Meet David Pagotto he runs a marketing agencyCreative Folk, Entrepreneurs | October 19, 2018
It all started with a goal to chat to entrepreneurs over 60. Then out of curiosity we decided to talk to entrepreneurs under 30. We believe these two very vast generations can learn and grow from each other.
This week we chat to David Pagotto who founded SIXGUN a digital marketing agency in Melbourne Australia.
Can you tell us a little about your business and what you do?
We at SIXGUN help organisations grow through a structured and data-driven approach to their marketing strategy. We have a strong focus on SEO, Google Ads and social media marketing.
My main job as the founder and managing director is to provide my team with what they need to succeed.
What were some of the struggles you faced when you first started?
It can be a real struggle to find outstanding staff, and I have made it my number one focus to find great people. When you hire people who care about doing excellent work and are self-motivated everything else falls into place.
I like to say find people who can manage themselves, so you don’t have to.
What do you like most about having your own business?
I really enjoy the personal growth and impact you have as a business owner. There is nothing as satisfying as working to build something great, and then using the profits to do good in the world.
I’m a vegan and have been for a number of years, so we started an initiative that every full-time employee gets to sponsor an animal at Edgar’s Mission paid for by SIXGUN. Its great to be able to make a difference.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to jump into business. Facing your fears head on takes courage, but also leads to tremendous personal growth.
Who is an older person that you admire and why?
I really admire Pam Ahern, the founder of Edgar’s Mission. Her charity is funded solely by public donations, with her farm looking after over four-hundred animals. Her passionate dedication and ability to turn her dream into reality is truly inspiring. She’s a remarkable woman.
The moral of the story here is don’t stop doing what you love – it takes time to build something remarkable.
If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?
Today! I can’t think of a better time to be alive and I truly enjoy the work I do and the life I lead.
I think its important to have gratitude for the little things happening in the present and also to be content with what we have.
Anything else you would like to add?
Make sure you have good people around you at all stages of your business journey. One of my favourite quotes is “Like iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” I love learning, growing, and being inspired by the great people I have in my life.