- Expert on Overcoming Obstacles & Navigating Change
- Bestselling Author of Vision-Mindset-Grit
- Former Financial Advisor and Member of the Million Dollar Round Table
With the immense workforce challenges experienced in today’s shifting marketplace, companies must find a way to encourage employees to stay focused and resilient in the wake of our shifting economic crises. One way to meet this challenge is through an Inspirational Overcoming Adversity Resilience Speaker who will excite, engage and leave the audience with a lasting message that will bolster team spirit and teach practical tools for managing change. Scott Burrows is an impactful resilience speaker who will rally employees to challenge not only themselves, but effectively manage adversity with the mindset of a champion.
“The Carestream experience with Scott Burrows was nothing short of extraordinary. He did not simply speak to our people, he transformed the way we think, and challenged us to reframe and purposefully examine where we are and where we want to be. The few moments when my eyes left Scott to see how our people were receiving him, I was moved by the extent of their engagement; eyes riveted, leaning forward, holding their breath, crying and laughing, riding his highs and lows with him. From my 40 years of experience in this business, I place Scott among the giants in this field.”
Sales Development, US&C
Resilience Speaker Scott Burrows speaks from experience as a person who has overcome enormous obstacles and produced unexpected success during times of catastrophic change. His undaunting spirit and three-pronged strategy of VISION, MINDSET, GRIT provide a great foundation and perspective-builder if your company is ready to introduce new initiatives into the corporate structure.
Use Scott’s motivational resilience keynote to underscore the value of taking the lead when things get tough, and finding ways to embrace fear and remove resistance surrounding change. Inspirational speaking events are also an effective way to support an organizations culture by offering examples and solutions to ongoing issues at the staff and volunteer levels.
Whatever challenges your company or association may face, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear.
The belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you—and your organization—will be left behind.
“Sometimes the last speaker at a conference is faced with everyone looking at their watches and wondering about their flights to get back home. Scott Burrows changes that equation in every way. Not only are people glued to their seats, they are hanging on every word. His passionate story about overcoming the most difficult of life’s challenges is a must-see and must-hear for anyone that believes in ascending to the highest of mountains or reaching for the moon and the stars. There were few dry eyes in our audience when Scott was done, but there were many hearts and minds opened to the possibilities of what perseverance and belief in oneself can achieve. Scott Burrows delivers more than a speech about what he has overcome in his life, he brings a mindset that can change your life.”
VISION-MINDSET-GRIT is Scott’s best-selling book detailing his engrossing life story, laying out the roadmap for companies and organizations dealing with catastrophic change and uncertainty. Scott’s book details how to face seemingly unconquerable setbacks by providing readers with practical tools they can put into immediate action to help push them toward exponential growth and personal success.
“You have a great story that reinforces how important one’s commitment, belief and passion for overcoming obstacles are to achieving their goals. Our organization will benefit greatly from your story. I spoke with many of the sales reps, and they all were inspired to accept change and challenge themselves to do things differently. Thank you again for your time and inspiration.”
Executive Business Director,
National Accounts, Managed Markets
Scott’s Compelling Story of Transformational Change Is the Hero’s Journey!
Scott Burrows is a top Inspirational Resilience Speaker who teaches the concepts of Vision, Mindset and Grit worldwide using his life-changing story as the backdrop for organizational success. Three simple, yet powerful words that when put into action can help you and your organization stand up to any challenge, push the limits of what is possible and set goals that stretch the mind—even during times of change, uncertainty and fear.
By the age of 19, Scott was a star athlete and fierce competitor. He excelled in golf and track, was a college wide receiver at Florida State University for legendary coach Bobby Bowden, and 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 astounded his doctors and 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 served 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 nine-month 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.
Scott also took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help expand his brother’s golf course fertilizer, chemical and equipment company into Southeast Asia by disrupting an industry and doing what the competition was unwilling to do — offer custom-blended fertilizers designed specifically to meet the needs of golf course fairways and greens based on individual soil tests. This expansion brought in an excess of 1.6 million the first year.
In Scott’s book Vision Mindset Grit!, his 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 inspired audience throughout the United States as well as Australia, Spain, Bahamas, India, Thailand, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Canada, as well as to our soldiers at the Minot Air Force Base.
Scott’s programs are CUSTOMIZED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION. With a personal touch, he seamlessly weaves in your company’s challenges, terminology, core values and objectives—while lending his own personal story and business insights that will complement your overall theme and product messaging.
Sales Leaders RAVE about Scott’s insider knowledge of the sales arena and the self-mastery techniques he teaches teams in order to gain a true competitive advantage over their business rivals. Scott will share how to apply the same timeless principles of Vision-Mindset-Grit that have had a profound impact in his life. This popular program helps listeners master change and sets the stage for developing cutting-edge ideas and leadership strategies that will benefit your entire organization.
Get ready to experience a powerful, life-changing sales presentation that will push your insurance and financial teams to new heights. With a corporate background as top-producing insurance and financial advisor and former member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Scott Burrows teaches sales teams the key drivers to becoming number one in their industry. Scott knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the field—generating activity, making scheduled calls, prospecting, facing rejection, overcoming objections, all while listening to clients’ needs to determine recommendations and solutions.
In today’s changing Educational System, many schools and districts around our country are trying to maintain a winning and optimistic attitude after a long season of disruption, fear, hybrid learning and new teaching challenges returning to the classroom. Perhaps today your school district is dealing with high poverty and literacy levels, changing testing or technology standards, and student behavioral changes. Or maybe you are feeling burnt-out, overwhelmed and paralyzed?
Inspirational Healthcare Speaker Scott Burrows ignites teams with a life-changing presentation that will help your team learn practical tools to Stand Up to Any Challenge. With the rapidly changing healthcare environment, healthcare workers, nurses, leaders and support teams need help navigating the extreme challenges and burnout of COVID-19, in addition to the overwhelming trials of budget cuts, equipment shortages and economic uncertainty. Scott will encourage healthcare professionals to find more passion and fulfillment in their work while teaching them day-to-day resiliency while encouraging their patients to Never Give Up Hope!
Are you searching for a Motivational Speaker who can INFLUENCE your sales team to be resilient, adaptable and set goals that stretch the mind? As Pharmaceutical audiences have discovered, Scott Burrows’ thought-provoking presentation and compelling story is the hero’s journey, providing what will be an unforgettable and lasting memory to inspire your attendees to stand up to any challenge. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott reveals how to drive results using the same mental focus that helped him reinvent his life after a catastrophic accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. He will demonstrate there are no barriers or stop signs in life, or the pharmaceutical marketplace, just detours and workarounds.
With the alarming predominance of workplace accidents caused by human error, the importance for engaging teams with safety procedures in a way that is meaningful and can promote significant change is crucial. Motivational Safety Speaker Scott Burrows details his unforgettable, life-changing inspirational story of turning a paralyzing setback caused by a poor split-second decision into a powerful comeback that will inspire your team to develop a true safety MINDSET. Scott details how easy it is to become desensitized to common safety routines, and how ‘just this once’ can tragically impact the rest of their lives.
KEY PROGRAM Takeaways
- Learn how to create a visionary game plan that entices you to take action
- Examine the benefits of dreaming in full color and setting goals that stretch the mind
- Discover the impact of connecting your organization to a shared company vision
- Find out how conscious visualization can give you that competitive advantag
- Learn how breaking the fall line can help you create an unstoppable mindset
- Examine the mindset of poise and execution and releasing resistance around change
- Discover how to not let your mindset become your biggest handicap to increase productivity
- Understand how forgiveness, a leadership trait, increases employee engagement and leads to greater team adherence
- Find out how asking the “what” questions can get you thinking differently and help you navigate change
- Learn what it takes to stretch yourself beyond your paralysed state to reach unimaginable goals and up your game
- Examine why your willingness to fail but your unwillingness to quit is a leadership trait that can keep you focused
- Discover adaptive strategies to help you stand up to any challenge
- Understand the winning impact of going with what scares you
- Cultivate ways to unlock your grit that can improve your performance
Scott's Clients Have Used These Alternate Titles:
- Rise to the Challenge
- Anything Is Possible
- Triumph Over Adversity
- Stand Up to Any Challenge
- Rising and Thriving
- The Power of Tomorrow: NO LIMITS
- Thriving Through Changing Times
- How to Develop an Unstoppable Mindset
- Overcoming Adversity
- Don’t Stop Believing
- Transforming Limitations into Opportunities
“This keynote sets the tone and stage for the entire convention. We look for someone who can inspire us, has a message that ties to our convention theme & industry, and who would motivate us. Scott delivered on these three key points and more! Scott was able to weave his personal story with lessons learned, strategies to overcome obstacles that come your way, and encourage all to never to quit because success can be just around the corner. Our audience was clearly captivated. A measure of success was that he received two standing ovations. Standing ovations rarely happen in our keynotes, and two have never happened before Scott. Working with Scott was a pleasure. He was available, communicative and generous with his time. He made sure he delivered what we were looking for in a keynote. I highly recommend him as a keynote speaker and would be happy to talk with you personally about our experience.”
LIZ WHITNEY, Director, Education & Meetings,
International Warehouse Logistics Association
“If living with success is easy and overcoming adversity is the true test of the human spirit, Scott Burrows passed the test with flying colors and went right to the head of the class. Scott’s presentation on Vision, Mindset and Grit is an extremely powerful, warm, enlightening and inspirational chronicle of an amazing man with a very active and passionate heart and soul. Scott exemplifies WILL and HUMANITY. Beyond the fundamental message of never giving up, Scott Burrows delivers multiple messages in his presentation that stimulate deep thought, raw emotion and bold energy to dig a little deeper and be a lot stronger. In 20+ years of hand-picking speakers to create very substantive impact with large and diverse audiences, Scott Burrows was hands-down, heads-up, eyes-welling and hearts-pounding one of the very best.”
JOEL DANDREA, CEO, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
“I could say that Scott Burrows simply ‘spoke’ to our buying group organization’s owners and senior partners, but actually, it would be better stated that Scott mesmerized this group of hard-to-impress folks on these topics that day! By diligently researching SMA before his speech, learning in-depth our purpose, practices, challenges and opportunities, and precisely aligning these with the myriad relevant aspects of his amazing life’s story, Scott drove home to all a message of seeing what is possible and good, overcoming all obstacles to get there, and winning! He left our audience standing, clapping and deeply wishing that he would stay with us a whole lot longer!”
CHRIS ROWE, Director of Marketing Services,
Strategic Marketing Alliance
“We recently launched a new division and were facing challenges and growing pains common in the start-up phase of many organizations; basic operational and support challenges as well as the challenge of being ‘first’ and having to establish a successful culture and foundation with limited bench strength to draw upon. Scott Burrows was definitely the right choice, and his personal story touched everyone. Scott worked with my management team and me to understand our business goals and challenges, and effectively paralleled these with his own experiences to illustrate how his approach could be applied to their personal challenges. He was effective in his delivery, and he provided them with the inspiration and motivation to continue breaking new ground, while establishing a winning culture in the process.”
“Scott did wonderful job serving as the keynote speaker for our 2022 Annual Sales Conference. His presentation impacted our employees in such a positive and emotionally stirring manner that we have continued to hear comments such as ‘Best meeting yet!’ and ‘What an awesome event!’ Scott’s buildup and delivery grip the attention of the audience and pull them in by captivating their attention. We provided Scott with descriptive information about our company, and he took the time and effort to customize it by weaving it throughout his presentation, allowing our employees to relate to the message he was were sharing. This included using the D&M Leasing language and lingo our sales team utilize everyday while on the job. It was energizing, captivating, relatable, and astounding! We have booked many speakers over the years. Scott raised the bar and delivered the impact we were looking for.”
GREG BUELL, CFO, HERNCO (D&M Leasing Family of Companies)
“Scott Burrows did an excellent job delivering a very powerful and motivating keynote presentation at our global Finance & Operations team meeting in Bermuda. His message of Vision, Mindset and Grit resonated with our team in a tremendous way as Scott did an excellent job at not only speaking from his heart but also personalizing his message to touch on various challenges and initiatives that our team has been facing or focusing on. Scott’s story about how he has overcome tremendous challenges in life to achieve enormous success is relevant at both a personal and professional level and we all walked away with a greater sense of belief in ourselves as individuals and as a team.”
JAMIE FRASER, Chief Accounting Officer,
RENAISSANCE RE SERVICES, Ltd
“Scott Burrows has a story to tell. A moving story, one that will make your eyes well up, will make you come to your feet in support and will leave you with a message forever implanted in your brain. I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Scott in the hours leading up to his presentations to two different groups that we were hosting over a weekend conference. Both groups have a slightly different vision and purpose. This is where he has exceeded any speaker I have ever dealt with. He “listened” to me over the conversations that we had and wove our message, our story into his presentation with a masterful way that one would have thought it was the only message he ever presents. The following day to a different cohort, he accomplished the same feat. It was a joy to listen to him, a greater joy to get to know him.”
HARVEY WEINGARTEN, DDS
The Commission on Dental, Competency Assessments
“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
“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.”