Chris Christofi is the founder & CEO of Reventon, a fully-integrated holistic wealth and financial planning provider specialising in property investment.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I started my business in 2005 as a team of one, working from my parent’s house. I was $348,000 in debt when I started Reventon and I had huge goals for it to become a fully-integrated holistic wealth and financial planning provider specialising in property investment and offering a range of services to clients.
I’m proud to say that today, as the Founder and CEO of Reventon, I’m leading a team of 70 brilliant people and together we have achieved that and so much more. We’ve won multiple major business awards (see below) and more importantly have helped 3000 clients get into the property market and Build Wealth, Save Time and Live Better.
This year, I am participating in my fifth Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Every year since 2018 I’ve pledged to raise an increased amount of money for the year later.
In 2018, I raised $40,000; in 2019, $60,000; in 2020, $80,000; in 2021, $100,000 and 2022 will be the year I raise more than has ever been raised before and hit a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) raised for people experiencing homelessness.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
My office is close to my home, so after an adequate amount of sleep I like to get there early in the morning (most days between 1-2am) to focus on my inner wellbeing. I meditate, do mind feeding and get myself in the best state of mind that I possibly can.
I change into my suit at around 7am which I sometimes joke makes me feel like Batman. My team arrives and we get started on work for the day.
I’m a father of four and twice a week, I try to take my kids to school.
After work, I come home and spend time with my family, have dinner, help my wife put the kids to bed and unwind before doing some more work and plan my next day.
I like to be in bed nice and early, at around 9pm. Then I do it all over again!
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
My role allows for remote working when necessary, but I personally prefer structure and systems so each of my days usually looks the same. My routine works for my family, my team and myself so I try not stray too far from it.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
I prefer to think of it as work-life choices. I analyse the feedback my body gives me about different choices I make and then I adjust accordingly.
When I’m faced with a task, I like to consider just how much energy it requires of me. While some meetings require a significant amount of brain power, others are more transactional and efficient.
I’m extremely passionate about what I do, and I love my work. To me, I’m balanced when I can shake my rigid structure and allow myself to be more free flowing when I’m at home with my wife and kids, and my brilliant wife is amazing at helping me achieve that goal.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I thoroughly enjoy documenting everything I do, turning the feedback my body gives me about my choices into data and using that data to make better choices everyday.
For example, I’ve recently cut out processed sugar from my daily diet after observing how my body feels when I consume it.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
I’m always reading new books. It’s hard to pick a favourite! I enjoy books on personal development, communications, sales and business.
When it’s time to unwind, I love to enjoy a bit of comedy.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
The only things I feel I truly can’t live without are people: my team, my kids and of course my amazing wife.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
My father is my biggest inspiration and the best person I have ever met, purely because of the way he treats people. When it comes to balance in life, fulfilling yourself and reaching your goals whilst still aiming to be a valued member of the community is imperative, and my father does that brilliantly.
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I’ve had health professionals tell me that I have abnormal amounts of energy, so my daily routine and my take on ‘work-life balance’ may not be a conventional one, but it’s what works for me and as long as my family is happy, I am.
I believe it takes a significant amount of time and care to create something great. I’ve been doing what I do for over 17 years and I still wake up every morning fulfilled, happy to get up, and extremely passionate about the day ahead and that’s something I’m proud of.
Before you go…
If you’d like to sponsor or advertise with Balance the Grind, let’s talk here.
Join our community and never miss a conversation about work, life & balance – subscribe to our newsletter.