What Does Success Look Like to You? – Matthew Fassnacht

What Does Success Look Like to You? – Matthew Fassnacht

Matthew Fassnacht is the Co- Founder of Meridian Investment Partners – a full-service wealth management and investment advisory firm. Before becoming a financial professional, Matthew initially pursued a career in athletics. Despite his natural talent for football, it was during his post-secondary education that he shifted his focus to wealth management. After graduating from Clemson University, Matthew was offered several opportunities to work for industry-leading financial institutions. However, his desire to help others establish financial independence inspired Matthew to establish Meridian Investment Partners. By utilizing a goal-oriented approach, Matthew and his team of professionals offer personalized, unbiased solutions. 

How have you achieved success?

I established Meridian Investments Partners with the intent of helping others navigate the financial marketplace. Several of my university friends were looking for someone who could offer sound financial advice. While I had served as their accountant for a number of years, they also entrusted me with their liquid savings. When I did well for them, they began referring me to other clients, and my businesses took off from there.

What obstacles have you overcome in the process?

I think when I first started my business, I became very reactive to dips in the stock market. However, over time I learnt to take a step back and assess the situation before making any rash decisions. I think this patience came with experience. As an advisor it is my job to analyze shifts in the market and then strategize a comprehensive plan of action. 

What drives you to succeed?

Waking up every day and being able to help people strategize long and short-term financial solutions. Having the ability to help guide individuals into making better decisions for their future is very rewarding. I always strive to learn more and to stay on top of industry trends, so I can provide my clients with the knowledge they need to make smart investment decisions. 

How has your definition of success changed over the years?

Well, I first started my career in football. I had every intention of going professional, until my passions shifted. I became interested in helping others navigate the financial industry. I think over time success became less about my personal achievements and more about helping others. 

What has success meant to you?

Success to me is about client satisfaction. The more value I can bring to the table for my clients, the better I feel about handling their finances. While I have made a name for myself, it is also important to remain humble. I like to reflect on every decision I make and see if there is anything I would have done differently. 

Do you have advice for others on how to be successful?

My advice to anyone in finance or business in general would be to trust the process. Success can be a long road and unfortunately you cannot always get what you want right away. It is very much about trial and error. Take the time to learn more about yourself and your business and results will eventually follow. 

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