I was on my “dream” path: traveling the globe as a management consultant, making great money, and living the American Dream (house, wife, 3 kids).
I didn’t know it, but I was trapped in the Corporate Cage (a mental state). Work dominated my life.
Eventually, I lost everything: my marriage, access to my kids, and my health.
I spent the next 5 years rebuilding my life.
I needed to control corporate life, so I ran experiments to reclaim time and energy, and redirect those gains toward what mattered most. Life improved by 100X!
I call this living “Uncaged.”
Today, I’m a full-time coach, creator, and freedom fighter — on a mission to help my past self.
Is that you?
I grew up in a religious and conservative home.
Rule-following and picking the “safe path” were core ideas.
I remember clear moments of lack and scarcity (e.g., my Dad got laid off, “rainy day” jar in the kitchen).
College taught me that getting a good job was the top-level goal in life. So I worked my butt off to (barely) get into the management consulting field upon graduation.
Looking back, I see Millennials as the last generation of the Industrial Era. We were handed a script of what the good life was, and so we ran with it.
Launching into the workforce was a scary but electrifying experience.
Suits, business travel, company-sponsored happy hours….amazing!
I also got married in my mid-20s. Three lovely children soon followed.
Applying my childhood lessons, I worked myself to the bone. My job title was my identity.
What I missed were all the mounting costs. I soon experienced them, losing: my marriage, access to my kids, and my health.
I ran into a wall at 100 MPH.
Only then did I start to awaken to my previous decade: I was trapped in the Corporate Cage.
I needed to rebuild my life — for my own sake and my kids.
Therapy, coaching, and self-development work fueled my rebirth.
I discovered my love of an obscure ancient philosophy (Stoicism), which I deem central to my growth.
Looking back, I realized I was caged, and the 9-5 environment (more like 8-8) was a central culprit.
I decided I couldn’t just leave the lucrative consulting world, as I had extensive financial responsibilities.
So I decided to stay…on my terms.
I ran “survival” experiments for several years — to decrease the negative impacts of work while increasing my lifestyle. One example: I eventually reduced my average workweek hours by 50%, and got promoted.
I was becoming a self-directed person and a better father.
And I even attracted my soulmate! I met Cecilia and we got married in 2017.
As I became intentional with the life I wanted to live, I started to sense what was possible.
I became (healthily) obsessed with reading and spending time around entrepreneurs.
They were building businesses and lives that were dripping in freedom: time, financial, purpose, relationships, health.
The default path no longer suited me. The keys to the cage were in my pocket all along.
Free of make-believe pressures, I was alive and living Uncaged.
As I ran “Uncaged” experiments, I taught my mentees and direct reports to do the same.
I couldn’t bare watching them fall into a similar trap.
My coaching skills grew stronger.
Then, when COVID struck, a lightbulb went off.
An entrepreneurial lightbulb switched on and I felt compelled to help others more formally.
I launched my first side hustle: a coaching business
After several iterations, I realized what felt best was merely helping my past self: someone who’s stuck in corporate hell and wants a better life.
I got into the content creation game on social media, and paired that with podcasting and a newsletter.
Things were gaining steam, and I knew the clock was ticking down on how much more I could stay in my 9-5.
So, after carefully working with my own coach, we set my corporate exit date: March 11, 2022.
That day went exactly according to plan. I said goodbye and now I’m living an entirely different life.
A life of real purpose: being present with my family, helping others at scale, and maximizing my time on this planet.
I’m literally obsessed with helping my past self: taking people from Caged to Uncaged. If that’s you, I’d love to connect.
“When I was burned out, I thought I had to just go venture out on my own [and leave my stable job]. But I soon realized there are ways to have the best of both worlds.”
"It was C-Suite or die. I was a mess. Matt helped me step back and completely reinvent my relationship with work. Now I feel so free and in control."
"Working with Matt fundamentally changed my life. Now I see my job simply as a tool to create the life I really want."
“I can literally feel the new neural pathways lighting up in my brain. Matt’s coaching gave me a clear framework for freedom that has clarified how I'm approaching life — literally.”
“I realized that if I stay on the same path, nothing will change. I’ll end up full of regret. Now, I understand how to be extremely intentional with my days. I’m creating the life I want.”
“I immediately felt freer. [Our coaching experience] gave me a sense of ownership in my day…and helped me live uncaged.”