Megan McNealy is a professional
speaker, writer, and well-being consultant.
I am so glad that you landed here! Are you curious to know a little more about me? These are some of the most common questions people ask:
What was your career before this?
It’s more like what still ARE my careers!—I am simultaneously an entrepreneur and a corporate business person.
I am an Ivy-League educated, 20-year award-winning Wealth Advisor at one of the top financial firms in the world. My consistent focus has been helping senior corporate executives who have complex financial lives, but very limited time. I am committed to helping them attain financial freedom through my corporate work.
Through my Well-Being Drives Success venture, which I started in 2014, I am helping executives and entrepreneurs achieve total well-being so that they may reach their fullest potential.
What were some of the health challenges that you overcame?
In my public speaking and in my upcoming book, I talk about how stress and imbalance crushed my health, and led me on a healing path.
In my 20s, when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, I considered it a “bummer” and chalked it up to heredity.
In my mid-30s, when I was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease rheumatoid arthritis, a disease where the body mistakenly attacks itself (in this case, the joints), I considered it a “major wake-up call,” and launched what would become a hero’s quest to turn around my health.
In my 40s, when I was sideswiped with a second auto-immune disease, FSGS (chronic kidney disease), I considered it a “downright emergency,” realized I had even MORE work to do.
When I learned I had early stage kidney cancer, amidst my shock, I stepped into an full-out commitment to heal myself, to love myself, and to save my own life.
I no longer suffer from ANY of these diseases. It took nine years of struggling before the rheumatoid arthritis disappeared, and two years for the chronic kidney disease to slip into remission. It took only one month for the cancer to vanish. In the well-being protocol that I created- my Well-Being Wheel©-I completely revived my health and life, and became masterful at healing. My complete success in doing so further inspired what I consider my life’s work- to help others regain their vibrant well-being.
Why did your well-being approach have such tremendous success where others have not?
My well-being approach is captured in an image that I call my “Well-Being Wheel©.” I created this well-being protocol of what complete well-being looks like, in the shape of a wheel, with 18 spokes of all the aspects of total body, mind and spirit well-being; I believe that each spoke has equal weighting as far as importance.
Many other well-being approaches out there focus on just a single one of these spokes as a suggested end-all solution, perhaps in the body category (like diet) or the mind category (like meditation). I found that complete healing- from the inside out- requires many levels of introspection and attention.
My mentor and someone I look up to, Jack Canfield, CEO of the Canfield Training Group and NYTimes bestselling author of The Success Principles said, “Megan has created one of the most comprehensive models of what total well-being looks like. If you want to have vibrant well-being, with the body, mind and spirit all working together, this is the woman to go to.” I could not have been more flattered.
How did you come up with that revolutionary Well-Being Wheel©?
I first created it to heal myself, and along my well-being journey, I documented what practices had a powerful healing effect. I used information from my partnership with traditional doctors, alternative medicine practitioners, dieticians, self-help books, personal growth workshops, body workers, healers, spiritual advisors, hours of reflection, and most of all, inner knowing.
I now am using the Well-Being Wheel© powerfully to help others up-level everything from their health to their relationships to their performance at work.
What is amazing about the Well-Being Wheel© is that many of the top executives in this country who embody well-being excel at several of the “spokes” on the wheel. I am not surprised! Well-Being Drives Success.
What do you mean by Well-Being Drives Success™?
I discovered, during my healing journey, that there is a direct correlation between vibrant well-being and high performance. This is true for every area of your life.
Most executives and entrepreneurs believe that they will embrace well-being after they are successful, when they have the time and money. The truth is that well-being DRIVES success.
I discovered on my well-being journey that on the other side of the intense pain and struggle was, surprisingly, greater peace, self-acceptance and joy than I ever knew possible. I call that personal success. Also, my wealth management business, my career success, has thrived even more—for instance, from the point of my greatest health suffering (in 2010) to now, I have more than tripled my yearly income! I would never would have believed that I would someday view my illnesses as one of my greatest life’s gifts.
For me, well-being up-leveled everything!
Inspired, I have interviewed dozens of other senior leaders who also are driving performance at work from a core center of well-being, and I am sharing these life-changing success strategies in my public teaching and my upcoming book.
What is the extent of the current workplace well-being “crisis” you talk about?
We have a collective health crisis on our hands. I notice an increasing number of diagnosed and suffering people in the corporate workforce. Studies are showing that working Americans’ sense of their overall well-being is declining. (Guardians’ U.S. Workforce Well-Being Index™, 2017).
With over 80 types of autoimmune disorders affecting an estimated 50 million Americans (AARDA American Autoimmune Related Diseases Assn, 2016), with 1,685,210 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in the US in 2016 (American Cancer Society) and with high blood pressure affecting 1 in 3 adults, or another 70 million Americans (Center for Disease Control, 2016), we can’t look away.
By relaying my message that Well-Being Drives Success™, I hope to effect a profound change on the way we view health and stress in our places of business.
How do you help people with their Well-Being?
- I am a keynote speaker for corporate audiences and other interested groups nationwide. These group settings are informative and electric!
- I work with executives and entrepreneurs 1:1 in private consultations in person, via Skype and on the phone. Working together, we can customize a plan that can lead to optimal performance.
- I have my first book coming out in 2018, called Well Being Drives Success: An Executive and Entrepreneur’s Guide to Optimal Performance, Vibrant Health and Joy.
- I reach and inspire followers through my blog, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
I believe that each of us has a unique and an optimal Well-Being Wheel© of practices and strategies that keeps our BODY, MIND and SPIRIT in perfect flow. I am passionate about spreading this message to executives rebooting their health, to entrepreneurs looking to enhance their wellness, and to those looking to perform at their highest potential. I inspire people to create a conscious commitment to themselves, and teach them how to seize their immense personal power.
What are some things most people don’t know about you? Any hidden superpowers?
I am a mindful mom to two incredible teenage daughters, who live with me in Northern California, just outside of San Francisco. I am a Reiki Master; energy is real, people! My spirit animal is a hummingbird.