We are excited and humbled to have Gold Medal paralympian Matt Scott as the newest brand ambassador for Revive Brand Co!
Allow me to begin this post by making a CLEAR DISTINCTION. This is important because we know how posts like this normally work, right? This is the formula. By holding up a paralympian, I explain to you why your excuses are not good enough. Then my job is to contrast Matt’s incredible achievements with his circumstances as a disabled person. The result is a reader who is astounded by the story of Matt. That is not this story. That is not what why Matt is the centerpiece of this post OR our brand ambassador for that matter.
Yes. his accomplishments are amazing but sometimes hearing stories like this has the opposite intended effect on the reader. Instead of motivating someone to get up and work harder – it can make readers feel discouraged. Then the reader may say to him/herself “I could never do that”. The discouragement comes from a disconnect that happens when a full picture is not presented on why Matt is so successful and fulfilled. I will attempt to paint that picture for you by displaying his MENTALITY!
I can first do this by letting you read his own words about his story. My interview with him is below.
Where did you grow up?
~ I grew up in Detroit, Michigan where I was born and raised.
How did you get into basketball?
~Basketball was my first love. Growing up I was always a huge fan which led me to begin playing myself. I started by just dribbling a ball around my neighborhood and quickly found a group of friends that shared my enthusiasm to play. I played a lot of "street ball" and pickup games with my able bodied friends before I discovered wheelchair basketball.
How does it feel to be a paralympian?
~Representing your country is the ultimate honor and privilege for any athlete. Being a Paralympian means the world to me. I truly love this game, and I truly love this country. So it's the best of both worlds.
Where do you compete? Countries you travel to etc.
~ I currently play professionally in Europe and finishing up my 2nd season with a team based in Sardinia, Italy. I have played professionally since 2008 in multiple countries. Wheelchair basketball has allowed me to travel all over the world. I have competed in the last 4 Paralympics (Athens, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro) but have also traveled all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and America for competitions.
Have you earned any medals before?
~ 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist!!
Biggest misconception about paralympians you want to dispel?
~ I don't believe that it is common knowledge the amount of hard work, dedication and discipline it takes to become a Paralympic Gold Medalist. The hours of intense training are parallel to our Olympic counterparts.
So you can see in this brief interview that Matt embodies the “Wake up and Win” Mentality. He looks past his own disability and focuses on one thing. WINNING! He has totally fallen in love with basketball. This love drives him to work as hard as he does. Now it is clear to see why he is a Gold Medalist! Matt has a positive attitude and a competitive spirit.
So this post is not about "finger wagging" or pressuring you to just work really hard. My goal is to offer Matt’s story as a source of inspiration. This is an invitation to find what makes you fulfilled and happy. By following Matt’s blueprint you will be able to look past your own circumstances and focus your attention on what matters most. That is TO WIN!
#Wakeupandwin Every. Single. Day.