Conquer Adversity, Overcome Challenges, Navigate Change.
Scott Burrows’ unforgettable story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback by formulating a crystal clear Vision, maintaining an unstoppable Mindset and pushing through with tremendous Grit inspires audiences to take action both personally and professionally.
Scott is the best-selling author of Vision-Mindset-Grit, his engrossing life story that lays out the roadmap for companies and organizations dealing with catastrophic change, seemingly unconquerable setbacks while providing them with practical tools they can put into immediate action to help push towards exponential growth and personal success.get your copy today!
Scott’s Compelling Story of Transformational Change Is the Hero’s Journey
Scott Burrows is an in-demand Keynote Motivational Speaker who brings the concepts of Vision, Mindset and Grit to life using his life-changing story as the backdrop. Three simple yet powerful words that, when put into action, can help you and your organization stand up to any challenge, push you to the limits of what is possible and set goals that stretch the mind—even during times of change, doubt, uncertainty and fear.
By the age of 19, Scott was a star athlete and fierce competitor. He excelled on the Golf and Track teams, played college football at Florida State University as a walk-on wide receiver for legendary coach Bobby Bowden, and was a top-ranked kick-boxing Black Belt champion whose last fight was broadcast by ESPN.
During the height of his collegiate career, his life changed dramatically. On November 3rd, 1984, he survived a catastrophic automobile accident as a passenger in a friend’s car and broke two vertebrae in his neck that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic. Told he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Scott realized his split-second decision to not wear a seat belt altered his course forever.
Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. After six months of intense physical therapy at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, he fought to stay alive while battling numerous life-threatening complications, including a pulmonary embolism. With the support of his family, friends and his Christian faith, Scott turned an impossible goal into a reality. He returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and had some fun along the way—competing again, this time, in a completely different sport. They call it full-contact wheelchair rugby, otherwise known as Murderball, a Paralympic sport that allowed him to compete with the best physically challenged athletes from around the world. Working as one, these people came together to expand their Vision and prevent their Mindset from becoming their biggest handicap.
After graduating from college, Scott’s was as a Financial Advisor in the Insurance and Financial Industry for Northwestern Mutual. He specialized in life and disability insurance planning as well as retirement, estate and wealth planning. In his 5th year, he hit a huge goal and qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, which is a 100% commission-driven sales production award that fewer than 8% of his peers qualify for annually from more than 500 companies in 70 countries around the world.
At the pinnacle of his career, Scott experienced yet another setback, a second automobile accident. Although he was buckled in this time, new injuries forced him to RE-evaluate, RE-invent and once again RE-ignite his life by practicing and executing what he preaches. During his recovery, Scott reminisced about the overcoming adversity speakers he heard at sales and leadership conferences. Their life-changing stories inspire others to chase their dreams regardless of obstacles or barriers. That’s when Scott decided he would make the tough decision to leave an industry he had so much passion and success in to pursue a speaking career that has taken him around the world. He also took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help expand his brother’s multimillion-dollar golf course fertilizer, chemical and equipment business into Southeast Asia.
In Scott’s book, Vision Mindset Grit!, Scott’s father defined those three empowering words in the foreword: Vision refers to your goals and aspirations, the endpoint you are seeking. Mindset is the continual mental preparation and adjustment needed to meet oncoming challenges. Grit is the day-to-day determination to persevere when you are too tired, too sore or too beleaguered to continue on.
Scott has delivered his story in 45 states and in such countries as Australia, Spain, India, Thailand, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Canada, as well as to our soldiers at the Minot Air Force Base. In addition, on March 18, 2016, 12,000 feet above sea level, in Vail, Colorado, skiing along a ridge known as China Bowl, Scott proposed to Kim Fedele, with whom he connected at their 30th high school reunion.
Partner with Scott today for your next event and get ready to be inspired!
Get ready to experience a very powerful, engaging and thought-provoking presentation that is personalized. With that personal touch, Scott seamlessly weaves in your organization’s challenges, core values and objectives—all while lending his own powerful story and anecdotes that will complement your overall theme and messaging of any product you may have.
Due to Scott’s versatility, he offers industry-specific presentations in addition to his Signature Keynote Presentation for Leadership, High Tech, Sales, Healthcare, Safety, Diversity, Education, Pharmaceutical, Insurance and Financial Organizations.
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“Scott took the information he gathered in our per-meeting call and wove it seamlessly into his message, which made it relevant to each and every person in the room.”Chris Powell, Sr. Vice President and GM
“The theme of this year’s meeting was “Believe,” and Scott’s story blended beautifully with our meeting message. He seamlessly incorporated our client’s name, goals, and other key information into his talk.”Joyce Russell, President
“It was as though Scott had been working side-by-side with our General Agents as he clearly demonstrated an understanding of the issues and opportunities they face.”J. Craig Collins, Senior Vice President