The Beginnings of Purpose
(ft. Davin Salvagno)

Episode Summary

This season of Playmakers is all about purpose, so who better as our first guest than the founder of PurposePoint and the annual Purpose Summit, Davin Salvagno. We go deep on living with intention, building a career around personal fulfillment rather than external gratification, and much, more more. You don’t want to miss this episode or this season of Playmakers: On Purpose.

Opening Quote

“If each of us could see the difference and the impact we make every single day through the work that we— not have to do, but the work that we get to do— then we would never work a day in our life.”—Davin Salvagno

Episode Notes

Davin Salvagno is the founder and CEO of PurposePoint, having previously served in leadership roles at Costco, Macy’s, and CVS Health. He is also the co-founder of the Purpose Summit, the world’s largest purpose-centric event which this year will be held in May at the University of Notre Dame football stadium. Davin is also a thought leader whose book Finding Purpose at Work is essential reading for anyone who wants a career and life filled with purpose and intention.

[5:44] - Defining Impact
Davin gives us a clear, concise, and memorable definition
Davin defines impact as ‘when your life in some way, shape, or form enters the life of another in an indelible way.’ Indelible means your impact cannot be expunged, cannot be erased. When thought of this way, impact takes on a massive sense of responsibility.

[10:31] - Be Before You Do
Leaders start with who they are, not what they want
Davin says that “Great leaders be before they do.” That means that before leaders begin making requests and moving resources, they first must live their purpose, embrace their gifts and talents, and find their ‘why.’ Without that, they’re just managers— not true leaders of others or even themselves.

[24:44] - Lessons from Rocky
Lessons on moving forward from our favorite fictional boxer
In a recent installment in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise, Rocky Balboa tells his son, “It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” What could we accomplish in our lives and careers if we got back up just one more time after being knocked down by circumstances or mistakes? When we find our purpose, we have the inspiration to find out.

[31:10] - What Good Looks Like
A powerful North Star to follow
Davin Salvagno has spent his entire career on the hunt for ‘what good looks like’— so much so that he named his podcast after that search. When we look around us for true acts of goodness, whether in our personal lives or in the behavior of great organizations, we discover guiding principles we can follow to transform our lives and the lives of others for the better.

[36:03] - The Purpose of Every Company
Hint: it’s not making money
If you want to launch or grow an organization around purpose, ask yourself these questions— how is it making a difference? How is it altering the course of people’s lives or moods in some positive way? As Patrick Lencioni says, ‘The purpose of every company is to improve the quality of human life in some way.’ If you focus on that first, other important measurements like profits, growth, and more will follow— and you and your organization’s members will be more fulfilled along the way

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