I much prefer imperfect action than no action at all.
Matt is a social entrepreneur in the fields of personalized health and future medicine. A heart-centered visionary, Matt is focussed on changing the health trajectory of the human race. He orchestrates a global collaborative vision to revolutionize the concept of health as we know it and facilitate personalized, predictive and preventative health change around the world.
Matt holds a master’s degree in applied human sciences, is a lecturer and clinical educator at several universities in Australia, and has been recognized for his passion and excellence in educating doctors, health professionals and fitness experts globally over the past 10 years. He has been consulted by the United Nations, World Health Organization and the United States Army on Personalized Health and has been featured as a speaker online and at conferences around the world including a TED talk in 2015.
In 2013, Matt founded the Ultimate Human Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to transform world health and assist in eliminating chronic pain and disease from the planet. Matt has founded several businesses in health and medicine over the past 10 years, most recently launching ph360.me, the world’s first smart health app based on personalized epigenetics and gene expression.
Where did the idea for ph360 come from?
I’ve always been one to help other people – through a career in health or just for fun, but my vision to change the health of the world came after my own terminal diagnosis. That’s what ph360 is about. It’s a creation to help individuals live healthy and happy lives and to get rid of the preventable diseases we have in the world right now. The condition I was diagnosed with was a gene mutation that predicted I would be suffering chronic pain every day with my body degenerating rapidly until I would die in ten years time. That diagnosis was 9 ½ years ago and now I am healthier than ever. It’s the science behind ph360 that helped me activate my own genes to be healthy – and with ph360, anyone can do it. ph360 is the first personalized health program based on epigenetics. It’s a collaboration of some of the world’s genius minds in medicine, science and health and I’m very happy that we’ve been able to make personalized health information available to each and every individual.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day for me is one working with the team. We are a global collaboration, so there are meetings at all hours. I split my physical time between the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. One day I might be meeting with researchers, the next day I might be at a speaking engagement discussing personalized health. I constantly reprioritize my time and action to what is required for the best direction of ph360 moving forward.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Action. There is no other way. Our team will brainstorm, or someone might just have a moment of genius, and we make it happen. I much prefer imperfect action than no action at all. It’s also interesting to see how an idea develops along the way. Sometimes it’s exactly as it was when it was first conceived, but other times it evolves so much you could forget where the idea initially came from. I think the key is to be flexible, allow the idea to follow its own potential and give it the support that it needs to thrive.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The future of health. There are so many opportunities and so much technology coming to the forefront these days that we actually have huge potential to change the health of billions of people on the planet. That’s exciting.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Gratitude. Every day I am grateful for my life. Every day I am grateful for the love, help and support of my team and the people around me. When I am grateful for every situation, every lesson, and even every obstacle that I am presented with, it allows me to learn from the situation, observe from the greater perspective and persist in a way that is congruent with who I am and why I am here.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
I can’t say I’ve every really had the worst job – and that may be one of the greatest lessons. What you do really doesn’t matter – it’s how you do it. And without sounding too full of cliches, you get out of something that you put into it. It’s all about your attitude.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
If I look back, the best advice I could have given myself would have been to follow my instincts and put them into action sooner.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Do what you’re passionate about. Do what you believe in. What I do is never about me. It’s about my life’s purpose. I’d encourage everyone to be congruent with who they are rather than what the rest of the world thinks they should be.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
Persistence. We have something that works. We have something with the potential to improve the lives of billions of people around the world. It’s groundbreaking. We’ve faced many obstacles, had some terrible advice from the ‘experts’, and have been tried and tested every step of the way. If we had given up at any of these junctures, we wouldn’t be where we are today. And we wouldn’t be helping thousands – and soon millions – of people around the world.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Not being able to extend the amount of time in a day… I still haven’t overcome it!
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Personalized services. Organic, Personalized Meal Delivery for example. But not just fake-personalized like “gluten-free”. Real Personalized, specific to a person’s health and wellness right now. And if you run with it, please get in touch, because we’re going to need them all around the world real soon!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Just now? A new AC car adapter to charge the laptop while driving. Well, it wasn’t quite $100 but definitely the best money spent recently – keeps me mobile!
What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?
Skype is definitely a favorite. Real time. Efficient. Keeps the communication lines open. And some great movies.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Ah reading books… if I had the time to do it properly. I probably still wouldn’t.. so I’m sorry I’m at a loss here. But I’ve heard there are some great ones…
What people have influenced your thinking and might be of interest to others?
I’m always interested to see what is actually coming to fruition in the future health space so sometimes it’s easiest to skim topics like #futurehealth and #healthtech.
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