Scott Burrows

The Power of Grip: A Journey from Adversity to Success in the Consumer Goods Industry

In the world of motivational speaking, stories of triumph over adversity are not uncommon. But for me, the narrative goes beyond inspiration—it’s about embodying the very principles of vision, mindset, and grit that have shaped my journey.

At the age of 19, a car accident left me with a broken neck and a daunting diagnosis of quadriplegia. But from the confines of a wheelchair, I refused to let my circumstances define me. Halfway through my presentations, I rise from that chair—a symbolic testament to the transformation of an impossible dream into a tangible reality.

Last year, I had the honor of addressing Unilever’s Agents at their annual summit—a Fortune Global 500 company seeking inspiration to set the tone for the year ahead. Amidst the anecdotes and insights I shared, one moment stands out—the revelation of a simple gesture that held profound significance.

I spoke of the grip—the human connection embodied in the act of shaking hands. For me, it represented a milestone, a symbol of resilience and determination. But beyond the individual, it signified the strength that comes from unity, from collaboration, from coming together as one cohesive team.

As the room embraced this sense of unity, I posed a question: “How does it feel to be connected, to be united?” It’s in this unity, I emphasized, that lies the strength of Unilever’s grip—the foundation upon which exceptional outcomes and extraordinary achievements are built.

In my presentation, I also delved into the mindset of a world champion—a mindset characterized by poise, execution, and above all, grit. It’s this grit, I emphasized, that fuels the transformation of organizations, driving them to new heights of excellence and achievement.

Yet, amidst the inevitability of change, I stressed the importance of embracing it—not as a challenge, but as an opportunity for growth and evolution. It’s about opening our minds to fresh ideas, different approaches, and new solutions, and having the courage to act upon them.

Last year, Unilever embraced change with the rollout of Compass, also known as CD Manifesto 1.0. The commitment to this change was palpable—the dedication, the perseverance, the collective effort to drive it forward. And the results spoke volumes—market share gains, customer wins, and organizational transformation.

Now, with the introduction of CD Manifesto 2.0, Unilever stands at the cusp of yet another transformational journey. With pillars centered around growth, inclusivity, upskilling, and agility, the stage is set for a new chapter of success and innovation.

The commitment to change, I concluded, is a powerful weapon—one that has transformed organizations like Apple, Tesla, and CVS Pharmacy. And for Unilever, it’s a testament to the unwavering spirit of progress, the relentless pursuit of excellence, and the collective determination to shape the future.

As I wrapped up my presentation, I left the room with a simple yet profound message: the journey from adversity to success is not a solitary one—it’s a shared experience, a collaborative effort, a testament to the power of unity, vision, mindset, and above all, grit.

To reach me for a speaking opportunity:

Scott Burrows, Keynote Motivational Speaker | Author
Office: 813-477-0862

Donna Buttice, Business Manager
Office: 630-330-7533 
Website: Platinum Speakers Agency: The Best Keynote Speakers for Your Events

Inspiring organizations to cultivate a Vision that transcends boundaries, a Mindset that defies limitations, a Grit that knows no bounds! 

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