Successful, but unhappy.
It’s not often that we find these two words elbow to elbow in the same sentence. For many of us, the very idea of success implies some measure of satisfaction and fulfillment. But what happens when you reach your goal and find out that it’s not like how you wanted it to be? What do you do when this ‘success’ is actually becoming a negative stressor in your life?
You walk away.
At least, that’s what Dustin Mathews did. After spending nine years building his company, Dustin had seemingly reached the pinnacle of success. The company’s annual revenue was in the multi-millions, his busy itinerary regularly included trips all over all the world, and people were clambering after him left and right to speak at their events. Yet, for all the notoriety and financial freedom, something was missing.
“Founders aren’t supposed to walk away from their creation.” Dustin said, “But what if the business you created is the wrong one?”
After battling with the decision for some time, Dustin eventually came to the conclusion that he just wasn’t happy with where he was in life. The wealth and status he had built for himself didn’t amount to much when compared to the more encompassing feeling of stagnation – he wasn’t growing or being challenged anymore. During the interview he playfully joked that, “You hear all the time how entrepreneurs were fired from their own companies or quit their stable jobs, but you never think it’s going to be you.”
Ironically, that’s exactly what happened.
After leaving his company, Dustin took some time to reflect on exactly where he should head next. He was quick to admit that there was definitely a component of identity loss for a while; after committing to a project for so long it took time to figure out who he was outside of his former company. In retrospect, even though he had been very successful financially, he still wished he had been smarter with his money, especially at the beginning. With that idea fresh in his mind, Dustin was soon back on his feet in no time, working with a new company: Wealthfit.
According to the company website, Wealthfit is an organization “dedicated to curating the world’s best advice on money, investing, and entrepreneurship and deliver it in a way that’s simple, actionable, and transformational.” In his new capacity as Chief Wealth Evangelist., Dustin soon found that his skills as an orator would again be required, albeit in a different medium this time: podcasting.
As the host of the wildly successful podcast, Get Wealthfit, Dustin now has the opportunity to interview some of the most successful and interesting people from all over the world including athletes, CEO’s, investors and even Navy Seals. While Wealthfit was originally designed to be a real-estate specific niche market, the company has since expanded their horizons to include 4 additional categories: money, investing, lifestyle, and entrepreneurship. But why podcasting at all? With the resources available at their disposal, it doesn’t seem like the obvious first choice. However, Dustin explained it like this:
“We built the podcast to attract a larger audience. Long term the goal is to create a network of shows focused on delivering useful, engaging content. We were fortunate that because we have certain resources available, we didn’t have to worry about monetizing right away and could just focus on providing quality material first.”
With help from Podetize, Dustin and Wealthfit were able to get the podcast up and running in record time. “I choose Podetize because I really feel that they understand how important this is to me and our company, and are willing to provide that level of service.”
While the podcast is still relatively new, it’s already become a major hit on iTunes and Dustin continues to have a long list of guest speakers in his queue. “At this point, the podcast is a brand play that’s attracting customers, rather than chasing them.”
That’s a pretty fantastic start by anyone’s standards.
Even though Dustin was professional speaker prior to joining Wealthfit, that didn’t necessarily mean that he was a great interviewer. In fact, one of the things that he mentioned in our interview was that it was something he had to consistently work on to become better at: “I won’t lie, the first few were pretty bad. But now I can honestly say, I feel that I’m a great interviewer.” Essentially starting the podcast from scratch, we were curious as to what advice Dustin would give anyone that was also thinking about approaching their own first episode.

On this he had two things to say.

1.      Have Some Go-To Questions
        When it comes to interviewing, Dustin relayed that one of his most valued tricks in his arsenal, are his go-to questions. Of course, there’s no substitute for good preparation, but having preordained questions ready to fire at your disposal is a great way to keep the interview lively and engaging. However, Dustin did bring up a good point. If you are going to try this method, you’ll want to make sure that they are questions that can be applied to a blanket group of people and yet, at the same time are interesting and thoughtful. We’ll leave you to figure out exactly what that might be!
     2.) Go Above and Beyond
“Don’t just sign up to do a podcast, to do a podcast,” Dustin says. “Think about it like this instead, the more resources you put into it, the better the outcome will be.” It may seem like common knowledge, but often people approach podcasting with only one foot in the door. They aren’t ready to commit, or only selectively make content their inspired by. However, in order to create a successful podcast, it requires consistent effort and discipline. Go above and beyond what is asked, and you’ll be sure to reap the benefits of that extra effort.
Finally, out of personal curiosity, we had to know…is Dustin happier now? Here’s what he had to say to that:
“I wake up every day and think ‘I’m getting compensated to do this?’. If you had to pay these people [podcast guests] to give you advice like they do in our show, I can’t even begin to imagine how much it would cost. Beyond that though, the show has really boosted morale in the workplace and everyone is excited about who we will bring on next.”