Scott Burrows

Scott Burrows

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Vision- Mindset- Grit! How to Stand Up When Life Paralyzes You

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 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 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.

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VISION-MINDSET-GRIT: Success Strategies to Help You Stand Up to Any Challenge

In today’s rapidly evolving marketplace environment, many organizations are trying to maintain a winning culture as they deal with an array of business challenges. Perhaps today your organization is dealing with growing pains and key business issues as you continue to expand both internally and externally while attempting to be number one in your industry in customer service and expectations. Perhaps you’re experiencing enormous industry change, limited bench support, operational and support issues and budget cuts as well as increased goals, objectives and responsibilities. Or you’re feeling paralyzed by your competition, advancing technologies and market saturation.

Whatever your challenges are, the true measure of success is how well you respond to adversity, change, setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you – and your organization – will be left behind.

Key Takeaways:


  • Learn how to create a clear Vision that entices you to Take Action
  • Examine the benefits of  Dreaming in Full Color
    Discover the impact of connecting your organi­zation to a Shared Vision
  • Find out how adapting your Vision when things don’t go as planned can give you that Competitive Advantage


  • Learn how to create an unstoppable Mindset that revolves around Poise and Execution
    • Examine the Mindset of Letting It Happen, Embracing Change and Breaking the Fall Line
    • Discover how to not let your Mindset Become Your Biggest Handicap
    • Understand how the Power of Forgiveness, a leadership trait, can restore hope and lead to greater productivity
    • Find out how Asking the “What” Questions can help you navigate the chaos of adversity

    Grit – Learn what it takes to Stretch Yourself beyond your paralyzed state

    • Examine why your Willingness to Fail But Your Unwillingness to Quit is a leadership trait
    • Discover Gritty strategies to help you Stand Up to Any Challenge
    • Understand what it really means to Go with What Scares You and Never Give Up
    • Cultivate ways to Unlock your Grit by finding that Blessman in your life

VISION-MINDSET-GRIT: Success Strategies to Help Your Sales Team Stand Up to Any Challenge

In today’s competitive sales environment, many sales organizations are trying to maintain a winning and optimistic culture as they deal with an array of business and sales challenges. Perhaps today your sales team is weathering budget cuts or dealing with growing pains as your organization continues to expand both internally and externally, while attempting to be number one in your industry with increased customer expectations. Maybe you are experiencing industry change while trying to differentiate yourself, your company and your solutions from your lower-priced competitors. Perhaps you are looking to improve the sales process and how you approach C-level executives and decision makers as you do your best to reach new sales quotas and budgets. Or maybe you are feeling paralyzed by your competition, keeping up with new products coming to market as well as advancing technologies that are upending workflow and processes.

Whatever your challenges are, the belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you – and your sales organization – will be left behind.

Develop an Unstoppable Mindset: Success Strategies for Safety Teams & Supervisors

With the alarming predominance of workplace accidents caused by human error, the importance for engaging teams and individuals with safety procedures in a way that is meaningful to them and can promote significant change is crucial. Scott Burrows details his unforgettable, life-changing story of turning a paralyzing setback into a powerful comeback that inspires teams 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.

Told while using own physical paralysis as a metaphor and blending eloquent storytelling with humor and crowd interaction, Scott leaves audiences captivated, inspired and ready to take action. Scott will impact your team by encouraging better day-to-day safety decisions 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.

VISION MINDSET GRIT: Success Strategies for Insurance & Financial Services Professionals

Insurance and Financial leaders RAVE about Scott’s knowledge and understanding of their industry, knowing that he, too, was a top sales producer. After his life-changing accident, Scott became an insurance and financial advisor and went on to qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Scott knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the field—generating activity, making scheduled calls, prospecting, facing rejection, overcoming objections, all while listening to clients’ needs to determine recommendations and solutions.

Scott teaches listeners how to create a clear Vision to increase sales performance while helping leaders discover the impact of connecting their organi­zation to a shared vision of success. How to adapt strategies during market fluctuations to gain important competitive advantages while creating an unstoppable Mindset that revolves around the principles of poise and execution. Listeners learn the important principles of Grit to outperform their competition and Stand Up to Any Challenge.

Rising to the Challenge: Keeping Healthcare Teams Cohesive & Motivated

Scott Burrows’ thought-provoking presentation and compelling story is the hero’s journey, providing what will be an unforgettable and lasting memory to inspire your attendees to stand up to any challenge. Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott reveals how to drive results using the same mental focus that helped him reinvent his life after a catastrophic accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. He will demonstrate there are no barriers or stop signs in life or the healthcare marketplace, just detours and workarounds.

Healthcare leaders appreciate Scott’s knowledge of their industry, knowing he understands patient-centered care and how healthcare professionals can influence and impact their patients’ lives. As a former spinal cord injury patient and advocate for both patient and healthcare providers, he shares his impactful personal experience as a quadriplegic. Scott will encourage healthcare professionals to continue to find passion for what they do while teaching them to encourage their patients to Never Give Up Hope!

DIVERSITY MATTERS: Inclusion Strategies for the Changing Workforce

In today’s rapidly changing Corporate Environment, C-level executives understand Diversity Matters. Why? Today, the largest and fastest growing minority group around the world are people with disabilities, and studies have shown this workforce is committed, productive, loyal and willing, when given the opportunity, to help your organization succeed. If you are looking to expand your market share, generate new revenue from this untapped market and see things from a different corporate perspective, it will take a clear Vision, the proper Mindset and the organizational Grit to make it happen.

The true measure of success is how well you respond to a changing and diverse marketplace, and adversity, professional setbacks and fear. Whatever belief system you employ must be powerful enough to conquer these obstacles and any other impediments to your personal and professional growth, or you – and your organization – will be left behind.

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We cried, we laughed, and we cheered! You presented the perfect message following our intense human resource management training, instilling within us to believe that we can indeed achieve all that we aspire to do and to be. With unparalleled credibility, you taught us how to face our own challenges in our professional and personal lives. You taught us to not resist difficulties; rather to persevere…and you told us how to do it! You said to clearly identify what we are fighting for, to focus and continually refocus our minds on what we have the ability and power to do, and then simply, but not easily, not give up. Your compelling story of tragedy and triumph was the backdrop, providing what is surely to be a lasting memory to inspire and motivate us to also live purposely applying the same timeless principles that enable you to live an abundant life.

Western Regional IPMA

Each year, our Global Sales Conference is literally our ‘Super Bowl’ for the Celebrity sales team. It’s the one time we’re all together and our big shot at setting the tone for the upcoming year with a high-energy and motivational message. Scott’s message of Vision-Mindset-Grit has literally transformed the way our team looks at challenges, sales goals and life. As a result of Scott’s life-changing message, our team will NEVER STOP BELIEVING that ANYTHING is POSSIBLE. If you want to truly inspire and motivate your sales team or team, Scott Burrows will over-deliver at every level!

North America Celebrity Cruises

I wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your Safety Leadership presentation at our annual meeting. Many of the attendees told me that was one of the best safety programs they had attended. I think your message and story are very impactful. Your mantra of Vision-Mindset-Grit resonated with our managers. We have found that when managers show employees that they care about each employee’s personal health and safety, then the entire organization becomes a safer one. Your presentation 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. Thanks for sharing your story and message.

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