Aug. 22, 2022

019: Gino Barbaro | The Growth Mindset and A Passion of Wanting to Help Others

019: Gino Barbaro | The Growth Mindset and A Passion of Wanting to Help Others

Gino Barbaro is an investor, business owner, author and entrepreneur. As a real estate entrepreneur, he has grown his portfolio to over $100,000,000 in assets under management and is teaching others how to do the same. Gino Barbaro is the co-founder of Jake & Gino, a multifamily real estate education company that offers coaching and training in real estate founded upon their proprietary framework of Buy Right, Manage Right & Finance Right ™.

He is the best-selling author of three books, Wheelbarrow Profits, The Honey Bee and Family, Food and the Friars. Gino graduated from IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) where he earned his designation as a Certified Professional Coach. He currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida with his beautiful wife Julia and their six children.

In this episode, you'll hear Gino extreme passion for wanting to help people, whether it be inside his community in the real estate investment networks or just through charities. We also cover how he is able to build his business and lifestyle while having Six children. This episode is full of golden nuggets and, there is something for everybody inside this episode, and I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed interviewing Gino Barbaro.

Key Highlights: 

[00:00 - 07:24] Opening Segment

  • Gino Barbaro is an investor, business owner, author, and entrepreneur.
  • He has grown his portfolio to over $100 million and is a best selling author of three books.
  • In this episode, Gino discusses his core values and how they have helped him achieve success in his career.
  • He also shares how self-reflection led to the realization that he needed to change his lifestyle if he wanted to continue to succeed.
  • Gino's story illustrates the importance of having values that are aligned with your beliefs and how self-reflection can help you identify when you are not living up

[07:25 - 13:30] Why One Restaurant Ran Out of Business After 20 Years

  • Gino shares that his restaurant 20 closes, because it didn't have core values.
  • Every time there was a problem, he would blame the employee and never look to figure out how they were hiring and managing.
  • Gino goes back to the drawing board and spends thousands of dollars on education to scale up their business.
  • To have success as an entrepreneur, you need to have values-based decision-making, which includes knowing what your core values are and hiring people who are aligned with those values.

[13:31 - 19:43] How a Growth Mindset Helped Jake and Gino Grow

  • Gino has a growth mindset and is committed to personal development.
  • He went to life coaching school and learned to be a better listener, ask empowering questions, and set proper goals.\

[19:43 - 25:52]tips for success during turbulent times

  • Creating a successful future for their families
  • recessions are an opportunity to learn and grow, and it is important to have a supportive network of family and friends.
  • The journey has been challenging but to persevere through it by including their families in every aspect of their business.

[25:53 - 35:18] How a Family Business Transitioned to Philanthropy

  • Gino was fortunate to have a restaurant that was family-owned and operated, which helped embed the importance of work/life balance into their children's lives.
  • He transitioned into becoming more philanthropic in 2007 after the death of their father, starting with donating food to the poor and then expanding to supporting missionaries and other charitable causes
  • Shannon and John created food drives and currently supports 280,000 meals annually through Jake and Gino's restaurant and live events, inviting others to join them in their giving 
  • They also support Second Harvest Food Bank, an organization that provides food and nutrition to children in need.
  • Their employees are passionate about the mission of the company and feel grateful for the opportunity to give back.

[35:19 - 42:12] Gino's Take on Money and Happiness

  • Jake also shared how happy he was donating to an orphanage in Honduras  
  • Gino discusses how he feel about money and how it impacts happiness. 
  • money can make you more comfortable, but it's not the key to happiness. 
  • Gino believes that what money can do for you is what matters most. 
  • He also mention that when you give, it makes you happy.

[42:34 - 44:58] Closing Segment

  • Reach out to Gino
  • See links below 
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“It's not just about stroking a check. That's great, but get down and dirty. Sometimes when you get down and dirty, you'd be surprised at how it changes you as a person. And, having your family there, it's really important for them to see what you're doing to others.” - Gino Barbaro

“I don't think money can make you happy. Money can make you comfortable and money can give you more options and I think the quality of your life depends upon the quality of the options you have. So the more optionality you have is great. So I think money is not gonna make me happy, what money can do for me can make me happy, When I donate money or I give it away I'm a happy person.” - Gino Barbaro


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Resources Mentioned:

Wheelbarrow Profits - Jake and Gino

Mindset Psychology - Carol S. Dweck

Ready Fire Aim - Michael Masterson

Killing Sacred Cows - Garrett Gunderson

One Last Talk - Philip McKernan

Begin With The End In Mind - Stephen Covey

Grace Before Meals - Father Leo Patalinghug

Spicing up Married Life Satisfying Couples' Hunger for True Love - Father Leo Patalinhug


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