Conversation with Margaret Wallis-Duffy of Wallis for Wellness
Business owners get asked all the time “what they struggle with most” What they are rarely asked are the positive questions about creativity and inspiration.
So, here are the questions we asked Margaret Wallis-Duffy, founder of Wallis For Wellness, a Registered Massage Therapist and Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
What inspired you to start a business? Do you still feel the same way?
My own very difficult health journey is what inspired me to open my own integrative health clinic 28 years ago. Even though my journey was a real struggle and at the time it was a REAL challenge, I look back at it now and it was a gift. If it wasn’t for conventional medicine, I wouldn’t be here but equally and profoundly true, it it wasn’t for complementary medicine, I wouldn’t be here either! I had a poop transplant after all! That being said, my own journey inspired me to want to educate, empower, and inspire others to find their own integrative health team, so they too could play a more active role in their health and become the CEO of it
If you could speak to your younger self, just starting out, what advice would you give her?
I would tell her to be patient, believe in her abilities and don’t let the opinion of others deter her from chasing your dreams! I would also tell her to CHARGE what she is worth!
Who inspires you (alive or not) and why?
Both of my parents have been my inspiration. My father (may he rest in peace) was an incredible, engaging public speaker, and I grew up watching and learning from him. My Mom lead by example when it comes to preventative health. As a little girl, I watched my Mom exercise, do yoga daily (before it was popular), focus on good nutrition, and consciously work on mindset through meditation. As an only child, my parents have always been my biggest supporter and their strong, supportive approach to parenting had a massive impact on me and my confidence. I was always encouraged to reach for the stars, fail forward, and know that there would always be a safety net (my family) to catch me.
At the end of your life what would you wish you could have done more of today?
More travel, less work even though I am passionate about what I do and I do travel.
How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation? Something else?
I define my business success in a variety of ways. I don’t take for granted the autonomy that my career has given me. As an entrepreneur, my passion and clarity of purpose fuel me! The impact my career is having on the health of others is one of the most rewarding aspects this journey and I see that as part of my success! I define my success by the countless practitioners that have earned a good living in my clinic while having a positive impact on others. I define my success by the thousands of dollars our clinic has donated to worthwhile charities and the countless hours I have given to initiatives to help create necessary change in our healthcare system.
What book should every business owner read?
What advise would you give to a woman becoming an entrepreneur?
Don’t play small! You must be willing to do the work, lean into vulnerability and be willing to fail, get back up and fail again! Never underestimate your abilities and be sure to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, challenge you, and raise the bar!