There are some people you come across that have an innate ability to get you fired up. Just a few minutes of talking with inspirational speaker Scott Burrows over the phone recently, had that affect on me.

I almost decided to chuck the whole journalism thing and start selling products. Okay, that might be an exaggeration. I couldn’t sell umbrellas in London, but Scott does inspire. Who knows, he might have unearthed my latest attempt at the Great American Novel. He has that way about him.

Scott’s story is a novel in its own right. He played for legendary football coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State and was a ranked kick boxer, having sparred on an ESPN broadcast.

When a car accident left him paralyzed, Scott took that challenge and approached it the same way he once did the football field and the kick boxing ring – with grit.

In our phone conversation, Scott told me that in his speeches: “I talk a lot about grit. In today’s marketplace, we’re going through some difficult times, so you’ve got to be willing to grit it out. It has everything to do with reaching inside and finding the best within you. That’s what separates the winners from the rest of the world.”

Scott will be delivering the opening keynote address at Senior Market Advisor Expo 2008, August 20-22 in Orlando. Get ready to get inspired.