It was in Chicago where David Meador discovered a key life lesson: The best people will always step forward. He was attending a rehabilitation center after a car accident left him totally blind at 18, and the people of the Windy City generously helped Meador navigate his way around. Now, with a successful insurance career under his belthe set a Northwestern Mutual record for 572 consecutive weeks of salesMeador is using the lessons he’s learned over the course of his life in a new career as a motivational speaker. He’s one of those guys companies commission when they want to pump up their employees. Meador’s business acumen, his cancer-beating spirit (he’s survived two separate diagnoses) and, perhaps most intriguing, his first-place win in the 1977 National Blind Golf Championship are the springboards for sharing his “swing keys” to life and his “drive” for success. There’s much more to him than golf, but let’s face it, anyone who can putt blind deserves to be on the speaking circuit.
By Wil Moss