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Matthew Fizell

Matthew Fizell

Harmony Wealth

Owner

Personal Information

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School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Major: Finance / Wealth Management

Years at College Works: 2013 to 2014

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Harmony Wealth

Title: Owner

Industry: Finance

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Serving millennials with 6-figure incomes by being their personal financial guide through all of life's changes. Developing comprehensive, evolving financial plans to grow with them on their way to a successful financial life.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Being chosen one of Investopedia.com's Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S. Throwing out a first pitch at Miller Park for a Brewers game is a close second! Others!

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me an environment where I could grow from my failures and become a better person for it.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It gave me the confidence to go for the opportunities I was interested in, not what others expected of me. That lesson is something I carry with me every single day.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

CWP gave me the firsthand experience in taking the leap to start my own business. I will never forget how nervous I was to close a $20k project, but when I did, I learned price wasn't the biggest factor in working with others. Trust is.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

They have been some of the more influential and supportive people in my life, even to this day. I still talk with a handful of them 10 years later, and they truly are "family" in a sense. My DM will still pickup the phone when I call, and let me chat about what is going on.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER!!!!

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

BE PATIENT. There will be days it sucks, but those days are what make the top of the hill feel so good.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

Relating to humans and understanding how things work can be applied to any field. It does not matter if it is engineering, financial planning, or painting... they all deal with working with other humans.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Be interested in the people, not the dollars. Financial decisions almost always are easy to look at "on paper", but the real skill is understanding what the value is to the person sitting across the table from you.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Ah man... picking a favorite is tough. That first wave of hot air in Cancun was pretty special, that was the first trip on an airplane I had ever taken.

Last words of wisdom

There will be days you absolutely regret joining, but after you finish it, you'll absolutely be thankful for the experience. Don't let the short term pain impact your long term growth.