We were both working in the same city for 2 different financial companies. We were on the sales side of the business and we did quite well for ourselves.
But after a few years of both of us working for other people, David approached me and said “hey, what do you think about starting our own financial firm”, and I was like "I don’t know man, I’m pretty comfortable here, I’m making great money, it’s a big risk".
But over the next couple of months his question really played on my mind, and although I was comfortable and made a great income, I realized that I wasn’t as happy as I probably should be.
I was actually starting to get really burnt out, and it was getting to the point where I was sick of making someone else money… and I thought back that day on the side of Route 15 in the middle of the desert with no money, and I thought you know what why not! What’s the worst that could really happen…
I remember speaking to my wife about it and she was like Matt, you know you got to do it. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.
I called David and said “I’m IN, Let’s do it!"… And within a few months we opened the doors with about 5 employees.
We invested everything we had into this business, and right out of the gate the money was flying in left, right and center... The markets were on a roll, and we just kept plowing everything we made back into the business.
Within 6 months of starting company, we were up to 50 employees. Life couldn’t have been better!
Until the worlds WORST financial recession hit in 2009, and as quickly as we built our business from the ground up, we practically lost it overnight.