In this episode of the show, we talk community-building, connecting with your dream clients, and creating a team of superheroes.
Episode in a Nutshell:
Liz welcomes visionary entrepreneur Giovanni Marsico to the podcast. Giovanni is the founder of Archangel Academy, a movement that curates and connects mission-driven entrepreneurs who are making real impact in the world. Giovanni is also a master of building great businesses and shares his philosophy on money, work, and community building. He speaks to the importance of establishing a strategy and continuously seeking out creative solutions. Finally, Giovanni leaves the audience with some key takeaways on how to build and serve their own tribe.
In detail, we covered:
00:54 – Introducing today’s guest, Giovanni Marsico
02:06 – Giovanni's business background
03:32 – Giovanni's views on money
04:52 – Finding balance between making money and serving others
06:19 – Giovanni speaks to the pressures he felt as a young man
08:22 – How Giovanni views work
08:57 – Community building
12:13 – Giovanni shares secrets about his Archangel events
14:03 – How Giovanni has differentiated his business.
16:32 – Lessons learned from developing the Archangel community
17:58 – Giovanni's early financial decision-making
19:27 – Learning from past mistakes
21:02 – Strategic advice Giovanni gives entrepreneurs
23:47 – How Giovanni continues to integrate fresh ideas into his business
25:13 – Giovanni speaks to managing his team
26:56 – The importance of transparency
29:42– What Zen Money means to Giovanni
31:02 - Giovanni leaves the audience with one key takeaway
31:40 - Where listeners can connect with Giovanni
"I slowly discovered that dreaming is a superpower of mine. That when I have my head in the clouds - the thing I was told not to do - I perform at my best." (02:41)
"To me, money has no polarity. It's just a tool that you use to achieve the mission." (03:58)
"I probably work harder than the average person. It doesn't feel like it. It feels like I'm a producer, creator and artist. I believe that we can all get to the point where work doesn't feel like an obligation, it feels like fascination." (08:22)
"You can't read the label of the jar you're in." (10:25)
"I focus on building the tribe first and then serving them, versus building the product first and figuring out who needs the thing." (12:37)
"If you can evoke emotion, you will retain wisdom." (16:03)
"You want to get to your zone of genius as quickly as possible, because that's where momentum happens, that's where the biggest impact and revenue happens." (22:48)
"That, to me, is what Zen Money is. Scaling and growing, impacting mission first so that you can serve so many people in a way that's never highly stressed, where you're always creating, you're always feeling like an artist, and always staying in that place." (30:29)
Giovanni is the founder of Archangel Academy a private membership community of mission-driven entrepreneurs that are making the world a better place through purpose-driven entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
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Liz Lajoie, Zen Money Strategist & CFO
Liz Lajoie, the “Zen Money CFO”, helps entrepreneurs master their finances and grow thriving businesses that support their passions and advance their big missions.