Scott Burrows is an in-demand Keynote Motivational Speaker who brings the concepts of Vision, Mindset and Grit to life using his life-changing story as the backdrop. He is author of “Vision Mindset Grit!” Three simple yet powerful words – yet, when put into action, can help you and your organization stand up to any challenge, push you to the limits of what is possible and set goals that stretch the mind—even during times of change, doubt, uncertainty and fear.
Scott’s story is the hero’s journey. By the age of 19, he was a star athlete and fierce competitor. He excelled on the Golf and Track teams, played college football at Florida State University for legendary coach Bobby Bowden 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 horrendous automobile accident as a passenger in a friend’s car and broke cervical 6 and 7 vertebrae in his neck that left him paralyzed from the chest down, 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 had altered his course forever.
Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. After six months of intense physical therapy at a Denver hospital, he fought to stay alive while battling numerous life-threatening complications, including blood clots in his lung, called pulmonary embolism. With the support of his family, friends and Christian faith, Scott turned an impossible goal into a reality. He returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance -- competing again, this time in a completely different sport. It was 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 as one to expand their Vision and prevent their Mindset from becoming their biggest handicap.
After graduating from college, Scott’s first career was as a Financial Advisor in the Insurance & Financial Industry for Northwestern Mutual. He specialized in life & disability insurance planning plus retirement, estate & wealth planning. In his 5th year, he hit a huge goal & qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Premiere Association of Financial Professionals, an award fewer than 8% of his peers qualify for annually from more than 500 companies in 70 countries.
At the pinnacle of that 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 recovery, Scott reminisced about the overcoming adversity speakers he heard at sales and leadership conferences. Their life-changing stories inspire you to chase your dreams regardless of obstacles or barriers. That’s when Scott decided to leave an industry he loved, to pursue a speaking career that has taken him around the world.
- VISION-MINDSET-GRIT: Success Strategies to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge
- Vision (Breakout)
- Mindset (Breakout)
- Grit (Breakout)
- Think Outside the Moment
- Stand Up to Your Challenges
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.