- Expert on Overcoming Obstacles & Navigating Change
- Bestselling Author of Vision-Mindset-Grit
- Former Financial Advisor and Member of the Million Dollar Round Table
Our world is changing at one of the fastest rates in human history. With the expanding capabilities of advancing technologies and the limitless reach of social media, the economy is ever-changing—as are the workforce, your industry and your competition. If you are unwilling to change or adapt in a marketplace that demands it, catching up can be costly and heart-wrenching.
Change begins by opening your heart and mind to new ideas and different ways of doing things through innovation and creativity. When you are creating, you are Re-evaluating, Re-inventing and Re-igniting your life, passion and drive to keep leaning forward into your future.
Scott’s compelling story is the hero’s journey, providing what will be an unforgettable and lasting memory to inspire your audience to stand up to any challenge regardless of circumstances. He will show you firsthand how to apply the same timeless principles of Vision-Mindset-Grit that have had a profound impact in his life to enable you and your organization to Conquer Adversity, Persevere and Navigate Change.
In this dynamic presentation of turning setbacks into comebacks and pushing the limits of what is possible—told while using his physical paralysis as a metaphor and blending eloquent storytelling and witty humor—Scott leaves audiences spellbound.
Scott Burrows was a star athlete and fierce competitor. By the age of 19, he played college football at Florida State University as a walk-on wide receiver 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 terrible automobile accident as a passenger in his friend’s car, suffering a critical and life-threatening spinal cord neck injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic. To achieve extraordinary results from that point forward in both his personal and professional life, Scott learned how to harness a clear VISION, an unstoppable MINDSET and tremendous GRIT. Three simple words, with so much meaning and impact behind them, can be very powerful to any person or organization when put into action!
- 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 advantage
- 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
“The Carestream experience with Scott Burrows was nothing short of extraordinary. He transformed the way we think, and challenged us to reframe and purposefully examine where we are and where we want to be. Scott connected with our group at a deep and meaningful level. From my 40 years of experience in this business, I place Scott among the giants in this field. Tactically, Scott was diligent and invested in preparing for our group, professional and proactive in all communications with us, genuine and personal in his delivery, and masterful in working our reality into his message. We are better people and professionals having experienced his presence.”
NEIL BRYANT, Vice President, Sales Development, US&C
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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
“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.”