Trav Bell on Making Business Decisions Out of Ego

Trav Bell on Making Business Decisions Out of Ego

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Joining me for Episode #27 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Travis (Trav) Bell, coming to us from Victoria, Australia. He's not our first guest from Australia, but he is our first Aussie accent!

Trav is a self-appointed “Bucket Listologist” a.k.a. “The Bucket List Guy.” He is a coach and a Certified Speaking Professional, and is also Founder & CEO of his coaching firm. Trav previously founded & franchised a chain of personal training studios across Australia and that's one of the things we'll talk about today in the context of his “favorite mistake.”

“Making business decisions out of ego,” is how he describes his favorite mistake.

You can find him online via his websites and

He also has a new book just out called My Bucket List Blueprint, available through Amazon.

I think you'll enjoy the conversation, as I did.

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

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"My favorite mistake is actually making decisions out of ego — business decisions out of ego rather than logical decisions."

"I've been open more and more [to being coached] as I've got older and as I've done more business."

"We're all suffering from info-besity. There's so much information out there. It's hard to decrease the noise and increase the focus with all these distractions..."

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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.