of trying and being willing to be bad at something before you're good."

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Automated Transcript (May Contain Mistakes)

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.