My guest on today's podcast is Stevyn Guinnip. Stevyn is founder of Grow Wellthy, a health and wellness consulting firm based in Springfield, Missouri that specializes in working with busy – but not always healthy – financial advisors.
What's unique about Stevyn, though, is how she combines her family roots in financial advice with her decades-long career in wellbeing and health as a coach to financial advisors, primarily to address what she calls The Big Swap – where we start our careers being younger and healthier but with very little income, and then grow to the point that we're financially successful but at the cost of swapping out our health – a trend that Stevyn is trying to reverse given how it impacts not only an advisor's quality of life but, ironically, also their finances but impacting when they have to retire (or not).
In this episode, we talk in-depth about how Stevyn sees the current "state of the union" when it comes to financial advisor health, and how in providing for others, they often forget themselves, leading to long hours and high stress, especially when coupled with the demands of life ranging from scaling businesses to building families, how, although Stevyn often sees the focus of financial well-being take precedence in the preparation for retirement, in reality, she views both financial wealth and physical well-th as necessary for advisors (and our clients) to have success and freedom in their later years, and how Stevyn utilizes the way that financial advisors are already wired – that is, around metrics, goals, and data – to visualize and optimize helping them find the metrics and measurements that cumulatively effect their health.
We also talk about how Stevyn's first introduction to the financial advisor industry actually pushed her away from it, as she watched her father (and many of his colleagues) achieve the financial success that set them up well for retirement, but without maintaining their holistic health that would have allowed them to truly enjoy their 'golden years', how Stevyn's own near-death experience in Australia caused her to recalibrate her own metrics and definitions of health, as well as sparked a pivot into focusing on financial advisors in particular, and how Stevyn has leveraged the language and terms that we as financial advisors use to speak about wellness, such as using "bad debt" to frame up concepts of sugar, sleep, and other high health hazards, and motivate advisors into action.
And be certain to listen to the end, where Stevyn shares how she saw her own metrics of health slip when building and scaling her business, which in turn made her realize that she didn't have to do it all and outsourced and reprioritized parts of her own business, why Stevyn believes that the first step to wellness comes from confronting and overcoming one's own procrastination and belief in future self, and by aiming for more incremental, natural changes focused around rest and movement, rather than the traditional images of diet and exercise, and why Stevyn views wellness not as a top-down process of science to behavior, but as a curiosity-driven journey between best practices, one's own inclinations, and finding behaviors and habits that we can comfortably sustain.
So, whether you're interested in the common health issues that financial advisors face, how Stevyn uses financial terms to frame health hazards and motivate advisors toward better health practices, or why Stevyn believes that wellness is a top-down process, then we hope you enjoy this episode of the Financial Advisor Success podcast, with Stevyn Guinnip.