Episode 17:

Kristen Zavo

Finding Your Job Joy

August 19, 2019

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

Sound Bites:

  • “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)

About Kristen

Kristen is a former financial executive, career coach, speaker and the author of the best-selling Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning and Happiness in Your Career.


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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