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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Developing Grit & Resilience

SCOTT'S THOUGHTS
September 18, 20224 min read

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what motivates a person to persevere in the face of struggle. Why do some persevere while others give up? We’re likely all familiar with Thomas Edison’s quote, “I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work.” (Or was it 10,000?) What made Edison choose to try again after at least 999 failures?

Certainly, those who have grit—passion paired with perseverance—are able to rise above difficult circumstances. Those with resilience are able to bounce back after getting knocked down. But are these qualities innate, something a person is born with or without, or can they be developed by anyone?

While I’m not sure everyone is born with these qualities, I do believe everyone can develop grit and resilience when they intentionally choose to. It may be easier for some, but we each have the power to cultivate these virtues. My life is a testament to that.

Everyone can develop grit and resilience when they intentionally choose to.

Growing up, I felt like an outcast. I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. By the time I was fifteen years old, I was an alcoholic and decided I was done with school, so I dropped out. Certainly, I didn’t have much resilience then. My early years were spent haphazardly drifting through life, living and feeling on the fringe of society.

But I knew I wanted to move forward and upward in life. I didn’t want to be like many of the people I grew up with; they lacked ambition, had been in jail, or simply seemed content to remain as they were. But I didn’t want to be complacent. I wanted more for my life—and I believed I could do and be more.

This is where I began developing grit and resilience. I was determined to continue my education, so I clawed my way into community college, despite being a high school dropout. After, I enrolled in a Physician Assistant school and passed. I wasn’t done, though; I went on to get my PhD, too.

Feeling more resilient after many years of determination, I decided to fight against my alcohol addiction. I had been abusing for about thirty years—getting sober seemed impossible. But grit gave me the faith and strength to try to overcome it. Today, I’m celebrating nearly twenty years of sobriety.

Having grit and resilience helps us get back on our feet when we’ve been knocked down. It stops us from being satisfied with the status quo; grit raises the bar while perseverance urges us to try again. Whether or not people are born with grit and resilience, my life is proof that these skills can be developed. But we must intentionally hone these skills if we hope to make them our default response.

Having grit and resilience helps us get back on our feet when we’ve been knocked down. It stops us from being satisfied with the status quo..

So, how do we develop grit? How can we increase our resilience? The answer is simple: through intentional practice. Just as someone who wants to be more patient must practice it, so too must grit and resilience be practiced. Next time you face a tough situation that makes you want to throw in the towel, practice resilience. Choose to let it go and try again. Choose to fight back. Choose to pivot, employ a different strategy, or examine how you can improve. You didn’t get the job you wanted? Review your resume, practice your interview skills, and apply to more jobs. You just can’t seem to lose the weight, no matter what you do? Choose to avoid dieting, and instead adopt a lifestyle change. Try again—this time may be the one that makes all the difference.

Developing grit and resilience is tough, but it’s a matter of choice every time. Are you going to give up or try one more time? Are you going to rise above or get complacent? All of it is your choice. No matter how hard it is to increase your grit and resilience, it will be worth it. Your life will be better for it.

Are you going to give up or try one more time? Are you going to rise above or get complacent? All of it is your choice.

I was a high school dropout without hope. I was poor and dependent on alcohol. I didn’t believe I could change much about my life. But I chose to start my life over. I chose grit. I chose resilience. Over and over, I chose not to settle or stay down. Now, I’m happily married to my best friend, financially independent, and running two businesses.

I didn’t get sober until I was forty-one.

I got my PhD when I was forty-three.

I started a business when I was fifty-five.

It’s never too late to begin developing these qualities. If you decided today to practice grit and resilience, how would your life change? What might you be able to accomplish? You just might be the next person to invent a new “light bulb.”

Do you want to further develop your grit and resilience so you can bounce back faster? Book an appointment with Scott Massey today and begin your transformation!

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

Developing Grit & Resilience

SCOTT'S THOUGHTS
September 18, 20224 min read

Recently, I’ve been thinking about what motivates a person to persevere in the face of struggle. Why do some persevere while others give up? We’re likely all familiar with Thomas Edison’s quote, “I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work.” (Or was it 10,000?) What made Edison choose to try again after at least 999 failures?

Certainly, those who have grit—passion paired with perseverance—are able to rise above difficult circumstances. Those with resilience are able to bounce back after getting knocked down. But are these qualities innate, something a person is born with or without, or can they be developed by anyone?

While I’m not sure everyone is born with these qualities, I do believe everyone can develop grit and resilience when they intentionally choose to. It may be easier for some, but we each have the power to cultivate these virtues. My life is a testament to that.

Everyone can develop grit and resilience when they intentionally choose to.

Growing up, I felt like an outcast. I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. By the time I was fifteen years old, I was an alcoholic and decided I was done with school, so I dropped out. Certainly, I didn’t have much resilience then. My early years were spent haphazardly drifting through life, living and feeling on the fringe of society.

But I knew I wanted to move forward and upward in life. I didn’t want to be like many of the people I grew up with; they lacked ambition, had been in jail, or simply seemed content to remain as they were. But I didn’t want to be complacent. I wanted more for my life—and I believed I could do and be more.

This is where I began developing grit and resilience. I was determined to continue my education, so I clawed my way into community college, despite being a high school dropout. After, I enrolled in a Physician Assistant school and passed. I wasn’t done, though; I went on to get my PhD, too.

Feeling more resilient after many years of determination, I decided to fight against my alcohol addiction. I had been abusing for about thirty years—getting sober seemed impossible. But grit gave me the faith and strength to try to overcome it. Today, I’m celebrating nearly twenty years of sobriety.

Having grit and resilience helps us get back on our feet when we’ve been knocked down. It stops us from being satisfied with the status quo; grit raises the bar while perseverance urges us to try again. Whether or not people are born with grit and resilience, my life is proof that these skills can be developed. But we must intentionally hone these skills if we hope to make them our default response.

Having grit and resilience helps us get back on our feet when we’ve been knocked down. It stops us from being satisfied with the status quo..

So, how do we develop grit? How can we increase our resilience? The answer is simple: through intentional practice. Just as someone who wants to be more patient must practice it, so too must grit and resilience be practiced. Next time you face a tough situation that makes you want to throw in the towel, practice resilience. Choose to let it go and try again. Choose to fight back. Choose to pivot, employ a different strategy, or examine how you can improve. You didn’t get the job you wanted? Review your resume, practice your interview skills, and apply to more jobs. You just can’t seem to lose the weight, no matter what you do? Choose to avoid dieting, and instead adopt a lifestyle change. Try again—this time may be the one that makes all the difference.

Developing grit and resilience is tough, but it’s a matter of choice every time. Are you going to give up or try one more time? Are you going to rise above or get complacent? All of it is your choice. No matter how hard it is to increase your grit and resilience, it will be worth it. Your life will be better for it.

Are you going to give up or try one more time? Are you going to rise above or get complacent? All of it is your choice.

I was a high school dropout without hope. I was poor and dependent on alcohol. I didn’t believe I could change much about my life. But I chose to start my life over. I chose grit. I chose resilience. Over and over, I chose not to settle or stay down. Now, I’m happily married to my best friend, financially independent, and running two businesses.

I didn’t get sober until I was forty-one.

I got my PhD when I was forty-three.

I started a business when I was fifty-five.

It’s never too late to begin developing these qualities. If you decided today to practice grit and resilience, how would your life change? What might you be able to accomplish? You just might be the next person to invent a new “light bulb.”

Do you want to further develop your grit and resilience so you can bounce back faster? Book an appointment with Scott Massey today and begin your transformation!

Scott Massey

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