I grew up splitting time surfing & skating in the beach town of Sarasota, Florida with my mom and hunting, fishing, camping, and cowboying in the mountains of Red Lodge, Montana on my father’s ranch. The son of two entrepreneurial parents, my dad an automotive mechanic and my mom a chiropractor, I learned the value of hard work and knew from an early age that I would forge my own path as an entrepreneur. So I set out to do so, while living a life of passion and purpose. I am so grateful for each adversity in my life for it has made me stronger as it wasn’t always peaches and cream…
Coming from a divorced home, filled with its own forms of hostility & abuse, I fostered problems at an early age. I was actually dropped on my head as a kid (which probably explains a lot lol) and couldn’t speak for years. I then had an extreme stutter, crazy OCD, and serious anger issues. I went to years of counseling/anger management to overcome it (which is odd coming from the Happy Hustler I know) and got kicked out of multiple schools as a result. I also moved homes 24 times before the age of 18 due to my mother’s sickness and dealt with instability from it. However with all that being said, my brother, sister and I did have plenty of love from both parents and for that I feel very blessed.
Nonetheless, I got involved in plenty of trouble while growing up, most of which I’ll leave off this site, but I learned many lessons the hard way. Poor decisions caught up with me, which ended up in a brief stint in jail, thus catalyzing a change in my ways shortly after. I ultimately failed forward and decided to trade my life of hustlin’ for a life of Happy Hustlin’ where I vowed to use my powers for good.
My dream as a kid was to become a professional soccer player and represent the USA in the World Cup.
Although that dream was derailed due to re-occurring injuries (broken ankle and torn ACL), I did earn a college scholarship to play in college and enjoyed a short semi-pro career in Barcelona. Regardless, sports have always been a part of my life. I also played baseball, football (admittingly, just to wear the jersey to class on gameday and get a date with the high school head cheerleader), basketball, and rugby.
I did also play college rugby, which I quickly realized after getting punched in the d*ck and getting a bloody nose within the first 5 minutes of my first game, that this sport was no f*cking joke! I now regularly enjoy pick up co-ed sports and men’s league soccer where I still GO HARD. What can I say, I love to compete/win 😉
In addition to sports, I have trained various martial arts on and off since I was a kid. Learning kung fu and tai chi from a world-renowed master set the tone, then I took up jui jitsu, boxing, mma, (before losing a large modeling contract due to a black eye, I realized mma doesn’t bode well with modeling, lol).
I most recently have dove into krav maga, Israel’s special forces survival system and it is my new favorite activity, maximum damage with maximum efficiency.
Outdoorsman & Cowboy
I love the outdoors and if I had it my way I would live in nature. Unfortunately living in the woods doesn’t correlate well with making a positive global impact and adding value to humanity, so for now I’ll stay put in society. However, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing (big fan of catch and release), camping and hunting (only kill enough to eat) are amongst my favorite activities.
It is an integral part of who I am at my core and I would feel remised if I did not mention it on this page. I also host an annual horseback mastermind so if you’re feeling froggy, giddy up and apply here.
I have been biohacking the human body, mind and spirit for multiple years now. I love pushing myself and optimizing my performance.
This usually entails freezing cold ice baths, extremely hot saunas, coffee enemas (yes, butt stuff), along with cutting edge protocols such as stem cell injections, NAD +, iv drips and various modern scientific protocols that have their roots based in ancient wisdom.
I subscribe to the methodology, “less is more”. Never taking anti-biotics or vaccines I grew up holistic, often reaching for the herb drawer as opposed to the medicine cabinet. I’ve developed a unique way of mixing modern science with ancient wisdom. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can level up your health and get a completely personalized Optimized Life Gameplan, click here.
Model & Actor
I basically started in the game with a scam agency when I was 16 and learned the industry the hard way. I have now since been modeling/acting professionally for over 15 + years and have earned representation from the top talent agencies in the world such as Wilhelmina and Next. I also trained for over 3 years at the infamous Second City Improv Comedy Center in Chicago following in the footsteps of comedy greats such as Tina Fey, Will Ferrel, Steve Carrell, Amy Pollard and many more.
Throughout my career, I have been rejected thousands (yes, literally that many times) but have always persevered. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s top brands and be on set with the some of the world’s most famous people (including The Rock, Michael Bay, Lady Gaga and plenty more) in some of the coolest places on earth. I have also been the token white guy in a bunch of rad commercials for companies such as Corona, Home Depot, Jeep, Mich Ultra, Tire Kingdom, and more. If you want to watch my reel, to see chameleon Cary in action, you can do so.
It has been a fun ride and I am super grateful for the experiences this part of my life have brought me.
I have also had a passion for business. Whether negotiating a purchase or selling a product, the art of the deal has been an infatuation for me. I knew I was going to have my own business ever since the first lawn I cut in exchange for 2 bucks.
Since then, I have had technically 4 start-ups, 3 failing epically, but learning all the while. I now am blessed to say I am an actual entrepreneur, not a want-treprenuer, and live life (mostly) on my terms. After hustlin’ to the brink of burnout with my tech-startup in NYC, I am now much more interested in Lifestyle Entrepreneurship and do my damnedest to focus on maximum productivity in minimum time spent working so I can go fly fishing more ;).
With that being said, I am here to serve you! I love helping others and urge you to check out my podcast The Happy Hustle where I share my Happy Hustle Hacks and how you can also live a life of passion and purpose while making a positive impact!
Meet my Mentors
Each one of these men has played a monumental role in my life and in my business.
John Lee Dumas
Founder and Host of #1 Business Podcast Entrepreneurs On Fire
Legit a Happy Hustler through and through, a mentor now turned friend who truly embodies working to live not living to work. All while infusing passion, purpose, and a positive impact into a balanced life you love.
Co-founder of Clickfunnels, NYT Best-selling Author, International Speaker, Investor & Entrepreneur
Master Wu Dang Chen
Daoist Priest & Kung Fun Master from the ancient 14th Longmen Sect in the legendary Wu Dang Mountains
My sense’ since childhood, who instilled discipline and spirituality into my everyday routine while teaching me the ancient wisdom of Daoism.
17x Best-Selling Author, International Speaker, Creator of Peaceful Warrior
He truly changed the trajectory of my life in my teens as I was up to no good and headed down the wrong path. I became a peaceful warrior thanks to him and decided to use my powers for the greater good.
#1 Podcast host of The School of Greatness, NYT Best-Selling Author, Former Professional Football Player
Founder of Bulletproof 360 & Entrepreneur
NYT Best-Selling Author 5x, #1 Podcast Host, International Speaker