Scott Burrows is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing college football at Florida State University as a wide receiver and a top-ranked kickboxing champion with his last fight broadcast by ESPN. On November 3, 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic and irreversible turn. He was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.
Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. He made the decision to take action, to focus on the positives of the experience as opposed to dwelling on the obvious and overwhelming negatives.
With the tremendous clarity provided by his singular focus, Scott resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles: Vision helped him see complete success in his mind’s eye first. Using Mindset, he let go of the past and focused 100% on what he could control. With Grit, he determined to take action and persevere until he succeeded.
Scott’s application of these innovative concepts boosted and enhanced his recovery, and he achieved results that astonished doctors, therapists, family and friends alike. After graduating from college, he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in the insurance and financial industry, a 100% commission driven award achieved by fewer than 8% of agents worldwide.
He also developed into a wheelchair athlete and became a best-selling author with his book, "Vision Mindset Grit: How to Stand Up When Life Paralyzes You."
Employing his paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott encourages his audiences to stand up to their challenges—regardless of circumstances—using the dynamic principles of Vision, Mindset and Grit. His presentations are inspirational, focused and enthusiastically received.
Scott has presented to hundreds of associations and corporations in the U.S. and around the globe. He has also shared the stage with iconic celebrities such as Rudolph Giuliani, Terry Bradshaw and Neil Armstrong. Speaking to more than 100,000 people a year, he influences the lives of millions as well through his keynote speeches, books, CDs and DVDs.
- Vision, Mindset, Grit
- Vision - Creating a Vision for Your Business and Life (workshop)
- Mindset - Finding and Replenishing Your Energy Source (workshop)
- Grit - Turning Setbacks into Sustainable Comebacks (workshop)
Attitude, Change, Goal-setting, Self-improvement, Success
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"You SOOOOOOOOO called it right with him!! Even knowing his story, I still got emotional at the end. He’s just a neat guy. I got to sit with him for a while and he was a joy to talk to. Everyone was inspired! (Our President) said Scott’s message was even better than he hoped...and was moved by him, too. I will never question your recommendations again. Home run with Scott. We liked him (as did the attendees) even better than last year’s speaker."
- Unified Property Group
"Scott was fantastic! Our members loved him. I heard comments in the hallway that he was the best keynote speaker we’ve ever had. When he stood up on stage, there were many, many teary-eyed people in the audience. I hope his message of courage and determination sticks with our group in the months and years to come. It was just what they needed to hear. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Scott. He is so pleasant and such a unique individual. What courage!" - Washington Public Utility Districts Association
"Scott was great. He got a standing ovation from our group…twice. People were speechless after his presentation. It was exactly what I was looking for to end the event." - Florida Association of Counties
"Mr. Burrows was wonderful! So down to earth and I think he really connected with the audience…attendees were SHOCKED...at the end, very inspiring! My client and the rest of the HIUG Board were VERY pleased." - Experient, Inc.