Scott Burrows

  • Conquer Adversity, Persevere, Navigate Change.

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 kick-boxing 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 Burrows resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles:

  • Vision: You have the power to stretch beyond the self-perceived limitations that have always paralyzed you. Dreaming in Technicolor allows you to expand your resourcefulness and visualize the full measure of your goals.
  • Mindset: Face up to what scares you the most. Promise yourself that this time, right now, you’ll be more adventurous, curious and vulnerable than ever.
  • Grit: Relentless determination is the only way to overcome obstacles. Lock in on your goals and don’t give up on them until you have reached them.

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 in the insurance and financial industry, a 100% commission-driven award achieved by fewer than 8% of agents worldwide, before forming a family-run company, Global Golf Group, a successful International Golf Course Development Company. 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 Burrows 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 Burrows 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 200,000 people a year, he influences the lives of millions as well through his keynote speeches, books, CDs and DVDs.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Healthcare, Inspiration, Leadership, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Sales, Sports, Vision

  • Travels From:

    Florida

  • Price:

    $7,500 - $10,000

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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 kick-boxing 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 Burrows resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles:

  • Vision: You have the power to stretch beyond the self-perceived limitations that have always paralyzed you. Dreaming in Technicolor allows you to expand your resourcefulness and visualize the full measure of your goals.
  • Mindset: Face up to what scares you the most. Promise yourself that this time, right now, you’ll be more adventurous, curious and vulnerable than ever.
  • Grit: Relentless determination is the only way to overcome obstacles. Lock in on your goals and don’t give up on them until you have reached them.

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 in the insurance and financial industry, a 100% commission-driven award achieved by fewer than 8% of agents worldwide, before forming a family-run company, Global Golf Group, a successful International Golf Course Development Company. 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 Burrows 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 Burrows 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 200,000 people a year, he influences the lives of millions as well through his keynote speeches, books, CDs and DVDs.

To book inspirational speaker, Scott Burrows call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

Presentations

Scott Burrows inspires, energizes and motivates your group to reach for a greater Vision! His infectious personality, intensely personal story and professional experience, coupled with his distinctive presentation and ability to engage the audience, will deeply touch everyone.Scott tailors his presentations around your organization and its core values and objectives, while simultaneously supporting and complementing your overall meeting theme with his very personal story and humorous, entertaining and thought-provoking stories and anecdotes. His life lessons and principles of vision, mindset and grit will have a profound impact on your attendees and organization’s culture long after the applause dies down.

Scott’s Signature Keynote:  VISION-MINDSET-GRIT

The true measure of success is how well you adapt to change, doubt, uncertainty and fear—and the belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer those obstacles. As audiences worldwide have discovered in this life-changing keynote, renowned speaker and author Scott Burrows’ own riveting story of overcoming adversity through sheer determination, will power and goal setting is uplifting and infectious. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott reveals how to drive personal and business results using the same mental focus that helped him reinvent his life. The dynamic principles discussed in this presentation Vision Mindset Grit inspire people to unprecedented levels of empowerment and self-confidence, setting the stage for developing cutting-edge ideas and leadership strategies that will benefit your entire company.       

Vision-Mindset-Grit Takeaways:

  • Exploring and developing unlimited Vision for self and organization
  • Transforming your focus through adaptation, reinvention and flexibility
  • How to change your Why? questions (Why is this happening to me?) into What? questions (What can I to do improve myself and my business?)

Keynote Program:  Developing the Human Resource Mindset

Mindset is the habitual mental attitude that allows you to stay focused on the goals of your organization even as circumstances, personnel and other elements change. An unshakable Mindset separates you from the rest of the pack. It bolsters your confidence, optimism and ingenuity in any environment, illuminating the path toward success. During this powerful, heartfelt message, Scott shows how, despite the tragic events that reshaped his life, he was able to lock in on his own Mindset and beat the odds. His shared experiences will inspire innovation and enthusiasm throughout your entire organization.

Mindset Takeaways:

  • Understanding that adversity is not a setback, but an opportunity
  • Finding and replenishing the energy to continually face oncoming challenges
  • Thinking bigger for yourself and your organization through a singular focus

Keynote Program:  Developing The Educators Mindset

Through this highly moving and inspirational keynote, speaker Scott Burrows uses his paralysis as a visual metaphor and a vehicle to inspire the educational community to build a compelling vision that entices them to take action. He draws his audience in through heartwarming stories as well as audience participation. His goal is to help educators at every level explore new levels of achievement. Whether you are a teacher, an administrator, or cafeteria employee, you have the ability to positively impact the lives of children. This presentation is specifically designed to be an educational tool. Burrows challenges the education community to encourage their students never give up hope to soon to their dreams, goals, hopes and aspirations. The concepts in this uplifting message will inspire the role of the educator to stretch beyond any of their own self-perceived paralyzing limitations while encouraging their students to do the same.

Mindset Takeaways:

  • Understanding that the most overwhelming setbacks can be converted into success
  • Understanding how turning your Why questions into What questions can create forward momentum
  • Thinking bigger in your own behalf, your schools behalf and those students you serve 

BREAKOUT: Think Outside The Moment: A Challenging, Full-Throttle Breakout Session!

Feeling scared, vulnerable and overwhelmed are inevitable—and inescapable—traits of the human condition, whether at work, at home or in other social environments. In this lively, engaging session, Scott Burrows helps audience members root out the causes of those anxieties and learn from each other how to Think Outside the Moment to fight such fears for a more productive, enriching life.Through careful guidance and an entertaining, inspiring approach, Scott digs deep into the vulnerabilities and dynamics of the group for a unique session where everyone gets involved and everyone leaves with new skills and coping mechanisms built around his empowering concepts of Vision, Mindset and Grit.

Audiences discover the answers to 3 pivotal questions:

  • What are you now fighting for going forward in both your personal and professional life?
  • What is that Vision to which you want to commit?
  • Who is willing to hold you accountable? 

Everyone involved will develop:

  • The Vision to clearly see what they want
  • The Mindset to adapt to any uncomfortable situation comp etely on the fly
  • The Grit to stand tall and perform regardlessof their comfort zone

Allscripts User Conference

“His tenacity and thirst for life had our attendees inspired to rethink their own capabilities in their current roles.”

Nationwide

“I heard you speak last year and hung on to every word you said and still can’t get the presentation out of my mind.”

Lincoln Financial

“Scott was absolutely perfect for our small audience that included high achieving qualifiers, spouses and children of various ages.”

John Hancock

“No doubt the two standing ovations you received indicated the intensity of your talk. This is just what the doctor ordered to maintain motivation and momentum.”
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