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BOSS Mindset – Money Blocks

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of our favorite GREEN holiday, Anne and Gabby thought it would be a good time to talk about money blocks. What in your business life is stopping you from making more money and reaching your fullest potential? Maybe you’re even completely unaware that you have a money block! Well, this might just be the podcast to break that mental block!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. What are money blocks and how do you fix them?

  2. Don’t avoid your finances.

  3. Don’t feel shame or guilt for making money. Especially as a female!

  4. Reframe your relationship with money

  5. How to get rid of your money blocks, TODAY!

Referenced in this Episode

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VO: Today’s voice over talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voice over talent asked to be a boss, a V.O. BOSS. Set yourself up with business owner strategies and success with your host Anne Ganguzza along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business, like a boss, a V.O. BOSS!

Anne: Hey guys, before we get started on today’s episode, we want to share some boss solutions and some of the ways you can have more boss in your life.

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Anne: Okay now, let’s get on with today’s episode. Welcome to the V.O. BOSS podcast, I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza along with my lovely co-host Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby, how are ya?

Gabby: Top o’ the morning to ya lassie!

Anne: Oh top o’ the morning!

Gabby: I can’t do Irish to save my life.

Anne: Let’s just call it happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Gabby: It is, it is.

Anne: Hey, it is!

Gabby: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everybody.

Anne: We all know what color that represents. Our favorite color, Gabby.

Gabby: My favorite! Yes!

Anne: Our favorite color… Green

Gabby: Yes, every bosses favorite.

Anne: That’s right.

Gabby: Totally…Oh my gosh

Anne: Total. Money. Color. Yeah money…Love money

Gabby: Right?! So in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day this year we think it would be fun to talk a little bit about bosses and their relationship with money

Anne: The green

Gabby: and how sometimes it’s a very good one and sometimes it’s a not so great relationship that people really don’t understand which leads us to the topic of Money Blocks.

Anne: Oh yeah! Money Blocks.

Gabby: Which I know… Yeah! Something you’ve talked about extensively at different workshops and that I know we’re gonna probably have a webinar on pretty soon. We wanna kind of get everybody in that mind frame and thinking about money blocks and how to fix them.

Anne: I couldn’t agree with you more. It is so important that we take a look at those things that could be potentially stopping us from receiving money and it’s interesting because sometimes you have money blocks and you don’t even know that you have money blocks.

Gabby: That’s the thing I think is so fascinating about this, right, because as a business owner, as an entrepreneur I feel like the first time I heard this term, or concept, of money block I was like “I don’t have any money blocks”

Anne: Exactly

Gabby: “why the hell would I… I want money, why the hell would I have a block?”

Anne: That’s so true

Gabby: And then you realize “Oh my gosh!” because some of it really is… A lot of it is really old, it’s like ingrained

Anne: Yeah

Gabby: in us, it’s behaviors that go back to… Yeah!

Anne: Deep seeded

Gabby: Like the way we were raised and our childhoods and how our parents saw money. So help us to dive into that, Anne. Give us some…Where does it all start? You know, where do money blocks begin?

Anne: I’ll tell you what, I think the first money block which is sometimes an obvious money block but you don’t know that it’s you until you really hear the symptoms of the money block and I’m gonna say the first one is avoidance. Avoidance of talking about money, recognizing money, actually going and looking at your bank account, your credit cards, your retirement, and actually doing an assessment of ‘where am I spending my money?’. That’s the biggest thing. And I know that in my younger years, that was one of the things that I you know, just spent my money on those happy credit cards and all of a sudden it kind of gets away from you and you go through a period, or at least I did, where you just kind of avoid looking at those credit card bills and they kind of mount up and just get bigger and bigger and bigger and that has to stop. I think you have to be able to look at where your expenses are and what you’re spending your money on and not avoid looking at the numbers because sometimes the numbers can be very painful and I think that’s what people want to avoid.

Gabby: It’s very interesting and you’re right because I think the more debt you’re in the more people want to bury their head in the sand and not look at it

Anne: Yeah!

Gabby: So I love that you’re acting like… You’re like Dr. Ganguzza right now. It’s like you’re a money medic.

Anne: Dr… Oh, a money medic. I like that!

Gabby: Money medic right? I love that

Anne: Not just your bank account, your credit cards, retirement as well. And they can also, that whole avoidance thing, can actually stem, extend outwards, to even avoiding making a decision. How many of you out there, I know I was of them, that, you know, I was in a job that I was stuck at and I started to… It was one of those things where I would get up in the morning and I would have that knot in my stomach and it was starting to really affect my health and it was, I kept thinking ‘Well if only I could’ or ‘I should do this’ or ‘I should leave my job’, it was avoiding actually addressing the real issues in making that decision.

Gabby: Well it’s avoiding change, and nobody likes change. But sometimes yeah, it’s easy for us to do just that, to sweep it under the rug because ‘ohhh, I don’t want to do that’. So what else? What are some of the other things we have to look out for?

Anne: Well I like that whole guilt and shame thing that you brought up in the beginning. I know that as a girl, when I was growing up, that my father was quote-unquote term ‘the breadwinner’, the breadwinner of the family and that is just, it was the unspoken. ‘Oh Dad made the money and my Mom stayed home and raised the kids’ and so my mother had a feeling of, maybe not a money block, but she had her job but it didn’t have an actual income attached to it and she was always very conscious of my dad’s feelings as the breadwinner and as I grew up I thought ‘Oh!’ And then she, well as I grew up she got a part-time job which she was only working part-time because she didn’t want to make more money than my dad. And that kind of put that deep seeded notion in my head that ‘Oh females can’t make more than males or it will assault his feeling of the breadwinner’.

Gabby: Well and there’s another part to that too. I think for the longest time, women who were homemakers and raising the kids felt beholden to their spouse and that breadwinning mentality, I mean I know the two of us, we both grew up with blue collar fathers shall we say?

Anne: Mhm. Yeah.

Gabby: And that was just the role its just how it was.

Anne: Mhm. Yeah, absolutely.

Gabby: So to have a very modern era now where a lot of women do potentially make more than their spouse and ‘Hey Ladies, hello?’ this is common in voiceover. A lot of us do make more than our husbands. It’s OK but yes, it can be sort of a psychological game that…

Anne: Yeah!

Gabby: You have to really sit back and think ‘Where did that programming come from?’

Anne: Ooh programming, I like that.

Gabby: Yeah! Recognize it for what it is. You know, the other thing too with that guilt and shame is that whole thought that rich people are greedy, or there’s lots of sayings out there that’s… too much possessions, give back, that sort of thing is a bad thing. So there’s that kind of culture that feels that rich people are greedy and that’s all for the rich and none for the poor. That sort of a thing, and I think that that also can kind of creep in to your every day thinking. Now I’m gonna say, let’s just talk about the concept of money. If you’re rich or you’re not rich that’s all subjective right, I mean it’s a number.

Anne: Totally.

Gabby: I say if you can be happy and successful doing what you love and make money and pay the bills, I think that’s fantastic and that you need to open yourself up to that and to not feel bad if you make a lot money for a particular job or just in general because the money’s there and somebody’s got to get it Right? So you know, I think everybody has fair shot.

Anne: Right. Why shouldn’t it be you?

Gabby: Well, exactly

Anne: Why shouldn’t it be me? Why shouldn’t it be all of us?

Gabby: There’s a river of money flowing and there are people taking from it. ‘Why not you?’ That’s kinda how I feel.

Anne: Anne, I know, I think that’s really really wise and I think that you’re right. What you’re talking about is a reframing. It’s reframing the relationship with money, how you view money. What you said about, you know, the idea that wealthy people are greedy… Well, you know, I’ve known plenty of wealthy people who were, yeah, penny pinching cheap skates and I’ve known plenty of wealthy people that were tremendously generous.

Gabby: Oh Gosh, and give billions of dollars to funds and philanthropy and yeah.

Anne: Totally

Gabby: Yeah exactly

Anne: So a lot that, you’re right, it really isn’t necessarily rooted in fact. I think many of those ideals are rooted in learned behavior and things that other people have said and it’s like anything else. Anything can become a mantra, negatively. So if you grew up in a household where people didn’t have the greatest view of the upper class…

Gabby: Sure

Anne: There ya go

Gabby: Absolutely. And have resentment or anger towards them, absolutely

Anne: Mhm. Right

Gabby: Then that will kind of be in the back of, that will be implanted in you as well. And also I had, Gabby, growing up, I had a number. Like when I was first getting out, graduating college and getting out there and my career, believe it or not, I mean I hate to say that but I even had a number in my head that said ‘OK I can make this much and so therefore’ You know what I mean. I had a number that really stopped me from actually being…accepting more money. So I had a number of what I thought was right for what I should be making as I came out of college with that particular degree, with the particular market I was in and I think that number was way too low, I don’t know if that happened to you but?

Anne: Well, mine… Mine was a little different because interestingly, and so now that I think about this I go ‘Huh…’ This is a money block that I think I overcame I just didn’t know consciously that I was doing it. So when I got started in this industry and the performing arts, my family was kind of like ‘Wait, you’re gonna be an actor, like what?’ And so having grown up around New York City and the suburbs of New York City, everybody is really familiar with the starving artist and the idea of the broke actors. So my family was horrified.

Gabby: Absolutely

Anne: Yeah, for the longest time it was the ‘Why don’t you get a real job?’, ‘You’re never going to make any money doing this’,

Gabby: Oh yeah, that was my mother

Anne: ‘You’re always going to struggle’…right! So for the longest time, that held me down and that idea that I couldn’t make more or that almost it was acceptable to have to be the starving artist, like I had to fulfill my role if that makes sense?

Gabby: Oh yeah

Anne: And I’ll tell ya, my twenties were broke that was a miserable broke experience.

Gabby: And again, that thought process can be, that can come from your mother, your father, I mean your spouse, I mean anybody that’s supporting you or not supporting you in this industry and I know that that’s a real issue for some people trying to garner success in the industry. They’re the ones that are, they love it, they are passionate about it, they’re working really hard but yet they have a spouse or a family member that is constantly knocking them down or trying to say to them ‘Well maybe you could get a real job’. I think we all had it to some degree.

Anne: Yeah, truthfully I don’t think I started to really accept my money making potential and to embrace it until I started to look at myself as a business owner and an entrepreneur. That helped to change that significantly. So what are two things that you think, or even just one thing, that you think people could do right now, today, to change their relationship with money and go for the green?

Gabby: First of all, acknowledge if you have a money block. Acknowledge what it is, understand it for what it is and where it came from because learned behaviors from the past can simply stay there, in the past. It doesn’t mean that you have to continually adopt them today

Anne: Amen!

Gabby: Yeah it’s a new world And you are a business entrepreneur I think you need to celebrate that and to find joy in receiving money that’s really what it is Anne: find joy, find it, make it a game, I like that!

Gabby: Celebrate.

Anne: Celebrate it, make it a game and make it a challenge for you that you can be happy to accept that money. So first acknowledge where that potential bad thought or negative thought or money block came from, once you acknowledge it accept it for what it is and what it was and then you can then start to have a new change of thought pattern and that’s, that I think is the best recipe for trying to get past that money block.

Gabby: I really, really love the idea of celebrating it. So for those of you who’ve ever worked in a sales environment or been part of a sales team and if you don’t know, sales teams traditionally in every company, every industry, celebrate their wins.

Anne: Oh yeah.

Gabby: They celebrate big accounts, they celebrate big sales and some places have a bell where they have or they have something that you can ring, literally, to celebrate the win, I do that in my office,

Anne: You do have a bell

Gabby: We have little desk bells and we ring the bell because we’re so excited when we book something

Anne: I love that

Gabby: And we’re so excited about the money! So we ring the bell twice, the bell gets rung once when you book and it gets rung the second time when you get the check.

Anne: Oh nice, I like that, I like that a lot. Ring the bell, celebrate, absolutely celebrate that money. Don’t feel guilty about it and actually ask yourself how you can get more of it, that’s basically it. I like to always challenge myself and again, when I talked before about that number, that number can go way high. It can be something that you’re thinking possibly ‘Oh is that even remotely possible?’ Sure it is! Put the number up there because I think if you set it too low then… or you could set it low and then overachieve, there’s a couple of different ways to think about it. But for me it worked better to set the higher number because it made me work toward it more.

Gabby: I love it. I love it.

Anne: Yeah, good stuff.

Gabby: So bosses, don’t be afraid of the green. Embrace it like our Irish friends on this great holiday

Anne: Celebrating the green. Celebrate the green bosses.

Gabby: Wear the green, love the green, kiss the green

Anne: Good stuff! I’d like to give a shoutout to our amazing sponsor, who actually their colors are green, ipDTL. So you guys can also record like a boss by using ipDTL, check them out at

Gabby: Make sure to get in touch with us. Like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube… Please check out, we put all of our episodes on Youtube, so you can watch and you can listen, kind of fun right?

Anne: And we put good stuff on our website. Good stuff on our website as well.

Gabby: where you can find all the different ways that you can put more boss into your life including special classes, events and products to help you become an even better entrepreneur who grabs more of the green.

Anne: Love it, grab more green guys. See you next week.

Gabby: Bye

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