Jon and Bryan speak with Joe Fier–co-host of the popular Hustle and Flowchart podcast–about his path to becoming a leading podcaster by, as he puts it, “surrounding himself with good people doing interesting things and finding a way to add value.”
In this episode…
We speak with Joe Fier, co-host of the popular Hustle and Flowchart podcast. Joe and his co-host Matt Wolfe have built their business around a simple concept: giving away the most value they can for free. In the process, they’ve invented and experimented with new forms of content and business models that have helped them to create a thriving business.
We spent some time speaking with Joe about how he got to this point, from his decision to leave a corporate job and pursue his side projects, to their first forays into creating content. In the end, Joe’s strategy is simple: he surrounds himself with good people doing interesting things, and finds a way to add value.
Joe’s story is a great example of how working hard, staying creative, and cultivating a network can open up so many opportunities.
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Jon and Bryan discuss Joe’s path to being one of the leading podcasters in his space, including:
– How Joe got started running as a kid and learned his discipline from running in high school, and his goal oriented, “conquer that hill” mindset
– The motivation you get from having kids to be healthy both physically and mentally
– Joe’s various jobs that led him to work with his current business partner, Matt Wolfe, at his family’s window shutter company
– His first online job helping to launch products, a skill he learned on the fly by creating and leveraging his network
– His first $1,000 investment in a mentor program, which was a huge investment for him at the time
– His strategy of surrounding himself with good people doing interesting things and finding a way to add value
– His fear of becoming a corporate zombie and his decision to pursue his graphic design and marketing projects (with his wife’s support and despite his mom’s concerns)
– His initial attempts at making content, from YouTube videos featuring Suzuki Samurais to blogs on how to be rich
– The core philosophy he shares with his business partner of wanting to learn and share what they learn freely, while making money via other channels
– His approach to learning by doing (and failing) and his creative approach to networking at seminars (hint: it involves more time at bars than joining seminars)
– How their current podcast was started as a networking tool and became a business
– Their approach to experimenting constantly, with the goal of leveraging all content as much as possible and providing the most value as possible to their fans
– How he and his partner divide responsibilities, and how he decides what to do himself versus delegate to others
– Their focus on creating (and supporting) fans rather than customers or subscribers, and Kevin Kelly’s 1000 true fans concept
– Bryan shares a story about Apple’s obsession with customer satisfaction, as exemplified by the “Missed Quotes” report
– How Joe accidentally created a great networking tool with his “Dream 100” email signature attachment, that gets him about two introductions per week
– And finally, Joe’s “Go Be More”: to be more strategic in his business and to be more present with his family.
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