The Michael Hyatt & Company has one primary guiding tenet – they believe in the Double Win, wherein everyone should win at work and succeed at life.
And for Megan, determining what that would look like for her would take a lot of intentionality, teamwork and dedication, especially considering that her five children range from college-age to just having learned to walk.
“We all have our own unique stories of how we came to this idea of the Double Win,” Megan shares. “I married my husband in 2009 and had two instant kids – bonus children right from the beginning – who are now 19 and 17.
“A couple of years later, we adopted two boys – they were three and 14 months at the time – from Uganda, who, as it turns out had some significant special needs that were not apparent to us at the beginning. As we kind of walked down that journey with them, my career was simultaneously taking off.
“And as time went on, my dad, Michael Hyatt, said, ‘I really want you to take over running the company and step into this Chief Operating Officer role.’ It was my dream. I couldn’t imagine saying no, but I didn’t know how I could possibly do it.”
But, ever committed to practicing what they preach, Megan and her father found a way to make work work for them.
“I said, ‘When they get home from school, I have to be present,” she explains. “I can’t turn them over to a nanny; they can’t stay after school. They had therapies and various things. And he said, ‘That’s fine. Just be done with work at 3 p.m. If you’re able to produce results 9-3, that works for me.”
So she gave it a shot.
But in working through what a Double Win would look like for her and her family, Megan realized that the same obstacles likely prevented other leaders from winning at both work and life – but why?
“It’s the million-dollar question that our clients ask us all the time,” she says. “It’s the question that we see in the media, one most of us have asked ourselves, and I think it’s a couple of things.
“First, we live in a culture of overwork. A cult, really, where we think about work as our primary orientation for life. It’s where we measure our success, and we really think that work-life balance is a myth. There aren’t a lot of good examples around us where we can look at somebody’s life that we respect and say, ‘Oh, they’re doing it. They’re really doing it.’
“Instead, what we see is the glorification of overwork and people like Elon Musk and others who were sleeping on the couch in their office and ignoring their five kids and just abandoning a lot of things outside of work. And I think the consequences of that are tragic to our potential professionally, but also, of course, to everything that’s important outside of work.
“What we don’t want to have happen is that we drift to a destination we wouldn’t have chosen. And if you look at people who have a lifetime of chronic overwork, they’ve bought into this cult of overwork. What you see are so many regrets. There’s just time that’s lost – time with their kids, time with their parents, time with their friends, time with their spouse – that just can’t be recovered; it’s too late.”