We all have breakdowns...

but we have been taught not to listen to them.

Let's change that.

We’ve been taught that our difficult feelings are taboo, signs of weakness, evidence of imperfection, something that we need to fight or overcome. 

But what if our distress is an intelligent alarm system - signaling to us when things in our lives, our professions, our organizations, or relationships need our attention - and need to shift? 

When we are busy suppressing our distress, we get disconnected from our core. In the midst of this disconnection, we are more at risk of choosing relationships, careers, projects, organizations, and pathways forward that do not align with us. 

If we want to find the wisdom needed for a collective waking up, we can start by discovering the messages in our own distress.

Our breakdowns dismantle old ways of being in order to discover what was missing all along. Our breakdowns are strong signals for individual and collective shifts.

Our individual distresses act as an alarm system, clueing us not only into a deeper level of self awareness, but signaling broader structural and systemic problems whose complexity surfaces in our experience.

By sharing these signals we begin to resonate with the themes that run beyond polarity and reductionist thinking and that we can collectively use to develop new ideas, insights, and solutions to broader challenges.

The wisdom within our distress is the key to both deeper self compassion and conscious global activism. 

Unconventional wisdom.

Rebellious vulnerability.

Maverick leadership.

Foundational philosophy

We believe that

  1. Our distress is a driver of success, not a barrier to it. 

  2. Our personal and professional lives are inherently connected. 

  3. Our individual experiences hold critical insights to solve broader collective challenges.

My breakdown: rocketfuel for connection & entrepreneurship

I am Meg Mateer, a former management consultant, a social entrepreneur and an organizational psychologist. 3 years ago I quit a six figure job and moved abroad to start my own business developing human-centered innovation programs for mission driven organizations. 

I did this fuelled by the wisdom, energy and power sparked from my depression.

What? Did I say that right? Depression as a source of wisdom? Anxiety as a source of power? 


A misconstrued, pathologized, misunderstood SUPERPOWER.


I help high performing passion driven professionals learn how to discover the wisdom and power within their distress so they can use this energy as a catalyst rather than a barrier to their growth and leadership. I know that the wisdom, power and energy people can get from their distress is crucial for personal AND global transformation.


It's time to listen to our distress and ask ourselves what deeper truth it's trying to tell us about our lives, our relationships, our organizations and our world.

Ready to tap into the wisdom within your distress? 

Join the program

In a safe group setting, learn practices to find the wisdom waking up in your own experiences of breakdown. 

Get personalized coaching 

Ready to transform but want to do it on your own time? coaching sessions are one-on-one sessions that help you discover your own breakdown wisdom.


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Each week, join me to hear the groundbreaking wisdom within our most challenging life stories. Executives from major corporations are boldly sharing their stories of breaking down, coaches and entrepreneurs are showing how their break down wake up experiences were the inspiration behind their businesses, and leaders are showing how sharing these stories has led them to better, deeper conversations in the business world.

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