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Meet Megan Gallagher of Motivational Talks with Megan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Gallagher.

Hi Megan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m a 26 years old 2x TEDx speaker, 4x best selling author, on-camera tv host & mental health advocate. At just 18 years old, I decided to leave college to pursue my passions. It was a scary moment, both mentally and spiritually, it felt as if I was saying yes to this next level of my life. I took the leap of faith, and I was greeted with positivity and support. I knew I wanted to help others and speak in front of people. I didn’t know where to start, but I just started. I walked to the local YMCA in Santa Monica, my friend came to use her iPhone to record me and that’s where it began. For eight years, I hustled, networked and sent thousands of emails until I heard a “yes”. I have spoken at over 750 schools regarding the topic of mental health, self-care and teaching teenagers to be confident. It’s been a very healing journey, the work that I do is for my younger self. When I was in High School, I struggled with anxiety and had daily panic attacks. I remember feeling so much shame and that I was a failure. Now, as an adult, I am so proud of how far I’ve come. It’s been worth it and my greatest joy is to inspire others with tips I’ve learned and to share my path on social media. I still have so many dreams I am working towards, like being an E! News host and NYT best-selling author. I have my vision boards, affirmations and I trust that everything happens in the perfect time.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I do believe that everything happens for a reason. So, I’m much more at peace now with how things pan out in my life. In the beginning of my career, I took everything so personally and got so down. I remember, at the very beginning I wanted to give a TEDx talk. So, I just sent six emails every single day for two years straight. I would feel sad worried and that this dream would never come true. So, I did what I knew best and used that time to prepare. I acted as if I was doing it already, so I spoke at other YMCA’s and boys & girls clubs until I finally got that one yes. At the TEDx Temple City High School, back in 2018. I’m proud because despite hearing “no” and not getting a response back, I still trained my mind to manifest that it was already here. I just became better, not bitter. I didn’t allow that rejection to dishearten me or my reason why I was doing this. I just choose to be positive, it’s a choice. My favorite quote that I have saved on my iPhone is, “Create solutions, not excuses”. If you want something in life, just go for it. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Nothing, your mind is the only limitation. I believe 80% of my career success is from staying in peak state, something Tony Robbin’s talks about. I prime myself, I believe it’s already here and I choose to “act as if…” my dream car, house, partner is already in my life. I was raised with parents who told me, “Megan if you want something, it’s possible, just go for it”. They gave me this confidence that has pushed me to where now I’m living in Miami, across the country from my family and in a new city. Despite feeling homesick, nervous and self-doubt, I still push through all of that. I choose to live a life that’s filled with gratitude, glass half full and only the best energy.

We’ve been impressed with Motivational Talks with Megan, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a 2x TEDx speaker, 4x best selling author, on-camera tv host & mental health advocate. I speak at schools about mental health and wellness. I do wish that in my own High School, they educated us about these important topics. I felt equipped with the tools because I went to therapy at 14 years old, but my own school never gave us help. I’m known for my mental health TEDx talks and videos. I do have many other passions, but I’m most known for my talks and advice clips I post online. I feel that what sets me apart is because I’m only 26 and in my industry that’s very young. I’ve been inducted into three speaking bureaus that all represent celebrities/politicians/CEO’s. I feel so grateful because It’s a big deal to be one of the youngest speakers in these bureaus. I mean to think that I started out by speaking in front of five kids at a local YMCA, to now, being amongst people like Katie Couric, Mark King(The CEO of Taco Bell) and Amy Cuddy. It’s unreal. I never would have thought I’d get even there! I’m most proud of my authenticity. I’ve stayed true to my message and where I come from. I’ll never lose sight of that. I feel that when I speak, students can sense my genuine passion. I have walked the walk. All I want to do is give them tools for achieving a higher level of well-being. I also am promoting my new book, “How To Thrive in The Virtual Classroom”, which is available on Amazon. My advice, tools and mental exercises are all free, easy to do and accessible for all!

I am currently speaking at schools, mainly universities about mental health. I can be contacted through my bureau’s:

– (The Washington Speaker’s Bureau)
– (Big Speak Speaker’s Bureau)
– (Gotham Artists)

How do you define success?
I define success by being happy. I am my most successful when I’m happy, healthy and taking care of myself. I think the two go hand in hand. I feel that life is all about balance and true success comes from within. When I can validate my successes myself first, I know that I’m good enough. I look to no one except myself for feeling good. I also feel that when I help others and spread kindness, I am successful. I love nice things, who doesn’t? I do however, feel good when I have balance and practice giving back to others. I like to reward myself for working hard for my goals, yet I also help people who are struggling.

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Photo #1 Credits: Myself Photo #2 Credits: Temple City High School Photo #3 Credits: Sports Illustrated Magazine Photo #4 Credits: Myself Photo #5 Credits: Myself Photo #6 Credits: Myself

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