Get Ready to Experience a Powerful, Emotional and Life-Changing Safety Presentation!

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. Most human factors involved in accidents occur in the arena of memory, awareness and attention, judgment and reasoning, attitude, and risk perception – all areas dealing with the cognitive mindset and the need for even the most highly-trained individuals to remain alert and focused during potentially hazardous work situations.

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.

At a time when our 100-year-old company was going through major changes in leadership and heading in a new cultural direction, Scott Burrows delivered the message of Transformational Change. The stories of dealing with a new reality and getting through each minute, hour, day and week of his new life after the accident were inspirational and put our business challenges into perspective. Scott received a standing ovation from our employees and set in motion a different way to accept change in our organization. Scott was able to weave the issues facing our construction industry into real life examples of his life that were relatable to the audience. I have had the opportunity to listen to many speakers over the past 35 years and the message Scott delivered to our company was amazing!”


Told while using own physical paralysis as a visual metaphor and blending eloquent storytelling with humor and crowd interaction, Scott leaves audiences captivated, inspired and ready to take action. His VISION, MINDSET AND GRIT SAFETY PRESENTATION will Impact your team by encouraging better day-to-day safety decisions in the workplace and changing the way your employees view and approach their jobs. Listeners will walk away embracing workplace safety protocols as opposed to resisting or ignoring them.

  • Learn how to create a clear Vision that entices your employees to follow safety procedures and promotes accountability for their teammates
  • Examine the safety Mindset of poise, execution and non-resistance
  • Discover how not to let your Mindset become your biggest handicap to increase employee productivity
  • Find out how asking the ‘what’ questionscan get you thinking differently and help prevent accidents in the workplace
  • Cultivate ways to unlock your Grit that can improve safety performance


“Scott’s exceptional professionalism resulted in not only in a heartfelt standing ovation from all in attendance, but successfully underscored he highly important theme of how individuals can overcome obstacles even in the most extreme or unanticipated circumstances. Moreover, Scott was able to link individual achievement with the role of an individual in helping a forward-thinking team to become more than the sum of its parts. We were all very pleased with the extent to which Scott worked in advance, to understand the themes of the event, which revolved around workforce safety, as well as the nature of the company’s business. His preparation thoroughly integrated our objectives with his core messages. We warmly recommend to other companies the motivational, dramatic and effective presentation of Scott Burrows that also revolved around workforce safety.”

 MARK BRUNER, Robroy Industries

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.

“I’ve heard over 100 motivational speakers at various conferences, including speakers such as Pat Riley, Lou Holtz, Chris Gardner and many, many others. Though I can remember a few of the speakers, it is rare that I can remember what they’ve spoken about – at least not for very long. Your message Vision, Mindset and Grit is simple but so very powerful. It is simple enough that I have thought about it every day since your presentation. It has been a powerful reminder to me of the importance of having a clear vision, a mindset to focus on those things I can control and having enough perseverance – Grit – not to give up too soon.”

WILLIAM R. MUMPOWER, CLU, CFP, Executive Vice President, Ashford Advisors

Scott’s Compelling Story of Transformational Change Is the Hero’s Journey!


Scott Burrows is a top Motivational Workplace Safety 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.


“I am the captain of my soul’ quotation has inspired me to confidently take charge and control of my life – here at work and at home. I recently volunteered to lead a corporate budget software program rollout that will enhance Seminole’s capabilities in this critical area.”

The Mindset of Safety for Supervisors

Frontline safety supervisors are the linchpin for an effective safety culture and responsible for creating an environment that embraces self-awareness, accountability and non-resistance. In the midst of analyzing hazard investigations, regulatory requirements, training and maintaining a safe work environment, it is easy to lose focus, and harder still to find the daily grit to persevere in an ever-changing environment.

In this impactful leadership safety presentation , Scott teaches supervisors how to inspire teams to make better safety decisions while staying focused on a shared company vision that will lower your recordables.

  • What can I do to encourage a shared responsibility in team members to not only follow individual procedures, but to ensure teammates are also demonstrating safe behaviors in the workplace?
  • What can I do to lead by example that will demonstrate my investment in individual team members and help educate workers that even a minor accident can have a devastating effect on everyone?
  • What can I do to encourage my co-workers to make better safety decisions that will safeguard company protocols so they are not overlooked by management and fellow workers?
  • What can I do today to positively reinforce safety compliance through encouragement and reward, rather than merely negative consequences after an accident has occurred?

Scott’s presentation on Vision, Mindset and Grit is extremely powerful. He 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!.” – Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

Fleet Safety: Peak Performance Strategies for Drivers

With vehicular accidents costing employers $60 billion per year in property damage, legal and medical expense as well as the loss of worker productivity, employee training and development will always be the key factor in keeping drivers safe, while also protecting your companies’ bottom line.

Nothing delivers the importance of safety better than a compelling personal story. Neuroscience studies confirm storytelling illuminates parts of the brain that are only active when a listener actually experiences something – triggering their imagination, engaging them with a deep emotional response and sealing it into subconscious memory. With these areas of the brain activated and connected by a physical and emotional response, memory retention has been shown to be up to 7 times more effective than training through facts and figures.

Key Program Takeaways:

  • Learn how to communicate a shared company vision that will impact drivers to take safety seriously
  • Understand the method for creating a laser-focused mindset that will help drivers minimize road distractions and heighten awareness
  • Discover adaptation strategies that will increase employee buy-in and crush resistance to safety protocols

“I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of presentation seminars over the past 30 years, to include military as well as civilian venues – without reservation; they do not even come close to you!”

THE MINDSET OF SAFETY: Overcoming Stress on the Job

In this interactive safety session, Scott Burrows dials in the origins of stress and helps audience members understand how to stay focused and resilient on the job site. This breakout training helps listeners reduce mental distractions, recognize the symptoms of stress and nervous system overwhelm, and provides concrete techniques to reduce it.

Scott teaches workers how to identify the difference between job-induced stress and personal projections that can lead to accidents, while engaging audiences to identify and reframe their way of thinking. Packed with insights from his compelling personal journey through catastrophic change, audiences will walk away empowered with tools to help improve and control their mental and physical environment, rather than merely reacting to it.


  • Causes of stress
  • Recognition of the ‘controllables’
  • Staying focused under distractions

Stress Management Techniques:

  • How to immediately recognize negative thought patterns and realign Mindset
  • Develop new patterns of behaviors onsite that support safety and productivity
  • How to respond to stress instead of ‘reacting’ to it
  • Effective lifestyle changes that greatly impact and reduce stress levels on and off-site

Audience Interaction

  • Identify personal stressors that affect job performance
  • Team exercise




  • 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

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“Scott Burrows keynote speech was incredibly inspiring and motivating for our employees in our mission to bring safety in the workplace and manage injuries to their best outcomes. Scott was unique in that he did the research on our company and interspersed keen comparisons of our company’s challenges into his own life’s lessons on safety, not being afraid to fail and never quitting. This made Scott’s captivating, challenging message an even more personal and meaningful one for our employees. I highly recommend Scott as a motivational speaker for any company, and especially a company interested in increasing their safety culture.

“Your ‘Vision, Mindset, and Grit’ keynote presentations powerfully underscored Seminole’s commitment to diversity celebrating and championing positive change from the individual through organizational levels. Your dynamic presentations were overwhelmingly assessed by our employees as one of the very best and most inspirational that Seminole employees have ever heard! Thank you once again, Scott, for your personal and professional testimony that inspires each of us to achieve greater positive changes within our workplace and personal lives. We genuinely welcome and look forward to partnering with you in the future.”

“Thank you for your safety leadership presentation at our annual meeting. Many of the attendees told me that it was one of the best safety presentations they had ever attended. Your story and message are very impactful. Your mantra of Vision-Mindset-Grit resonate with our managers. You drove home several of our primary safety tenants, but obviously only someone with your life experiences can achieve such an emotional and uplifting response in doing so.”