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Author: Travis Chappell

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As the world goes more virtual, it’s more and more difficult to keep making friends as adults —especially if you want friends who will bring energy to your life instead of drain it, friends with whom you can be honest, friends who have your best interest at heart, and ultimately, friends who turn you into a better version of yourself. If you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with, then making friends is the number one self-development activity you can master.

After 800 episodes of the top-rated business podcast Build Your Network, Travis Chappell learned that networking is really the same thing as just making friends with people. In this newly rebranded show, Travis Makes Friends, it’s Travis’ goal to simply give listeners like you a chance to get to know world-class performers who can help you become a better version of yourself and share his connection secrets in the process.

If you want friends that push you to be better, then subscribe to the show and join Travis as he has conversations with world-class athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, entertainers like Rob Dyrdek, authors like Dr. Nicole LePera, former presidents like Vicente Fox, or even the occasional FBI hostage negotiator, billionaire real estate mogul, polarizing political figure, or controversial social media influencer.

It’s time to stop networking and start making better friends.

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Welcome back to another episode of Freestyle Friday on the Travis Makes Friends Podcast. Here is a summary of today's episode:Quote of the Week:"Extremity expands capacity." – Ed MylettHot Take:You've been sold a lie: "If you're not upgrading your life, you're failing." Life isn't linear, and I learned this the hard way. In my 20s and early years of marriage, we moved ten times, constantly upgrading and accumulating more. But when my sales team quit, I faced a choice: rebuild or downsize. I chose the latter and rediscovered my true goals. We downsized, focused on my side hustle, and achieved financial success. I realized that constantly upgrading is often undisciplined spending. So, evaluate your financial situation, prioritize investments in yourself, and don't be afraid to downgrade if it aligns with your long-term vision.The Breakdown:Find out how the hell Grant Cardone, a child of immigrants, ex-drug addict, and former car salesman, built a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio in less than eight years. His key strategy was focusing on attention rather than money. Grant's mission is for eight billion people to know his name, not necessarily like him. Familiarity breeds trust, and by consistently delivering value and fulfilling promises, he gained people's trust over time. The lesson is to prioritize earning attention that can eventually translate into trust, rather than solely focusing on immediate ROI.Q&A:Travis lists the three interviews he considers tentpole episodes of his show, discusses how certain interviews and conversations have challenged his beliefs, talks about the importance of maintaining connections with guests and so much more.Resources Mentioned:The Power of One More by Ed Mylett – Your Well Before Your Thirsty by Harvey Mackay – Offer for Travis Makes Friends Listeners:Get 16 free meals with the Hello Fresh discount code Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
In today’s Midweek Mashup, we dive deep into the true value of podcasting beyond just sponsorships and profit. We will explore how this flexible platform fosters personal connections and provides significant growth potential while multitasking. We'll discuss how running a podcast can build valuable relationships and reinforce the idea of positive actions leading to positive outcomes.Learn why consistency, focusing on your audience, and perseverance are key to podcasting success, taking cues from figures like Gary Vaynerchuk. Understand how podcasting offers unique rapport-building and unprecedented opportunities to engage with influential people, making it a valuable publicity tool.What Travis explained: - Why podcasting is not just for sponsorships and profit; it's a flexible platform that allows audiences to consume content while multitasking, fostering a personal connection through voice, and remains a platform with significant growth potential.- How running a podcast allows the host to build valuable relationships by providing a platform for others, while creating value without necessarily expecting anything in return, thereby reinforcing the idea that good actions lead to good outcomes.- Why podcasting success requires consistent content delivery, a focus on who is listening regardless of audience size, and perseverance in the face of low initial traction, as exemplified by figures like Gary Vaynerchuk; unrealistic expectations often hinder progress and nurturing even a single listener can lead to substantial growth.- Podcasting enables unique rapport building and opens up opportunities for personal and professional growth by allowing hosts to engage in meaningful conversations with influential people they may not have access to otherwise, and serving as a valuable publicity tool for the guests. - Why consistency and quality are paramount, as success often comes to those who persistently produce good content, even in the face of challenges or slow audience growth.Tune in to learn why maintaining consistency and quality are paramount for success in this space, even when faced with challenges or slow audience growth. Subscribe now, so you don't miss out on this insightful episode. Stay connected, stay informed, and let's keep the conversation going.Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Dan Novaes is the CEO of Mode Mobile - whose vision is to sustainably offer a free smartphone & data plan to every person on the planet. Their "Earn As You Go" software enables millions of budget-conscious consumers to earn additional passive income through daily habits. They are also the creators of Mode Earn Phone (, the first-ever smartphone that pays you. What Travis and Dan discussed:How Dan started a company that capitalized on budget-conscious users' habits by creating an "earning operating system," offering rewards for activities on their smartphones, which evolved into a hardware-software integration model aiming to incentivize user activities through revenue-sharing agreements with advertisers.Dan, an entrepreneur with a history of entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy from a young age, built successful ventures by identifying and leveraging arbitrage opportunities, initially with Playboy magazines and Pokémon cards, later with Polo Ralph Lauren jackets, and eventually in the electronics market, exploiting the price difference between U.S. and Brazilian markets.The importance of adaptability and learning from experiences in entrepreneurial endeavors; Dan asserts that while having a vision is crucial, it's equally significant to make adjustments along the way, hire for areas of weakness, and maintain a balance between heads-down work and outward-facing activities.Why networking activities, including attending conferences or masterminds, can open up unforeseen opportunities and lead to a significant return on investment, though it requires intentional effort and can be difficult to balance with focused work time.Living to 120 years, crowdfunding, and much more!Join us for an eye-opening discussion with Dan Novaes, the innovative CEO of Current Mobile, in our latest podcast episode. Listen as Dan shares his entrepreneurial journey from trading Pokémon cards to building a revolutionary tech company that's changing the way we use smartphones. Discover the importance of adaptability in entrepreneurship, how to strike a balance between focused work and networking, and even explore the concept of living to 120 years! Are you ready to gain insights that can reshape your entrepreneurial mindset? Click the link to listen to the episode now!Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. - Marcus AreliusIn today’s Freestyle Friday we dive deep into locker room etiquette, Rob Dyrdeck’s success on MTV, live events, dream guests, Travis’s favorite social media clip of all time and much more!Main takeaways:Working on your fitness routine should also include the exercise of swiftly transitioning from 'naked dude' to 'dressed dude' in the locker room, for the sake of other people's eyeballs.How Rob Dyrdeck's show "Ridiculousness" dominates 60% of MTV's programming due to its unique ability to cater to modern viewing habits, serving as an alternative to streaming, network TV, or other traditional cable content, and allowing viewers to easily engage with the show at any point.How 'Ridiculousness,' is a result of Rob Dyrdeck's unique vision, persistence, adaptability to market changes, and strategic business decisions, enabling it to transcend demographics and become a significant pop culture phenomenon.Travis answers your questions:Why Grant Cardone’s social media clip from Build Your Network is one of Travis’s favorites of all time.How do you create an amazing in-person event that ladders back up to your platform?How hard was it to adjust to the real world after leaving a Baptist surrounding?Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Today's conversation is less about the three-pointer and more about the three P's – Post-Career, Perspectives, and Profits.Today, we have an exciting midweek mashup episode for you featuring not one, not two, but three phenomenal guests. And there's an intriguing twist – they've all sported a Laker jersey during their illustrious careers. We're welcoming on board the legendary Shaquille O'Neal (@shaq), the multitalented John Salley(@johnsalley), and the versatile Matt Barnes(@matthewkbarnes).Our focus in this episode is a seldom-discussed aspect of being an athlete – the shift from the court to the boardroom. How do you build a career when the cheering crowds fade and the spotlight dims? How do you make money and sustain the same level of success and fame you once had when every day was game day?We will be unraveling the methods behind their continual money-making, their approach to business, and how they choose what ventures to plunge into. You'll gain insights into their relationships, their business mindsets, and the life lessons they've gleaned from switching their identity from superstar athletes to savvy entrepreneurs.John Salley’s main Takeaways:How John utilized his time at the 1989 NBA All-Star game to not only enjoy the experience but to also establish a foundation for their future in media and broadcasting, underscoring the importance of continually learning and adapting in one's career.Why learning and mastering any skill is like training a muscle; through consistent and dedicated practice, it becomes easier and more instinctual over time.Listen to John Salley’s full episode hereShaq’s main takeaway: - Why both who you know and what you know are important in life: Shaq believes that personal connections can lead to business opportunities, while expertise and experience can guide others and contribute to personal success.Listen to Shaq’’s full episode hereMatt Barnes’s main takeaways: - Why instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in children from a young age and exposing them to various opportunities can equip them for future success, regardless of whether they pursue traditional careers or carve their own paths. - Matt’s strong focus on social equity, commitment to investing in disruptive tech applications in varied spaces such as gaming and parenting, and how he’s utilizing his networking abilities and resources to create opportunities for minorities and underrepresented communities.Listen to Matt’s full episode here--Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Neel Dhingra (@neelhome) is a mortgage industry expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has served in various leadership roles in some of the most reputed companies in the mortgage industry. Dhingra is not just known for his professional acumen in mortgage banking, but also for his passion for personal development, content creation, and education. Neel also runs a successful YouTube channel where he regularly posts educational content and advice on the mortgage industry, financial fitness, and personal development.If you want to transform your business and life with expert strategies and next-level thinking, sign up for his live event: Forward Event 2023What Travis and Neel discussed: Why despite coming from a conservative immigrant family that advocated traditional career paths, Neil was drawn into the mortgage finance industry. He navigated significant challenges such as the 2008 financial crash, but through resilience and strategic pivots, he and his brother built a successful business. How Neel began utilizing social media in 2018 as a means of marketing, learning from figures like Gary Vaynerchuk about the importance of content creation, focusing on the idea of building a personal brand and online presence.  The significance of reaching the right audience, rather than simply going for large numbers. This approach has guided Neel’s content strategy and helped him connect with the individuals who are most likely to resonate with his message and engage with his brand.Why being relatable and authentic is an essential asset in entrepreneurship and why consistently showing your audience your progress, growth, and proven results can build trust and engagement.  Why Neel believes that networking and making new contacts is the most beneficial aspect of attending such events. Neel also shares his strategies to create collaboration opportunitiesDon't miss out on our latest podcast episode! Today, we're featuring the journey of Neel Dhingra, the entrepreneur turned content creator. Neel shares his experiences, the tricks of his trade, and the secrets behind his successful shift from traditional business to digital platforms. He also spills the beans on creating high-impact short-form video content that skyrockets your presence on platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Shorts.This episode is a goldmine for anyone looking to enhance their personal brand, optimize their social media game, or simply learn from the best. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Every minute of the listener's time is earned. The Travis Makes Friends Podcast is back with a new direction. After over six years of podcasting, we’ve learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things lessons learned is that it's not enough to just start a podcast. You need to build a show. This means creating something that is interesting and engaging, and that will keep your audience coming back for more.We have decided to make some changes to the format of the podcast. Starting next week, we’ll be releasing new episodes three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.Main takeaways from the new direction of the show:Travis’s advice for creators: Don't just start a podcast. Build a show. This means creating something that is interesting and engaging, and that will keep your audience coming back for more. Think about how you can combine different elements, such as interviews, segments, games, and music, to create a unique and memorable experience for your listeners.Add value to your listeners by providing entertainment, motivation, and inspiration. This will help you to build a loyal following of listeners who will continue to tune in week after week.What you can expect from the show from now on:Monday’s release will be our long-format interview, with high-level people who’ve achieved success and are willing to share their journey and strategies.Wednesday’s release we go back to our usual Midweek Mashup, where we’ll pick the best clips and insights from guests from our archives on a specific topic.On Freestyle Friday episodes, We’ll do discussions on trending topics, hot takes, Q&A, and much more!Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel, @travismakesfriendsFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Tori Gordon (@thetorigordon) is a trauma-informed breathwork facilitator, peak performance coach, and award-winning content creator. She is the founder of Coachable LLC, a company that helps people achieve success and fulfillment through engaging content, seminars, and coaching programs.Tori has been featured on major media outlets, including NBC, CBS, and Fox News. Her popular podcast, The Coachable Podcast, has been named one of the top five podcasts to get you through COVID-19. She is also an award-winning mental health influencer and a brand ambassador for international brands such as Nature Made, Better Health, Organify, and Natural Cycles.In 2022, Yahoo News named Tori as one of the top 10 mindset coaches in the United States. She is now a highly sought-after speaker, and has been hired by organizations such as the United Nations to share her insights on personal development and mental health.What Travis and Tori Discussed:How Tori’s competitive nature and desire to be in control shaped her into a successful leader, and how she learned to delegate and trust her team to avoid burnout.When alleviating tension and overcoming challenges, it is important to engage in practices that bring one back to the present moment, maintain a long-term perspective, and embrace the obstacles as stepping stones towards personal growth and success.The importance of identifying the root cause of stress and how aligning one's skills and responsibilities can help alleviate pressure and tension, often requiring the humility to recognize areas of weakness and make strategic hires to delegate tasks and focus on one's unique strengths.Taking action and applying acquired knowledge is crucial for personal growth and success, as consuming information without implementation leads to stagnation and lack of progress.How Tori turned her podcast into a profitable business, and how she initially focused on offering one-on-one and group coaching services, and later expanded to brand partnerships, retreats, affiliates, and strategic business decisions, while being open to new opportunities aligned with her long-term goals.Tune in to this episode as Tori Gordon shares her insights on leadership, overcoming challenges, stress management, and turning a podcast into a profitable business. Learn valuable strategies for personal growth and success, and discover how Tori navigated her journey to becoming a sought-after speaker and influential coach. Don't miss out on this inspiring conversation with Tori!Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Michael Yo (@michaelyo) is a successful comedian, actor, and host who has made a name for himself in Hollywood. He's a two-time Emmy nominee and has been heard on the Joe Rogan Experience. His critically acclaimed comedy special, I Never Thought, showcases his ability to deliver hilarious material drawn from his personal experiences as a father and loving husband.Michael has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chelsea Handler and Joe Coy, and has starred in his own Apple TV+ series, Amber Brown, and Facebook Watch's first sitcom series, Starter Pack. He's also coached the Kardashian sisters as radio DJs for their show on the E! Network. Despite his success, Michael remains grounded and relatable, with a bottomless pool of material about his family that he incorporates into his stand-up routines.What Travis and Michael discussed:Why the LA environment led Michel to reevaluate his life and relocate to places that better suited his personal and professional needs, resulting in an increased sense of calm and reduced stress.The importance of empathy and acknowledging each other's experiences and struggles, regardless of race or background, to create a more understanding and compassionate society and the power of sharing stories to find common ground.How Michael’s ignorance of standard comedy set lengths allowed him to perform longer sets and progress more quickly in his career. How Michae learned teamwork from football but suggests over-40s should swap tackling for golf or risk becoming the poster child for CrossFit-related injuries.Why effective storytelling in comedy is to be authentic, honest, and relatable, ensuring that the audience feels engaged and connected to the story without feeling blamed or alienated.Meeting Joe Rogan on Fear Factor, why Crossfit sucks and much more!Ready for a laugh-out-loud podcast episode? Tune in to hear comedian Michael Yo share hilarious stories about his family, career, and life in LA. We'll dive into why he ditched tackling and why you should too (unless you want to be a CrossFit injury poster child)! Discover the secret to effective storytelling in comedy, and how empathy can change the world. Plus, hear about the time he met Joe Rogan on Fear Factor and his true feelings about CrossFit! Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Sierra May (@itssierramay), is the founder of Sierra May Management and Sierra Snacks, she has always been drawn to the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. At a young age, Sierra pursued acting with enthusiasm, but she quickly learned that the industry was riddled with scams and unethical practices. This realization led her to choose a more stable and sustainable path, earning a degree in advertising and marketing.Though it faced initial failures and setbacks, the experience taught her the importance of persistence and resilience. Her journey not only showcased her entrepreneurial spirit but also instilled in her an appreciation for the significance of taking risks.Embracing her adventurous side, Sierra took a leap of faith and moved from Canada to Los Angeles with limited resources. This bold move allowed her to immerse herself in diverse cultures and reap the benefits of exploring new surroundings. Through her travels, Sierra discovered the power of networking and building relationships, which ultimately led to unexpected opportunities in the entertainment industry.What Travis and Sierra discussed:How Sierra developed an interest in the entertainment industry at a young age and initially pursued acting. However, she learned early on to be cautious of scams and unethical practices within the industry.Sierra’s first healthy treat business, which allowed her to explore her interest in fitness and healthy eating and what she learned from this experience, including the importance of persisting through initial failures and setbacks. The importance of taking risks and traveling and the benefits of exploring different cultures. Sierra shares her experiences of moving to LA with limited resources.How building relationships and being persistent can lead to unexpected opportunities in the entertainment industry.Why Sierra thinks a good manager focuses on the long-term success of their clients, prioritizing their clients' brands and value while seeking diverse opportunities and being selective about deals that can impact the client's reputation or growth in the industry.Today, Sierra May's journey has come full circle, as she utilizes her expertise in advertising, marketing, and entrepreneurship to successfully manage the careers of entertainers. Her dedication to ethical practices, client success, and growth has made her a respected and sought-after manager in the entertainment industry. In this episode, she shares her inspiring story and latest ventures, this is an episode you can’t miss!Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Keala Kanae (@kealakanae) started his career at a coffee shop with a 500 credit score and living in his mother's spare bedroom. After quitting his job, he became a successful entrepreneur and started Inspirean, a company that focuses on skillset and mindset as a dual approach to business growth. Despite facing challenges like a partnership breakup and the pandemic, Keala believes that successful entrepreneurs need to be prepared for any situation and not surrender to the struggle. He suggests constantly enhancing and innovating businesses, investing in people, and interpreting data for meaningful decisions. Lastly, he advises combining professional experience from various industries and businesses for successful development.What Travis and Keala discussed:Affiliate marketing can be a great entry point for those who want to earn an income as an entrepreneur or creative without dealing with the hassles of building a business. Keala shares his experience of failing at various businesses for over a decade before finally finding success in digital marketing and affiliate marketing.Why Keala thinks that when hiring, the main focus should be on proof of past performance and not future potencia, nor degrees or certifications, and also why culture fit is also important, as skills can be taught but character cannot be.The importance of understanding how and why linking personal values to unenjoyable tasks can lead to success in entrepreneurship, and to emphasize developing the right mindset and cultivating self-awareness.Success requires a combination of skillset and mindset; without both, opportunities can be self-sabotaged and potential left unfulfilled.How Keala has transitioned from focusing solely on paid marketing to incorporating organic marketing strategies to combat increasing advertising costs, ultimately leading to a reduced net cost per acquisition, increased customer value, and faster purchase velocity.Impactful podcasting, how to build a great product and an amazing customer experience and so much more!Don't miss our latest podcast episode featuring Keala Kanae, the founder of AWOL Academy, as he shares his inspiring journey from humble beginnings to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Discover the importance of combining skill set and mindset for business growth, the value of affiliate marketing, and why focusing on past performance is crucial when hiring. Plus, learn about Keala's transition from paid to organic marketing strategies and how it has transformed his business. Tune in now to uncover valuable insights and expert advice for thriving in the world of digital marketing! Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Nick Santonastasso (@nicksantonastasso) is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and professional model/bodybuilder who has defied the odds despite being born with no legs and one arm due to Hanhart Syndrome. Wrestling in high school helped him find his "why," and he has since become a social media sensation, appeared on TV shows, and won third place in his first bodybuilding competition. Nick shares his experience as a coach and keynote speaker, inspiring others to push beyond their limiting beliefs and live without limits.What Travis and Nick discussed:How early conditioning and upbringing can dictate our beliefs and views of the world, leading to average or exceptional lives.Becoming aware of your human experience, focusing on things you can control, identifying and breaking free from emotions that don't serve you, and prioritizing emotions like gratitude, fulfillment, and joy over material success.Why is it our responsibility to break the generational limiting beliefs and elevate our own lives and those of our children?Why radical responsibility is crucial to personal growth and success, as it allows individuals to shift from a victim mentality to causing an effect.How controlling your thoughts and emotions starts with being aware of your physiology, focus, language, and meaning.In this episode, Nick Santonastasso shares his inspiring story of defying the odds and achieving success despite being born with no legs and one arm due to Hanhart Syndrome. Nick discusses the importance of becoming aware of your human experience and focusing on things you can control, as well as breaking free from emotions that don't serve you and prioritizing emotions like gratitude, fulfillment, and joy over material success. He also emphasizes the need to break generational limiting beliefs and take radical responsibility for personal growth and success and provides practical tips for controlling thoughts and emotions through awareness of physiology, focus, language, and meaning. Whether you're facing your own challenges or simply looking for inspiration to push beyond your limits, this episode is a must-listen.Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Matt Beaudreau (@mattbeaudreu) is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant, and coach. Matt is a two-time featured TEDx speaker and the founder of Acton Academy Placer Schools, which emphasizes self-direction and the cultivation of confident, independent young people with a strong sense of character and personal responsibility. Matt has co-founded Apogee Strong, a mentorship program for young men to take on challenges presented by men who have come before them, in order to learn to lead. Additionally, he hosts a podcast called The Essential 11, which features leaders in business, sports, music, and entertainment, and is the founder of the Apogee Strong Foundation, which provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for young men worldwide. Matt is launching the Apogee Strong Dads Program in 2023, aimed at bringing back classic masculinity in the home.What Travis and Matt discussed:Growing up in a diverse neighborhood in Northern California exposed Matt to different socioeconomic backgrounds and lifestyles. Why Matt considered a career with the Secret Service but was warned against sacrificing his integrity by a Secret Service agent, and instead pursued the opportunities.The importance of personal responsibility, work ethic, and living by a code of principles, including harnessing male-driven character traits like aggression, while maintaining discipline and control, and recognizing them as tools.The challenges of parenting and raising young men in a culture that undermines masculinity, and the importance of modeling honorable virtues and providing tools to navigate the obstacles.11 essential rules for living a principled life, which include being honest, working hard, being disciplined, taking responsibility, and more.Join Travis as they discuss the importance of personal responsibility, principles, and classic masculinity in today's society. Learn about Matt's background and his journey toward becoming a leader in education and mentorship. Discover the 11 essential rules for living a principled life and gain valuable insights on parenting and raising young men in a culture that undermines masculinity. Tune in now and get inspired to cultivate confident and independent young people with a strong sense of character and personal responsibility!Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Rob Dyrdek (@robdyrdek) became a professional athlete at the age of 16 and started his first business at 18. Growing up around entrepreneurs, he quickly learned the power of building brands, which he used to turn a rising footwear and apparel brand into a $500 million international company. He went on to launch the world's first true professional skateboarding league, Street League Skateboarding, and a first-of-its-kind skateboarding channel, ETN.Dyrdek also found success in television with shows like Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, and Ridiculousness, which is currently on its 10th season. He created a brand-new talent competition show, Amazingness, his fourth show on the network. With over two decades of experience building his intellectual properties and working with top brands around the world, he started developing the groundwork for his full-service venture studio, Dyrdek Machine.What Travis and Rob discussed:The importance of building a strong foundation for children's growth and development by instilling a love for learning, and allowing them to take risks, he also shares his upbringing and early successes in TaeKwonDo, soccer, and skateboarding, shaped by his parents' blend of optimism and caution.How Rob pursued his wildest dreams of turning pro, moving to California, and starting a company, becoming an entrepreneur within the ecosystem after being sponsored by DC.Using creative and design skills to pitch and create innovative shoes for DC, proposing a royalty-based deal structure that allowed him to design a third of the entire line and make a lot of money.The secret behind Ridicoulesness's success on TV.The importance of having a clear vision, putting in the work, and building a system to achieve goals, using their personal experience as an example.Rob’s approach to creating systems is not only for his business but for his personal and family lifeIf you're looking for inspiration and insight into building a successful career and fulfilling life, you won't want to miss this podcast episode featuring Rob Dyrdek. From his early success as a professional athlete and entrepreneur to his more recent accomplishments in television and venture capital, Rob has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.Check the full episode +. transcript hereFollow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Ed Mylett (@edmylett) is a highly successful entrepreneur and business leader who grew up in Diamond Bar, CA. As the only boy in his family with three younger sisters, Ed's father served as his first example of what it takes to succeed in life. From a young age, Ed knew that he didn't want to spend his life working for someone else and instead set his sights on becoming his own boss. His drive and determination have made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs of his generation. He is also the author of the bestselling book The Power Of One More and host of The Ed Mylett ShowWhat Travis and Ed Discussed:How the book shares Mylett's strategies for success and happiness while leaving a legacy for future generations.Balancing self-confidence with humility is important to avoid burnout, ego, and being a drain on others.Instilling mental toughness, resilience, and relentlessness in children is crucial for their self-esteem and belief in themselves.Why Ed believes that balance is a fallacy and that being fully present in each area of life is key.Ed shares his morning routine which includes: prayer, hydration, stretching, coffee, working out and more.Why Ed believes that having control over the first and last 30 minutes of the day gives him the illusion of control over the rest of his day.Ed’s inspiring relationship with God and much moreDon't miss out on the chance to hear from highly successful entrepreneur and author, Ed Mylett In this episode, Ed shares his strategies for success and happiness while leaving a legacy for future generations, as well as his thoughts on mental toughness, resilience, and being fully present in each area of life. Learn about his inspiring relationship with God and his morning routine. Click now to listen and be inspired!Follow Travis on:G 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Tanner Chidester (@tanner.chidester) is the founder of Tanner Chidester Fitness and is also a personal fitness trainer and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He owns several 7-figure businesses and also provides training to help business owners make money online. One of those businesses is Elite CEOs, a 60+ million dollar company in the online business world. What Travis and Tanner discussed:●     Growing up with a big family in Houston and working out young●     How positive recognition impacts your life●     How Tanner made millions through internet marketing●     The difference between arrogance and confidence●     The future of online marketing●     Tanner’s philosophy in life In this generation where everything is in social media, how do you stand out and make an impact? Learn from one of the best online entrepreneurs, Tanner Chidester as he shares his simple beginnings – how he dominated the internet marketing space while living through his own personal beliefs.Check the full uncut video interview + transcript hereIG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Whitney Miller (@whitnlove) hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, where her passion for sports led her to excel in soccer, track, and surfing. She made headlines in 2012 by winning the Miss United States title, breaking the stereotype that beauty pageant winners had to conform to a certain standard.After an intriguing career shift, Whitney delved into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, showcasing her versatility and dedication to her craft.Currently, Whitney is focused on her newest venture as a country singer, with the impending release of her latest single, “15 Minutes of Fame” Her journey serves as an inspiration to those who seek to follow their dreams, no matter the path they choose to take.For more info, check: whitneymillermusic.comWhat Whitney and Travis Discussed:The significance of finding a trusted community of people to write with when pursuing songwritingHow songwriting can transform small ideas into great songs with unpredictable outcomesWhitney's story of overcoming her fear of singing and pursuing her passion for musicThe importance of reinventing yourself repeatedly for success later in lifeTips for networking as a songwriter in NashvilleDiscussion on musicians in podcasting, the music industry in Nashville, and moreIn this podcast episode, we discuss the importance of finding a community of trusted people to write with while pursuing songwriting. We explore how songwriting can turn small ideas into great songs and how it can transform your life. We hear from Whitney Miller, who overcame her fear of singing in front of others and pursued her passion for music. We also discuss why reinventing yourself is crucial for success later in life and how to network as a songwriter in Nashville. Additionally, we touch on musicians in podcasting, the music industry in Nashville, and more.Follow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Steve Sims (@stevedsims) is the founder and CEO of the luxury concierge service Bluefish. He is an entrepreneur known for being “The Real Life Wizard of Oz” according to Entrepreneur Magazine for his reputation for making the impossible possible.       Check out and grab your own copy of Go For Stupid here: What Travis and Steve discussed:●     How alone time helped Steve in achieving his goals●     Talking to yourself and making the uncomfortable comfortable●     The Story of Bluefish●     Two sides of the coin for entrepreneurs with their peers●     Relationships versus connections and more… Searching for a clear path to your dreams and goals takes time. Join Travis and Steve in this episode as they discuss personal and interpersonal connections and relationships, and how they pitch the most unbelievable entrepreneurial ideas to their friends and make it happen. Tune in and make your dreams a reality!Check the full uncut video interview + transcript hereFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
John Di Domenico (@thejohnnydshow) is a well-known corporate entertainer and character actor who provides customized content-driven comedy to his clients based on their mission, objectives, and goals. He exceeds expectations in his roles as a game show host, presenter, comedian, or character by bringing his unique blend of experience, talent, creativity, and reliability to every event.John's passion for creating spectacular, meaningful, and memorable events have led him to a diverse array of outstanding performances and kept him in high demand. John is mostly known for his Donald Trump impression. What Travis and John discussed:John’s journey to becoming a successful actor and comedian,his early experiences performing impressions and developing his skills through speech therapy.Why success comes from a combination of recognizing the limitations of one's background and having a strong desire to achieve more.How John’s father's words about not getting rich working for someone else influenced him to work hard and pursue his own success.The importance of maximizing one's potential and using the resources available to succeed in today's world. Intentional living and taking small steps towards your goals, John shares all the nuances and stories of doing his most famous impression: Donald Trump and much more!Tune in to learn more about John Di Domenico's journey to becoming a successful actor and comedian. Discover the importance of recognizing one's limitations, having a strong desire to achieve more, and maximizing one's potential with the resources available to succeed in today's world. Join us to gain insights into intentional living and taking small steps towards one's goals, even when the finish line is not yet in sight.Check the full uncut video interview + transcript hereFollow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating!Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
Dr. Nicole Lepera is the @the.holistic.psychologist whose work addresses the connection between the mind, body, and soul incorporating overall lifestyle and psychological wellness practices. She is the creator of the #SelfHealers movement where people from around the world are joining together in a community to take healing into their own hands. Grab a copy of How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery What Travis and Nicole discussed:●     Meeting yourself through the process of inquiry●     How to not fall victim into your circumstances●     Living out of habit and finding your true self●     Parenting and children’s curiosity●     Understanding and taking full control of your mind, body, and soul Most people find themselves lost and unable to identify their authentic selves. Could this be from your past experiences from childhood or your current lifestyle and environment? Are you among these people? Start your holistic healing journey with Dr. Nicole LePera in this episode. Check the full video interview + transcript hereHead over to and subscribe to Travis’s free newsletter.Follow Travis on:IG 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 👉🏻 Subscribe to Travis Makes Friends on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and don’t forget to leave a 5-star rating! Advertising Inquiries: & Opt-Out:
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Travis Bakos

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Shelby Wachtendorf Colorado Springs Realtor

Hi Travis! I love your podcast. I am a Realtor and am always seeking ways on how to improve my ability to serve my clients to the highest degree. Like Jordan, I am currently building my business brick by brick - with the exception this is the first time I am building a business - and have realized that there are key elements, such as networking, that in the long term makes or breaks a business. This segment was fantastic as it dawned on me that interviewing skills are just as crucial in your industry as for mine. Approaching anyone with the intention to build a relationship takes interviewing skills - I have never heard it put that way before. Perhaps a significant part of this skill is about being interested in the person, not interesting. I also loved Jordan's acronym of Always Be Giving! Thanks for providing a great resource. ~ Shelby

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Luna Artemis

This is so deceiving. This is not about networking with billionaires..

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Alex Hillenbrand

A great show with great guests, learn how to network the right way & build meaningful relationships. Travis hosts in a relaxed friendly manner getting real value from his guests. Keep up the good work Travis.

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