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The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno, CEO, PurposePoint + Co-Founder, Purpose Summit)

The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno, CEO, PurposePoint + Co-Founder, Purpose Summit)

Update: 2022-01-26


The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno)

The inaugural show of Season Two of Playmakers introduces our central mission: to live on purpose.


“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


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.

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[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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The Playmakers: On Purpose podcast is an all-access pass to a purpose-centered tribe of leaders in business, sports, and life who are on a mission of meaning and impact. The show takes purpose from an out of reach North Star to a practical and tactical exploration of how we can step into each day, ON PURPOSE, where life no longer happens “to us”, it begins to happen “for us”. 

From the Why Coach of the San Francisco 49ers to your coach, take a seat at the table with sports industry executive, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, Paul Epstein, in this inspiring, yet immediately actionable podcast. 

From formative stories pre-purpose to personal and professional transformation’s post-purpose, each show will share a high-energy, prescriptive blueprint to ignite impact and drive inner success, fulfillment, and purpose no matter your starting point. It’s time to meet Paul at the 50 and get ready to live and lead ON PURPOSE.

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Paul Epstein may not be a hard charging running back on the actual football field, but his list of high-profile wins in the world of sports will have you thinking that he could be.

Paul has spent nearly 15 years as a pro sports executive for multiple NFL and NBA teams, a global sports agency, and the NFL league office. He’s transformed numerous NBA teams from the absolute bottom in league revenue to top-two in financial performance. He’s broken every premium revenue metric in Super Bowl history as the NFL’s sales leader. He opened a billion-dollar stadium, helped save the New Orleans NBA franchise, and founded the San Francisco 49ers Talent Academy.

He's since installed his leadership and high-performance playbook with Fortune 500 leaders, Founders and CEOs, MBAs, and professional athletes.

Now, as a global keynote speaker, #1 bestselling author, personal transformation expert, turned senior leader and advisor to PurposePoint and the Why Institute, and host of the Playmakers: On Purpose podcast, Paul explores how living and working with a focus on leadership, culture, and purpose can transform organizations and individuals anywhere to unleash their full potential.

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The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno, CEO, PurposePoint + Co-Founder, Purpose Summit)

The Beginnings of Purpose (ft. Davin Salvagno, CEO, PurposePoint + Co-Founder, Purpose Summit)

Davin Salvagno, Detroit Podcast Studios, Paul Epstein, Connor Trombley