Fresh Blood Podcast Episode Guest - Scott Mason

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Scott shares the impact 9/11 had on his life, what he learned to free himself from being miserable with work and how he took a low point and turned it into an opportunity, becoming stronger and happier than he’s ever been before.



Scott shares the impact 9/11 had on his life, what he learned to free himself from being miserable with work and how he took a low point and turned it into an opportunity, becoming stronger and happier than he’s ever been before.


Scott Mason is a lawyer, having spent a couple of decades in General Counsel related roles, who turned entrepreneur as a motivational keynote speaker and business owner. As a keynote motivational speaker and podcast host, Scott focuses on resilience, personal transformation, social ethics, leadership and the entrepreneurial mindset. He also provides leadership mentoring and consulting services regarding operations, strategy, business development and scaling to small businesses.

Scott Mason is a lawyer, having spent a couple of decades in General Counsel related roles, who turned entrepreneur as a motivational keynote speaker and business owner. As a keynote motivational speaker and podcast host, Scott focuses on resilience, personal transformation, social ethics, leadership and the entrepreneurial mindset. He also provides leadership mentoring and consulting services regarding operations, strategy, business development and scaling to small businesses.

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

Scott Mason – Corporate Lawyer turned Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur shares the lessons that led to his big life shift

(Closing Notes)


I loved my conversation with Scott. There were so many great take aways, we can’t cover them all. Here are some of the points I’d like to bring up again. 


First, Scott shared a couple of moments of reflection around 9/11 that were really profound. The first being his reflections on the people who went to work that morning, like any other morning, some hugged their loves one on their way out the door, others may have shared a harsh word or had a difficult moment. What if that had been him? What if that had been his husband? Thinking about this made him conscious of the fact that we really never know what will happen in a day and every day we get with a loved one is a lucky day. Every day is a gift. Scott realized he never wants a negative word to be the last thing he says to a loved one, so now he always leaves on an I love you. And I am here for this. I love this and I have done this myself since I was a little girl. Anyone I loved got an I love you from me at the end of a phone conversation or as they were leaving, every time and still do to this day – are you telling the people you love, I love you? We all need to hear these words – over and over and over. Don’t just assume they know – Every time you tell someone I love you, you give them and yourself a gift. 


Overall, Scott’s 9/11 litmus test is the one that will stick with me. If you found yourself hanging outside the window from the 87th floor, what are you thinking about? What do you think you’ll wish you cared about? If that exercise is a bit much for you, you can ask yourself the simple question when dealing with something – will this matter in 10 years time? 

What is bothering you today? Will it matter in 10 years time? 

If that answer is no, let it go. 

Put down what you are carrying.

Stay centered in what matters. Keep a healthy perspective on what constitutes the big stuff and what constitutes the small stuff. 

The secret is, most of it is small stuff. 



Scott shared something really profound in a very simple sentence. He said, he thought he wanted to be a lawyer – this is so insightful because so many of us have thought we have wanted to be one thing or another completely based on the myths and stories we have been told and that we have told ourselves from society around us. For a huge percentage of the population, we have been incredibly limited in what we believe can be possible for ourselves. This created invisible cages within our lives that we can’t fully see. Some people live their entire lives in these self imposed cages. Some, a smaller percentage find awakening and they shift their lives purposefully. Many of those who escaped from their self imposed cages had done so because the universe stepped in and shook up their lives with a great tragedy. Stripping them of the circumstances that no longer served them and forcing them to re-examine their lives. 


These happen to be the times of great stress, frustration and fear. These are the most difficult times in life, where you reach out and wish someone would save you and bring you afloat – but the truth is, you must learn to save yourself or else the universe will keep creating these painful situations until you learn the needed lesson.


When life gives you situations you can’t change, the only thing left for you to do, is to change yourself – instead of falling into negative avoidance type of behaviors when faced with hardship, bring awareness to yourself and evaluate what changes you can make internally to help bring you peace. 


Scott experienced this very phenomena. He held a fantastic and prestigious law position with an amazing salary, a huge office bigger than his apartment with amazing views and yet he was miserable. He was living this life miserably yet he never considered making a change. So the universe stepped in and made the change for him. He was let go in the middle of a recession.


This was a very difficult time for Scott. A year ended up passing and resume after resume had gone out without strong prospects.  Scott found himself overwhelmed and emotional, hitting that breaking point we can all relate to. When his husband suggested a bike ride in the middle of the day, there was a simple moment where Scott’s husband suggested he stop and take a look around – just to take it all in, reminding him, this moment will never be here again.


And scott did – he took that deep breath, calmed himself internally and looked around – at the crisp crystal blue sky, the sharp green of the leaves, the yellow of his bike, the rays of the sun filtering through the trees – and Scott found peace and healing in mindfulness. Being able to Find the beauty in the smallest of things is key to living a satisfied life. Gratitude begets gratitude. The more you find to be grateful for in the small things, the more you’ll find to be grateful for in the big things.


So that was the beginning of Scott making it through his hardest times, reminding himself that he can never have any moment back and he started to actively look for the beauty around him, even in the smallest of things.  


The next time you are going through a hard time, remind yourself that every day has the capacity for beautiful moments, it’s your job to find them. 


As Scott suggested, you find a moment of beauty, which can be as simple as passing a blooming flower or feeling the sun on your face, see it for what it is, appreciate it, open yourself up to finding more moments and allowing them into your life, keep bringing in a little more and a little more. Keep up the practice. The more beauty you see, the more beauty that will come into your life. 


Scott’s difficulties of finding work that year and his subsequent feeling of being stuck, created a lot of lessons in his life. As Scott admitted, he was working in his lawyer role completely unhappy and it had never occurred to him to make a change, he had never considered that you could be happy in your work. Scott wasn’t going to make a change, the universe had to step in and do it for him. Sometimes the hardest moments are there to shake us up and force us to re-evaluate what you are doing with your life. 


Scott struggled to find work so he ended up doing some non profit work and consulting work to make ends meet. This is incredibly intelligent, if anyone is struggling to find work for extended time, I always suggest volunteering and/or doing consulting that is in line with your profession. This is beneficial on multiple fronts, it will keep your skill sharp and fresh, likely resulting in additional learning, you will satisfy the very important human need to be helpful and have purpose, you will look more appealing to potential employers and you have no idea where the experience could lead. More times than not it pays off in unexpected ways. 


For Scott, the consulting work changed his life. He had been so limited in his thoughts, he had not been able to see what was possible. His work with the martial arts studio opened up his mind and learned what it means to live your personal dreams and experience professional freedom. 


Scott’s non profit work ended up being the perfect transition role that allowed Scott to focus on what he really wanted in life and work towards building up his entrepreneurship. Which he eventually did and continued to grow from there. 



I absolutely loved Scotts definition of success: 

When you step into the full range of your talent and skills, combining them with the experiences you have and wrapping purpose or service around it -

When you do that and you are fully manifesting every single possibility that the gifts and talents you were given, out into the world, then you have come home and you have found success.

And that is based on what is inside of you not on what anyone else would say.

It’s what feels right inside of you –always listen to that internal tuning fork.


Thankfully Scott listened to his and he was able to transition from an unhappy lawyer into embodying his best self as an entrepreneur. He now wakes up in the morning feeling grateful as he lays in bed and when his feet hit the floor, he jumps up and is ready to go! He’s flowing in that river of life, and when you are flowing in your river in the right direction, it makes all the rocks and waterfalls so much easier to deal with.


Does it feel as if your life is flowing in the right direction? Do you feel as if you are floating down river or straining with effort up stream? What changes could you make to bring your life more into flow with your wants and internal creativity? 


When Scott needed to find his right direction, he focused in on the personal gifts he had. He did an archeological excavation into his life. And you can to. 

What are the things people say about you? 

What are the things that bring you joy? 

Ask at least five close friends and family, What are five words that describe you? What keeps coming up? This will help show you the lessons you can share and then you can find a direction to share in the way that brings the most energy into your life. 


Scott also dove into the stories he had been telling himself and evaluated all those stories he had bought into. You can too, do an assessment of the mythology of your own life, what are the stories you have been telling yourself that no longer serve you? What are the beliefs you have cultivated over the years? Are they serving you? Do your beliefs even belong to you or were they given to you by other people?  You get to choose what you believe. Take a good look and change those core beliefs that do not serve you. What are you closing the door on before ever giving yourself a chance?  Toss aside all those untruths and unworthy stories that have built up through the years, burying you behind the wall that those negative falsehoods create. 


You are worthy of every single one of your dreams. 


Scott brought up another key point for us – Rituals – you can use rituals to build a new life or support building a better life for yourself. Engage in rituals that pay off for you in the future, rituals that are tied to the better life you have imagined for yourself. Start small. Over time, these little rituals become habits and these habits can have a huge impact. Positive habits create positive days, which create positive years, which create a positive life. Start these small rituals and you will be on your way to starting new chapters. 


And this is my wish for us all, that you intentionally build in all the little rituals that will bring you joy, peace and forward movement on all your personal goals. 


Until Next time


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