SCOTT MASSEY

Inspirational Speaker

& Resilience Coach

FROM HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TO PHD

I started drinking when I was 12 and became a high school dropout by the time I was 15. In my twenties, I was waking up without knowing where I was or how I got there. My life didn't have meaning or purpose.


After thirty years of alcohol abuse, I decided to check into rehab and made an action plan for my life. It's been a difficult journey, but I'm almost 20 years sober now.


​was a high school dropout, addicted to alcohol, and lacked hope. Now, I have a PhD, teach at the university level, and successfully run two businesses. I know adversity. I know struggle. And I know success.

Now I want to help you unleash the power to transform your life.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF YOUR LIFE

I believe each person has the ability to transform their life. Regardless of your past, you can make your future successful. Whether you’re struggling with addiction, broken relationships, or financial issues, you can enhance your life.

TESTIMONIALS

Dr. Scott Massey’s ability to talk with others about his past and how he got through it is amazing. Two members of my family struggle with alcoholism, and it’s difficult to watch, so his story resonated with me. He has and will continue to help others with their personal struggles.


—Katlyn B.

I have a lot of respect for Scott as a person. I’m twenty-two and living the young, “fun” stage of life, but his talk helped me realize the decisions I need to make now. I enjoyed his presentation; he spoke fearlessly.



—Danielle C.

Scott is incredibly inspiring! He took control of his life even when he didn’t have others supporting him. I enjoyed hearing his story. He did a great job making it relatable to everyone and challenged us to reflect on our own lives.



—Ellie W.

I felt the most impact when Dr. Massey talked about what makes him a better person. I personally deal with anxiety and think about things I can’t do instead of focusing on what I can do. After hearing Dr. Massey share his motivations, though, I’m inspired to set my mind on the things I can do!


—Danielle C.

Listening to Scott gave me hope for my future. He posed challenging questions that truly got me thinking. I think others can benefit from reflecting on his story and his questions, too.



—Brittany S.

Scott has a powerful story and I hope he continues to share it. He realized he wasn’t the person he wanted to be, so he made decisions that turned his life around. He created a plan of action and changed his life—we can do the same.


—Isaac D.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Scott Massey is available for coaching or speaking at your next event!

Take the first step and book an appointment with Scott today!

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Failure is a Catalyst for Innovation

SCOTT'S THOUGHTS
September 18, 20223 min read

Have you ever been afraid to take a step of faith because you were worried you might fail? Have you ever hesitated because you didn’t want to make a mistake? I certainly have.

I was a high school dropout by the age of fifteen. But I wanted to go to college. At twenty-two, I had applied and been accepted on probation due to my poor record. I was excited but extremely nervous to actually attend. What if I failed and dropped out of school again? The fear almost held me back, but fortunately I decided to go regardless. Now, I not only have a bachelor’s degree but a doctorate as well. If I let the fear of failure stop me from going to college so many years ago, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Why are we so afraid to make a wrong move, even in small situations? Whether we were taught we must be perfect by our family or society or even ourselves, the truth is, making mistakes is part of life and helps us grow. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

It’s true—our failures are likely not as catastrophic as we think they are, and our mistakes won’t cause our world to crumble. Yet, we place so much weight on ourselves to not mess up—we only want the victories without the failures.

Our failures are likely not as catastrophic as we think they are, and our mistakes won’t cause our world to crumble.

However, failures are equally valuable to victories. Sure, victories are much more enjoyable, but both victory and failure help us grow and learn. They each mold us, giving us new perspectives. In fact, it is our unique experiences with failing and succeeding that shapes our thoughts and ideas. Every victory or failure, every beautiful moment or ugly moment, every aspect of our life forms us into the version of ourselves that we are today—and gives us a distinctive understanding of the world.

In fact, mistakes can guide you in developing new strategies and thinking innovatively. In an earlier post about grit and resilience, I quoted Thomas Edison about inventing the lightbulb: “I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work.” He used his failures to learn about how electricity works—and how it doesn’t. He finally had an “aha” moment after many, many failures.

Mistakes can guide you in developing new strategies and thinking innovatively.

Anyone can have an “aha!” moment, including you. These moments aren’t reserved for “special” people. It’s a matter of intentionally using your own experiences to develop a solution that will solve a problem, and not giving up until you’ve found that solution.

catalyst

Remember, your “aha” moment doesn’t have to come like a bolt of lightning; my own moments have often come only after years of methodical processes. Expecting an idea to arrive instantly may hinder you from dedicating a long period of time and concentration to overcoming whatever issue you are facing. Time and focus are necessary, though, so be prepared to mull over ideas for a while. Of course, if an “aha” moment hits you, run with it!

Stop being afraid to make a mistake. Stop dreading failure. Start testing new ideas. Making errors is part of life and can be beneficial if you allow yourself to learn from them. Even one mistake may give you the unique perspective needed to come up with a new breakthrough idea.

Scott Massey

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SCOTT MASSEY

Inspirational Speaker

& Resilience Coach

FROM HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TO PHD

I started drinking when I was 12 and became a high school dropout by the time I was 15. In my twenties, I was waking up without knowing where I was or how I got there. My life didn't have meaning or purpose.


After thirty years of alcohol abuse, I decided to check into rehab and made an action plan for my life. It's been a difficult journey, but I'm almost 20 years sober now.


​was a high school dropout, addicted to alcohol, and lacked hope. Now, I have a PhD, teach at the university level, and successfully run two businesses. I know adversity. I know struggle. And I know success.

Now I want to help you unleash the power to transform your life.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF YOUR LIFE

I believe each person has the ability to transform their life. Regardless of your past, you can make your future successful. Whether you’re struggling with addiction, broken relationships, or financial issues, you can enhance your life.

TESTIMONIALS

Dr. Scott Massey’s ability to talk with others about his past and how he got through it is amazing. Two members of my family struggle with alcoholism, and it’s difficult to watch, so his story resonated with me. He has and will continue to help others with their personal struggles.


—Katlyn B.

I have a lot of respect for Scott as a person. I’m twenty-two and living the young, “fun” stage of life, but his talk helped me realize the decisions I need to make now. I enjoyed his presentation; he spoke fearlessly.



—Danielle C.

Scott is incredibly inspiring! He took control of his life even when he didn’t have others supporting him. I enjoyed hearing his story. He did a great job making it relatable to everyone and challenged us to reflect on our own lives.



—Ellie W.


I felt the most impact when Dr. Massey talked about what makes him a better person. I personally deal with anxiety and think about things I can’t do instead of focusing on what I can do. After hearing Dr. Massey share his motivations, though, I’m inspired to set my mind on the things I can do!


—Danielle C.

Listening to Scott gave me hope for my future. He posed challenging questions that truly got me thinking. I think others can benefit from reflecting on his story and his questions, too.



—Brittany S.

Scott has a powerful story and I hope he continues to share it. He realized he wasn’t the person he wanted to be, so he made decisions that turned his life around. He created a plan of action and changed his life—we can do the same.


—Isaac D.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Scott Massey is available for coaching or speaking at your next event!

Take the first step and book an appointment with Scott today!

RECENT POSTS

Failure is a Catalyst for Innovation

SCOTT'S THOUGHTS
September 18, 20223 min read

Have you ever been afraid to take a step of faith because you were worried you might fail? Have you ever hesitated because you didn’t want to make a mistake? I certainly have.

I was a high school dropout by the age of fifteen. But I wanted to go to college. At twenty-two, I had applied and been accepted on probation due to my poor record. I was excited but extremely nervous to actually attend. What if I failed and dropped out of school again? The fear almost held me back, but fortunately I decided to go regardless. Now, I not only have a bachelor’s degree but a doctorate as well. If I let the fear of failure stop me from going to college so many years ago, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Why are we so afraid to make a wrong move, even in small situations? Whether we were taught we must be perfect by our family or society or even ourselves, the truth is, making mistakes is part of life and helps us grow. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

It’s true—our failures are likely not as catastrophic as we think they are, and our mistakes won’t cause our world to crumble. Yet, we place so much weight on ourselves to not mess up—we only want the victories without the failures.

Our failures are likely not as catastrophic as we think they are, and our mistakes won’t cause our world to crumble.

However, failures are equally valuable to victories. Sure, victories are much more enjoyable, but both victory and failure help us grow and learn. They each mold us, giving us new perspectives. In fact, it is our unique experiences with failing and succeeding that shapes our thoughts and ideas. Every victory or failure, every beautiful moment or ugly moment, every aspect of our life forms us into the version of ourselves that we are today—and gives us a distinctive understanding of the world.

In fact, mistakes can guide you in developing new strategies and thinking innovatively. In an earlier post about grit and resilience, I quoted Thomas Edison about inventing the lightbulb: “I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work.” He used his failures to learn about how electricity works—and how it doesn’t. He finally had an “aha” moment after many, many failures.

Mistakes can guide you in developing new strategies and thinking innovatively.

Anyone can have an “aha!” moment, including you. These moments aren’t reserved for “special” people. It’s a matter of intentionally using your own experiences to develop a solution that will solve a problem, and not giving up until you’ve found that solution.

catalyst

Remember, your “aha” moment doesn’t have to come like a bolt of lightning; my own moments have often come only after years of methodical processes. Expecting an idea to arrive instantly may hinder you from dedicating a long period of time and concentration to overcoming whatever issue you are facing. Time and focus are necessary, though, so be prepared to mull over ideas for a while. Of course, if an “aha” moment hits you, run with it!

Stop being afraid to make a mistake. Stop dreading failure. Start testing new ideas. Making errors is part of life and can be beneficial if you allow yourself to learn from them. Even one mistake may give you the unique perspective needed to come up with a new breakthrough idea.

Scott Massey

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