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Scott Burrows sees opportunities where others might only see roadblocks. An entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, athlete, and risk-taker, his three-pronged strategy of Vision, Mindset and Grit is the cornerstone to his success. His passion is to share his strategy with others and illustrate how to apply it to their own challenges and endeavors.
As a teenager and young adult, Mr. Burrows was passionate about sports and applied his incredible drive and talent to everything from golf and Kung Fu to track and field and football. A member of the Professional Kickboxing Association, he was a top-ranked champion with a 4-0 record by the age of 18. His last fight was broadcast by ESPN.
Finishing high school in 1983, Scott Burrows turned down football scholarships to smaller division colleges--his heart was set on playing for legendary coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State University (FSU). A football scholarship wasn't offered, but rather than give up on his dream, he enrolled as a "walk-on" wide receiver. His skills and determination earned him a place on the team and that year FSU went to the Peach Bowl, beating North Carolina 28-3.
Mr. Burrows' life took a dramatic turn on November 3, 1984 when he was involved in a horrific accident while a passenger in his friend's car. This one moment in time would change his life forever. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down and officially diagnosed a quadriplegic. The medical world offered him little hope that he would ever stand on his own again much less walk unassisted. Despite this grim prognosis, he forged his own path by continuously setting and achieving goals in his rehabilitation that few thought possible.
After a yearlong absence, Scott Burrows returned to both college and the world of sport while still coping with his physical limitations and undergoing intense therapy. He trained and competed in wheelchair marathons and full contact wheelchair rugby, the Paralympic Sport of Murder Ball.
After completing his degree in finance, Mr. Burrows sought a career that would give him a lasting and meaningful impact in people's lives. He chose the world of life insurance as his platform, joining Northwestern Mutual Life as an agent specializing in disability and life insurance and wealth and estate planning. In just five years he qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, a 100% commission driven award that less than 8% of agents achieve yearly.
Scott's Burrows' position in the insurance industry required him to commit over 85% of his time to outside sales to build his business. In 1994, while en route to call on a client, an oncoming vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with his car. He sustained injuries that made it very difficult for him to grip his cane, and continuing in life insurance sales would mean returning to a wheelchair full-time. Rather than give up his hard-won mobility, he made the gut-wrenching decision to leave a hugely successful career in an industry he loved.
But Mr. Burrows is a pro at turning setbacks into comebacks. He decided to create a new opportunity for himself by using his business acumen and sales skills to form an international exporting company. Together with his brother he founded Global Golf Group, a company selling custom blended fertilizers to golf courses in Southeast Asia. Their enterprise continues to thrive today.
Scott Burrows married his wife in 2002. It was her encouragement that inspired him to share his story with the world. His successful strategy of Vision, Mindset and Grit and incredible life experiences move audiences while motivating them to tackle whatever challenges they face personally and professionally.
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