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Small Axe Podcast

Sep 21, 2020

Today's guest is a senior executive, a world explorer, multifamily investor, restaurant owner, public servant, and an aspiring philanthropist Maurice Philogene. 

He is a first-generation American with Haitian roots, and starting from a young age he acquired multifamily properties to generate passive income and build the Legacy. Now he is shifting towards lifestyle design and has started Living in a way he wants to live while helping people to win their financial freedom along the way.

Join us for this episode and learn the keys to win your financial freedom.

[00:01 – 09:55] The Beginning of His Journey

  • I introduce the guest, Maurice Philogene
  • Maurice talks about his background and how his journey began
    • Born in NY and raised in Boston
    • Being part of an Immigrant family from Haiti 
    • Joined the military after university 
    • Entrepreneur, investor, lifestyle design 
  • Maurice talks about the mindset influence he got from his parents 
    • Good education
    • Mindset of savings
    • Exposed him with many cultures 
  • The power of a multi-cultural encounter 
    • Experiencing life a different way
    • Opening the window to see the world 

[09:56 – 15:15] Winning your Financial Freedom 

  • Maurice talks about how he developed a plan to have financial freedom  
    • Start with ‘Personal finance for dummies’ book
    • Dig in and learn more information about real estate 
    • Buying his first condo at 23
    • Ended up with 10 condos at the end of the year 
  • Passive incomes allow you to have cash flow without you having to physically be somewhere
  • Taking a leap of faith and facing fear
  • Your Brain is fertile ground - Earl Nightingale 
  • Maurice shares the story of how he got into real estate

[15:16 – 20:22] Course Correcting 

  • Thrive for something Beyond money
    • Not leaving life the way other people lives
    • Having the right driving force
  • Maurice shares about the sacrifices he took in his youth to be successful 
    • Gave up his youth for a purpose
    • Missing out on social life 
  • Course correcting 
    • Not trying to get it perfect
    • Learning to be okay with making mistakes 
    • Understand your mistake and course correct
    • Become a bigger and better person
  • Personal growth in the business side 
    • Took a seminar about multifamily real estate 
    • Hire a coach 
    • Opening the mental floodgate

[20:23 – 29:10] Giving back and impacting communities 

  • Maurice talks about filling his life goals 
    • Leaving legacy 
    • Family security
    • Impacting and giving back to communities 
  • Maurice talks about the impact he gives as a police officer 
    • Being counted on
    • Do small meaningful things to the community 
  • Pushing on business to dramatically impact the society and the world
    • He talks about Bill Gates and Elon Musk 
    • Giving impact on micro and macro way 

[29:11 – 33:32] Closing Segment

  • Imagine it's a hundred years from now, you have grandkids, and one of them decides to write a book about Maurice Philogene. What would you like the title to be and say about you?
    • "He created our freedom”
    •  Because I want the generations in my family to recognize that they can live life their way and they don't have to live the way that the society stones them. 
  • Connect with Maurice. See the links below.


Tweetable Quotes:

Passive incomes allow you to have cash flow without you having to physically be somewhere." – Maurice Philogene

“Climbing the corporate ladder is not the destination for everyone. Just because the society tells you to do it doesn't mean that you have to do it." – Maurice Philogene

“If you’re not making mistakes, you are not trying." – Maurice Philogene


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You can connect with Maurice on  Instagram and Linkedin . Visit his business website at


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