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Scott Burrows is a motivational speaker with an extraordinary story of persevering through tremendous adversity and beating the odds to achieve great success.

As a young man, Burrows was actively involved in sports, playing a wide receiver at Florida State University and being a top-ranked kickboxing champion. Then one day his life dramatically changed when he was in a car accident that caused him to become a quadriplegic.

Burrows was determined to get better and within just a year of the accident, after surpassing goals in rehabilitation and regaining partial mobility, he went back to school and graduated with a degree in finance.

He became an agent in the insurance and financial industry, first specializing in life and disability insurance planning in individual and business markets and then moving over to wealth and estate planning markets.

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Early in Scott’s life he played wide receiver at Florida State University under coach Bobby Bowden and was a top-ranked kick-boxing champion having his last fight broadcast by ESPN. But on November 3, 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic turn when he was involved in a horrendous accident while a passenger in his friend’s car that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.

Despite this grim prognosis, Scott stood up this challenge. To survive, beat the odds and put himself in a position to thrive and achieve the extraordinary, Scott took accountability for what happened! Then he realigned his mindset and embraced this paralyzing irrevocable change and forged forward with all the grit he could muster. Over time, this unstoppable attitude paid unbelievable dividends!

Scott started achieving goals in his rehabilitation that few doctors thought possible. Within a year of being paralyzed and regaining some mobility, Scott enrolled back into college, earned a degree in finance and upon graduation, Scott sought a career which would give him a lasting and meaningful impact in people’s lives, an agent in the insurance and financial industry. He joined Northwestern Mutual and specialized in life and disability insurance planning in both the individual and business markets. As he grew his practice he started teaming up with his peers & mentors and began tackling the wealth and estate planning markets. In his fifth year he qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, a 100% commission driven award that less than 8% of agents worldwide achieve yearly.

In 1994, Scott made the gut-wrenching decision to leave a hugely successful career in an industry he had so much passion for to welcome a new life changing opportunity to team up with his brother Mark. Together they founded Global Golf Group, an international company that markets custom blended fertilizers, chemicals and golf equipment to golf courses in Southeast Asia. Their enterprise continues to thrive today.

As an International Keynote Speaker, Scott speaks to more than 100,000 people annually, and has presented in over 25 States and in such countries as Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece, India, Mexico and Prague, Czech Republic.


Scott Burrows Speaker Videos Back to top

Scott Burrows - Demo Video


Scott Burrows knows all too well about change and uses his personal experience, in which he overcome a tragic accident, as a tool to inspire others to remain positive and beat the odds

Speaking on the subject of change, he says, "Our world is changing at the fastest rate in human history. How fast you can communicate with each other, your customers, the wire houses, the banks, the independent financial advisors by way of texting. Yet sometimes with all this speed comes chaos and even confusion."

Talking about what he has learned about change first hand, he says, "We can't change the past but we have today and today we can choose how to respond to a life, a business environment, and even a world that simply refuses to stay the same."


Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Scott Burrows speaks to thousands of people each year around the country and around the world.

He offers presentations on how organizations can rise above their competition, the importance of maintaining a positive outlook when facing challenges, the benefits of being accountable and how to inspire a new way of thinking to spur innovation.

Scott 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 presentations and ability to involve the audience will deeply touch everyone in attendance.

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.

Stand Up To Your Challenges
Our world is changing at the fastest rate in human history. Maintaining the status quo is fraught with danger. Others in your ultra-competitive industry could be passing you by. Creating break-through opportunities for your organization and achieving extraordinary results as a team and as leaders is all about how you respond to circumstances. Finding solutions to help your team rise above the competition means being willing to stretch beyond self-perceived limitations, persevere and stand up to challenges.

This dynamic and uplifting keynote presentation will entertain, educate and inspire your attendees to view their challenges from a different perspective. Using his unique concepts of vision, mindset and grit, Scott will teach your organization tangible actions you can implement to be more productive, thrive and beat the odds. Scott will inspire your attendees to rethink their own possibilities and he will challenge them to set aggressive mind-stretching goals which will impact the bottom line of your business beneficially.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is one of your greatest tools we have in life. It’s free, it costs you nothing and it can bring you everything.
  • Mindset is focusing on what you can control like your level of optimism, your attitude and focusing on the positives of any situation. Your Mindset is staying true to your goals and business plan and making adjustments along the way as circumstances change.
  • Grit is your willingness to be resilient. To maintain your poise and execution across all time horizons; this day, this week, this quarter, this year knowing nothing worth achieving ever comes too easy. It’s your willingness to fail, and your unwillingness to quit.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Transform the way they think outside the box
  • Chart a path to drive change and business results
  • Turn setbacks into sustainable comebacks

Turning Impossibilities Into Possibilities
Because we live in a world that revolves around change, stress and setbacks, learning how to conquer these challenges by having a positive attitude and strong belief system is essential for life balance, success and fulfillment. Given that most industries are trying to keep up with industry trends, new technologies and the changing dynamics of their industry, it’s important we continually educate ourselves on how we can be support each other and maintain a positive outlook and work/life balance.

Throughout this presentation, Scott draws upon three words: vision, mindset & grit. Three words which when put into action are very powerful. They are powerful enough to become part of your organizational strategy and potent enough to inspire and motivate your people to shape new beliefs, be more productive and to let no circumstances take precedence over the power of the human spirit, personally and professionally!

Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott will show your organization how to drive personal and business results by maintaining poise and execution. His experience will help you develop cutting-edge ideas as well as leadership strategies that you can utilize to achieve bottom line results.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Explore unlimited vision
  • Transform their focus by adapting and being more flexible
  • View adversity as an opportunity to grow and set loftier goals

Take Responsibility: Using Vision, Mindset & Grit to Achieve Success
Does your organization have a culture of accountability? How much more productive would your organization be if everyone held themselves accountable? During this presentation, Scott’s eloquent and entertaining storytelling brings the theme of taking responsibility to life, and demonstrates how vision, mindset and grit can become a viable part of your organizational strategy.

Scott teaches how these concepts can help you tackle ongoing challenges and changes, promoting a path of business growth, which can result in faster-than-expected and even unprecedented outcomes. Learn how to apply these concepts to your personal and professional life and how by taking accountability you can achieve greater heights of success and prosperity.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is finding the passion to pursue your next level of achievement as an individual, a team, an organization.
  • Mindset is knowing adversity can be converted into personal and business success and not considered a setback. Mindset is the continual mental orientation, preparation and actionable adjustments needed to meet oncoming challenges.
  • Grit is the day-to-day determination to persevere when all else beckons you to retreat, fall back, give in, or perhaps worst of all, simply stay where you are.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Unleash their potential by being more accountable
  • Open their mind to new opportunities and new ideas
  • Challenge their way of thinking with better questions

Realign Your Mindset ~ Transform Your Results
In today’s competitive environment, organizations should consider responding to market challenges by increasing innovation as a means to personal and business success. Innovation can happen anywhere at any time. During this powerful message, Scott shows how by creating focus and clarity through vision, mindset and grit, your innovation agility can be inspired and your results transformed. With his perseverance through tremendous personal adversity and his use of business intelligence, Scott turned the odds in his favor to succeed in business and in life. His shared experiences will help inspire innovation across your organization.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is dreaming in Technicolor. It can inspire innovation and can help shape your business strategy.
  • Mindset is thinking bigger on your own behalf, your organization’s behalf and understanding that by scaling your efforts you can increase your customer’s benefit.
  • Grit is your willingness to challenge the rules which will then drive business results.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Inspire new thinking that can ignite innovation
  • Challenge old processes by taking more creative risks
  • Blend new cultures with the existing culture


Scott Burrows Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    We really enjoyed having you as our featured speaker at our first Cultural Event.  You inspired a number of agents that morning and gave us all a renewed perspective in looking at life on a daily level.  I would hghly recommend you to the other Regional Directors around the country.
    Keller Williams
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform)

    Scott has a very high energy message that can motivate your team to take it to the next level. His motivational thought process allows others to reflect where they are today and what the thought process is for personal growth. He speaks from the heart and has a very unique real lifeexperience that others can learn from.
    U.S. Foodservice: South Carolina, Fort Division - James Sisk, VP of Sales Mill

    Our team bonded with a sense of purpose at a level I have never witnessed. It was amazing! Your Passionate Message surrounding the "WHAT" questions versus the "WHY" questions, still resonates at every company meeting. That is very powerful.
    Cameo Professionals, Sue Geiss

    I just wanted to let you know that your presentation was extremely well received. It launched our event with an inspirational tone that carried through the entire conference.
    Investacorp - Bruce Zwigard, President

    Your story, your vision, your mindset, and your GRIT touched my heart... The tear that you evoked in my eye represented the courage that I thought didn′t exist, the strength to persevere, and the determination to learn from my fears.
    Merrill Lynch - Lori Brinker, Certified Financial Planner

    Partial Client list:

    Investacorp
    Triad Advisors, Inc.
    Capital Investment Group
    CNL Securities
    Macy′s - View Testimonial
    Endridge Pipelines Inc. - (NYSE: ENB)
    Northwestern Mutual Life
    Country Insurance and Financial Services
    North Dakota Long Term Care Association
    Tennessee Healthcare Association
    Aetna - View Testimonial
    Florida Turf Grass Association
    Allscripts Healthcare
    U.S. Foodservice Sales Divisions:
    • Los Angeles
    • Atlanta
    • Chicago
    • Las Vegas
    • Pompano Beach Florida
    • Boca Raton Florida
    • Raleigh NC
    • Cincinnati
    • Fort Mill South Carolina
    • Bismarck North Dakota
    • Virginia Beach
    • Tampa
    • Midwest Human Resource Division
    Dobbs Dealer Development Group
    Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA)
    l Nebraska Healthcare Association
    Pacific North West Grain Growers Annual Conference
    Florida Virtual School Annual Conference Kickoff
    Florida Virtual School Annual Conference
    Indiana Healthcare Association
    Leary Technical College
    Nebraska Assisted Living Association
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Seminole Electric Cooperative
    l Next Day Gourmet
    Progressive Group Alliance
    South Florida District Optimist International
    Florida District Civitan
    Brookside Laboratories
    l 28th Annual Florida HR Conference and Expo
    16th Annual Atlanta HR Conference
    Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC - Presenting to the injured coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA):
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • South Carolina
    • Oklahoma
    • Pennsylvania
    Broward General Medical Center
    Lakeland Region Medical Center
    Cameo Professionals
    Learey Technical Center
    Grantham University
    l Florida Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus
    Business Professionals of America - Oklahoma
    Association of Registered Nurses - Florida
    Florida Nursing Student Association
    John Knox Village
    University of South Florida
    Treasure Coast Youth Summit
    Okeechobee County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    Gulf Coast County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    Arcadia County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    University Community Hospital
    Tampa General Hospital
    Brandon Community Hospital
    Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association (SHRA) - Florida
    Jacksonville Florida (SHRM)
    Human Resource Association Tampa Florida
    Charlotte County SHRM (CCSHRM) Florida
    HRA of Broward County Florida (HRABC)
    Lexington High School, South Carolina
    Jensen Beach High School, Florida
    South Fork High School, Florida




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    We really enjoyed having you as our featured speaker at our first Cultural Event.  You inspired a number of agents that morning and gave us all a renewed perspective in looking at life on a daily level.  I would hghly recommend you to the other Regional Directors around the country.
    Keller Williams
    (Event booked by Speakers Platform)

    Scott has a very high energy message that can motivate your team to take it to the next level. His motivational thought process allows others to reflect where they are today and what the thought process is for personal growth. He speaks from the heart and has a very unique real lifeexperience that others can learn from.
    U.S. Foodservice: South Carolina, Fort Division - James Sisk, VP of Sales Mill

    Our team bonded with a sense of purpose at a level I have never witnessed. It was amazing! Your Passionate Message surrounding the "WHAT" questions versus the "WHY" questions, still resonates at every company meeting. That is very powerful.
    Cameo Professionals, Sue Geiss

    I just wanted to let you know that your presentation was extremely well received. It launched our event with an inspirational tone that carried through the entire conference.
    Investacorp - Bruce Zwigard, President

    Your story, your vision, your mindset, and your GRIT touched my heart... The tear that you evoked in my eye represented the courage that I thought didn′t exist, the strength to persevere, and the determination to learn from my fears.
    Merrill Lynch - Lori Brinker, Certified Financial Planner

    Partial Client list:

    Investacorp
    Triad Advisors, Inc.
    Capital Investment Group
    CNL Securities
    Macy′s - View Testimonial
    Endridge Pipelines Inc. - (NYSE: ENB)
    Northwestern Mutual Life
    Country Insurance and Financial Services
    North Dakota Long Term Care Association
    Tennessee Healthcare Association
    Aetna - View Testimonial
    Florida Turf Grass Association
    Allscripts Healthcare
    U.S. Foodservice Sales Divisions:
    • Los Angeles
    • Atlanta
    • Chicago
    • Las Vegas
    • Pompano Beach Florida
    • Boca Raton Florida
    • Raleigh NC
    • Cincinnati
    • Fort Mill South Carolina
    • Bismarck North Dakota
    • Virginia Beach
    • Tampa
    • Midwest Human Resource Division
    Dobbs Dealer Development Group
    Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA)
    l Nebraska Healthcare Association
    Pacific North West Grain Growers Annual Conference
    Florida Virtual School Annual Conference Kickoff
    Florida Virtual School Annual Conference
    Indiana Healthcare Association
    Leary Technical College
    Nebraska Assisted Living Association
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Seminole Electric Cooperative
    l Next Day Gourmet
    Progressive Group Alliance
    South Florida District Optimist International
    Florida District Civitan
    Brookside Laboratories
    l 28th Annual Florida HR Conference and Expo
    16th Annual Atlanta HR Conference
    Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC - Presenting to the injured coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA):
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • South Carolina
    • Oklahoma
    • Pennsylvania
    Broward General Medical Center
    Lakeland Region Medical Center
    Cameo Professionals
    Learey Technical Center
    Grantham University
    l Florida Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus
    Business Professionals of America - Oklahoma
    Association of Registered Nurses - Florida
    Florida Nursing Student Association
    John Knox Village
    University of South Florida
    Treasure Coast Youth Summit
    Okeechobee County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    Gulf Coast County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    Arcadia County Schools - Annual Teacher Kickoff
    University Community Hospital
    Tampa General Hospital
    Brandon Community Hospital
    Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association (SHRA) - Florida
    Jacksonville Florida (SHRM)
    Human Resource Association Tampa Florida
    Charlotte County SHRM (CCSHRM) Florida
    HRA of Broward County Florida (HRABC)
    Lexington High School, South Carolina
    Jensen Beach High School, Florida
    South Fork High School, Florida


Scott 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 presentations and ability to involve the audience will deeply touch everyone in attendance.

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.

Stand Up To Your Challenges
Our world is changing at the fastest rate in human history. Maintaining the status quo is fraught with danger. Others in your ultra-competitive industry could be passing you by. Creating break-through opportunities for your organization and achieving extraordinary results as a team and as leaders is all about how you respond to circumstances. Finding solutions to help your team rise above the competition means being willing to stretch beyond self-perceived limitations, persevere and stand up to challenges.

This dynamic and uplifting keynote presentation will entertain, educate and inspire your attendees to view their challenges from a different perspective. Using his unique concepts of vision, mindset and grit, Scott will teach your organization tangible actions you can implement to be more productive, thrive and beat the odds. Scott will inspire your attendees to rethink their own possibilities and he will challenge them to set aggressive mind-stretching goals which will impact the bottom line of your business beneficially.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is one of your greatest tools we have in life. It’s free, it costs you nothing and it can bring you everything.
  • Mindset is focusing on what you can control like your level of optimism, your attitude and focusing on the positives of any situation. Your Mindset is staying true to your goals and business plan and making adjustments along the way as circumstances change.
  • Grit is your willingness to be resilient. To maintain your poise and execution across all time horizons; this day, this week, this quarter, this year knowing nothing worth achieving ever comes too easy. It’s your willingness to fail, and your unwillingness to quit.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Transform the way they think outside the box
  • Chart a path to drive change and business results
  • Turn setbacks into sustainable comebacks

Turning Impossibilities Into Possibilities
Because we live in a world that revolves around change, stress and setbacks, learning how to conquer these challenges by having a positive attitude and strong belief system is essential for life balance, success and fulfillment. Given that most industries are trying to keep up with industry trends, new technologies and the changing dynamics of their industry, it’s important we continually educate ourselves on how we can be support each other and maintain a positive outlook and work/life balance.

Throughout this presentation, Scott draws upon three words: vision, mindset & grit. Three words which when put into action are very powerful. They are powerful enough to become part of your organizational strategy and potent enough to inspire and motivate your people to shape new beliefs, be more productive and to let no circumstances take precedence over the power of the human spirit, personally and professionally!

Using his physical paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott will show your organization how to drive personal and business results by maintaining poise and execution. His experience will help you develop cutting-edge ideas as well as leadership strategies that you can utilize to achieve bottom line results.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Explore unlimited vision
  • Transform their focus by adapting and being more flexible
  • View adversity as an opportunity to grow and set loftier goals

Take Responsibility: Using Vision, Mindset & Grit to Achieve Success
Does your organization have a culture of accountability? How much more productive would your organization be if everyone held themselves accountable? During this presentation, Scott’s eloquent and entertaining storytelling brings the theme of taking responsibility to life, and demonstrates how vision, mindset and grit can become a viable part of your organizational strategy.

Scott teaches how these concepts can help you tackle ongoing challenges and changes, promoting a path of business growth, which can result in faster-than-expected and even unprecedented outcomes. Learn how to apply these concepts to your personal and professional life and how by taking accountability you can achieve greater heights of success and prosperity.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is finding the passion to pursue your next level of achievement as an individual, a team, an organization.
  • Mindset is knowing adversity can be converted into personal and business success and not considered a setback. Mindset is the continual mental orientation, preparation and actionable adjustments needed to meet oncoming challenges.
  • Grit is the day-to-day determination to persevere when all else beckons you to retreat, fall back, give in, or perhaps worst of all, simply stay where you are.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Unleash their potential by being more accountable
  • Open their mind to new opportunities and new ideas
  • Challenge their way of thinking with better questions

Realign Your Mindset ~ Transform Your Results
In today’s competitive environment, organizations should consider responding to market challenges by increasing innovation as a means to personal and business success. Innovation can happen anywhere at any time. During this powerful message, Scott shows how by creating focus and clarity through vision, mindset and grit, your innovation agility can be inspired and your results transformed. With his perseverance through tremendous personal adversity and his use of business intelligence, Scott turned the odds in his favor to succeed in business and in life. His shared experiences will help inspire innovation across your organization.

Key Themes:

  • Vision is dreaming in Technicolor. It can inspire innovation and can help shape your business strategy.
  • Mindset is thinking bigger on your own behalf, your organization’s behalf and understanding that by scaling your efforts you can increase your customer’s benefit.
  • Grit is your willingness to challenge the rules which will then drive business results.

Attendees will learn how to apply Scott’s concepts to help them:

  • Inspire new thinking that can ignite innovation
  • Challenge old processes by taking more creative risks
  • Blend new cultures with the existing culture


Scott Burrows - Demo Video


Scott Burrows knows all too well about change and uses his personal experience, in which he overcome a tragic accident, as a tool to inspire others to remain positive and beat the odds

Speaking on the subject of change, he says, "Our world is changing at the fastest rate in human history. How fast you can communicate with each other, your customers, the wire houses, the banks, the independent financial advisors by way of texting. Yet sometimes with all this speed comes chaos and even confusion."

Talking about what he has learned about change first hand, he says, "We can't change the past but we have today and today we can choose how to respond to a life, a business environment, and even a world that simply refuses to stay the same."