The human brain is the most powerful thing in the world. When it gets injured, as mine did in a motorbike accident in 2008, you have to find new ways to live and strategies to deal with all the side effects that come with a Traumatic Brain Injury. This invisible illness challenges me every single moment of every single day. But I never let it stop me from achieving my goals. Through my workshops and talks I show others what life is like with a TBI, and how they can overcome adversity too.
Hey there, welcome, my name is Scott.
Let me tell you my story. Well, in 2008 I was involved in a motorbike accident in Victoria, Australia, that left me with lasting injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury. This was due to a severe Closed Head Injury, which resulted in extensive facial fractures, requiring a facial reconstruction. To reconstruct my face, they bolted 11 titanium plates to my skull. My TBI was so severe that I sustained extremely severe Frontal Lobe Damage and shearing of the brain. This has left me with paralysis from my shoulder to my toes down the right hand side of my body, causing major instability issues. On top of that, I have a Brachial Plexus injury to my right arm involving three severed nerves. Luckily I have two arms and two legs, because that would suck if I didn’t, right? Unfortunately I don’t have two brains. Instead, I’m blessed with a damaged one, and I make it work really hard.
Scott started his journey in 2008 and has been doing rehab ever since. For over eight years, Scott has been to learning how to be resilient. From the moment he woke up from his coma, Scott had to make a choice. He had to decide which road to walk down and the road he has been walking, ever since, has taught him the true meaning of resilience. To overcome adversity, Scott had to have the right mindset and persistence to achieve his goals. The lessons that Scott has learnt about life cannot be read in a book, they can only be learnt through experience. He is the only person that can tell you what he’s been through and how he’s done it and he knows that it’s up to him to pass on this information.
For medical, OT, speech pathology, physiotherapy, nursing students – the list goes on. Scott B Harris has designed the brain injury workshop to give students insights into what life with a TBI is really like. He shares his own story, explains the strategies he uses to deal with the side effects of his injury and offers a series of exercises that lets the group understand a little about what someone living with a TBI experiences every day. Scott is uniquely placed to help students step into someone else’s world to see what is frustrating, what is useful and how to work effectively with people with a brain injury.
Caring for a loved one or a patient with a TBI can be challenging, confronting, and even bewildering. Through his workshops, Scott helps carers to understand what someone with a TBI might be experiencing. He also highlights some of the interactions with his family and friends that he found most helpful, sharing anecdotes from his own experience.
Sometime in their career and perhaps every day, therapists and other medical professionals will interact with patients who have a severe TBI. Scott’s workshops can help medical professionals to understand just what someone with a TBI might be going through. He will also share the elements of his rehab that helped and motivated him and explain why they were useful. Scott talks thoughtfully and with clarity about what life is like with a TBI as that has been his life since 2008.
“What an inspiring presentation. Scott’s story is one of courage, commitment and perseverance. A wonderfully positive and real story of a person’s struggles and successes. His style is relaxed, informative and natural. Scott has presented to students and staff at Eltham College over the last few years and without question has had the audience spellbound with his journey through tragedy, self-discovery and dealing with whatever life throws at you. His video is one of the most inspiring I have ever seen. Scott is a young person who has a great message to convey and he does it well.”
“I found Scott’s presentation inspiring, uplifting and his use of humor was both unexpected (given the gravity of the situation) and very clever. His professionalism and the warmth with which he communicated with the audience were excellent. I loved the way he shared his story and my experience was of being touched, moved and inspired. Scott you have a very powerful message and one that makes a difference.”
“Scott Harris has come back from the dead. His story is both compelling and inspiring. ”
“Scott is an amazing young man with such an uplifting and inspiring spirit. From where he has come from to where he is now is motivation for anyone to achieve great things in life. His honest and touching story really resonates with everyone from all ages and walks of life. Scott is a great motivator for anyone to who is stuck in a rut and cannot achieve their goals. Inspirational.”
“Mesmerizing from the start to the end, Scott is a storyteller of the highest order. His journey is raw and inspiring refusing to shy away from the topics that can upset people, I would highly recommend Scott to speak at any event you are having.”
“There are many motivational speakers but Scott Harris is so much more. Scott’s story is one all young people should hear. Scott is a resilient young man who inspires his audience to chase down their dreams, fail as a way to learn and accept that the greatest asset an individual can have is a positive mindset. Scott’s story invites us all to learn some valuable life lessons, have a laugh and reflect on how goal setting can be the road map to a great life. Reading his book was inspiring, meeting Scott and watching him work with our students was amazing!”
“We found Scott’s presentation very polished and professional. His story is inspirational, motivational, emotional, and light hearted and humorous when appropriate. It was a great experience having Scott come and speak at the Murray Business Network to help motivate business leaders of today. The topics in which Scott touched on in his presentation were appropriate for both school aged students and a corporate audience, and I would highly recommend Scott to anyone looking to motivate staff around choices, mindset, goal setting, and persistence.”
“Scott’s keynote was presented very well. I found it very motivational, and Scott’s message to keep having a go no matter what resonated well with the entire room. A good measurement of a successful presentation is the number of questions the audience feels they can ask, and the strong engagement in question time really showed us that.”
“Thank you for coming to speak to our Year 10 students as a part of their Career Education program Scott. Your talk was engaging, touching and relevant. You captured the interest of the girls from the very outset and they were with you for the entirety of your journey, laughing, crying and most of all gaining a true understanding of what can be achieved with a positive mindset. Personally, I had Goosebumps listening to you, you are an inspiring young man with a fantastic message. We will definitely have you back to spread the word #IAmCapable.”
“I would like to thank Scott, for inspiring me at a time when I truly felt lost. Year 12, and the pressures we all feel to decide your life’s path at such a young age is tough, however the impact Scott Harris’s story has had on my life, and my choice of career is enormous. Scott’s story of courage, determination, and positivity is the sole reason I decided to study to become an occupational therapist. Scott’s passion and message of courage inspired me to choose a career that will allow me to help people to live their lives independently. In 2015, I completed my Masters of Occupational Therapy, and am now a qualified Occupational Therapist. Thank you Scott for inspiring me to follow the career path I never knew I wanted, but am forever grateful for!”
“From Scott’s speech, it has really made me appreciate what I have in my life and to look at things in a more positive way, as there are some people in the world who are suffering with many things. He has also encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone and that I am capable of achieving my dreams.”
“He did it perfectly. He wasn’t too solemn about it, and joked around a bit which was good, but he also made it sad and touching with the rehab videos which was really mind-blowing as well. I looked around and heaps of people had their hands over their mouths with shock and were tearing up, including myself! It was the most perfect talk that I’ve ever listened too. Really engaging from start to finish! I loved it and his story.”
“Scotts talk taught me some valuable life lessons; to be grateful for what I have, to always look on the bright side of life and to never give up.”
“I was moved by Scott’s story and defiantly will take in his advice for life. He’s an inspiring person who has overcome so many obstacles in his life and is someone that people can defiantly look up to. Scott’s presentation overall was interesting and Ibelieve that many girls were touched by his journey of recovery.”
“I found Scotts talk so inspirational. I thought it was truly amazing how he didn’t give up when traveling and it made me realize just how lucky I am. Every day I truly wake up and think I am so grateful for life. He was a truly remarkable man who is a true inspiration and an awesome speaker!”
“I found Scott’s talk very informative and emotional. It helped me understand more about cognitive dysfunction and how anything can change your life at any time. In addition to this, I found the approach and information presented about depression and anxiety well thought out. I’m extremely pleased that I got to hear Scott speak, and he was happy to answer my more private questions at the end, as well as giving me helpful advice.”
“I thought Scott’s speech yesterday was one of the best speeches we have ever had, and trust me we have had a lot. It was so empowering and I felt so privileged to have heard his story at the end of it.”
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