In this episode of the show, we dive into how to create long-term "job joy", whether you're an entrepreneur, corporate executive, or somewhere in-between.
Episode in a Nutshell:
Liz welcomes career expert and entrepreneur Kristen Zavo to the podcast. Kristen is the author of the international best-selling book Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning and Happiness in Your Career which aims to help people find job satisfaction at all levels. Kristen walks us through her career journey in traditional big business to her current work as a career coach. Kristen and Liz talk about the importance of finding balanced happiness in your work while business-building. Kristen also emphasizes the possibility of loving your job while making great money.
In detail, we covered:
01:10 – Introducing today’s guest, Kristen Zavo
01:54 – Kristen shares her corporate background and roles
04:21 – Kristen’s realizations in her corporate job
09:53 – Kristen’s academic journey
11:40 – The transition to entrepreneurship
14:10 – Ups and downs of coaching entrepreneurs & executives
17:42 – Kristen’s experiences and challenges in running her own business
19:54 – Importance of time and self-management & how it affects driven people
22:51 – The realities of business building
24:47 – The significance of paying attention to yourself & your body
26:07 – Setting boundaries as an entrepreneur
27:10 – Kristen explains how making plans after work makes people productive
30:29 – What Zen Money means to Kristen
31:55 – The link between money and career happiness
“If we don’t listen to that inner voice our bodies are going to revolt until we do.” (08:53)
“Reflection is great and it’s so important. I don’t want people to take action for action’s sake like I did when I got my CFA; that wastes a whole lot of time and energy and sets you up for a failure.” (16:28)
“To be in integrity with your work is the most important thing, if I am helping people to build careers they love. For me it’s not just about the job, it’s how that job supports the rest of their life.” (20:51)
“If you have a propensity to be a workaholic or to be addicted to your to-do list then I would argue that quiet time is part of your work.” (29:29)
“When you’re happy at work, you don’t need the shoes, you don’t need to party. But when we’re unhappy, we create this lifestyle to compensate for the job we hate.” (32:57)
“I believe that you can love your job and you can make great money. Money doesn’t equate to happiness.” (34:54)
Over the course of her career, she's spent nearly two decades in traditional corporate jobs (including time in investment banking, financial consulting and industry), working for some of the top Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, NBC and Luxottica.
Through her work as an executive coach, international speaker, workshop facilitator and author, she has formally and informally helped thousands find job satisfaction - whether they chose to stay put, find a new job, or completely change careers.
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Are you living in "job joy" as an entrepreneur?
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Liz Lajoie, the “Zen Money CFO”, helps entrepreneurs master their finances and grow thriving businesses that support their passions and advance their big missions.