24 Questions with Scott Barker

Survivor & Serial Entrepreneur

Scott Barker wasn’t envisioning a future of entrepreneurial success when he received his first cancer diagnosis. Through his personal and professional growth, Scott learned that life wasn’t about the mistakes he made, but rather the lessons he learned along the way.

Professionally, Scott has held leadership positions within diverse business sectors, including CMO and Director of Investor Relations, CEO, Founder, mentor and seven years as VP of Business Development – to name a few.

Scott loves sharing his story, pitching multimillion-dollar ideas, and helping people and communities thrive. Recently, he chose to go on an entirely new journey of self-reflection.

In his memoir Muscle Memory, Scott offers readers firsthand accounts of triumph, defeat, and personal fulfillment. Muscle Memory is about what can happen when you choose to see the beauty after a tragedy.

1. What does thriving mean to you?

It means to build success in everything I’m doing each day. Creating positive momentum daily. To grow In positive space.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?

Happiness. My happiness is the main focus in my life. I do everything in gratitude towards the happiness I have daily.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?

I lived a life that made excuses for things that didn’t happen for me. It was always ok because what I went through in my past. The poor me syndrome.

4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?

It’s really taught me the importance of being an agile company.  Having the ability to pivot and the team to execute in a efficient manner. The companies who are thriving in this pandemic have all shifted their business to fit the current state we are in and they are going strong because of it.

5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?

I’m a sexual abuse, addiction , suicidal ideation, 4 x cancer survivor. To open up and be vulnerable to the world about how I battled all this and found my happiness.

6. What did you learn recently?

I learned that being happy allows me to share the beat version of me with the people I love.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

I was an angry man. I had not dealt with my sexual abuse and I was killing my self with pain meds and alcohol.

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

I got cancer and I met an 18 yr old girl who taught me what truly living your life was about

9. What resources would you recommend?

Knowing who you are. We all search for purpose in life but how can you know your purpose if you don’t really know who you are. Asking for help is a great resource. It’s part of the path to knowing your ‘who’.

10. What is your favourite quote or motto?

Living the dream.

11. What are your top VALUES?

My happiness and sharing my true person. Vulnerability, empathy, and being true to myself

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

To finish my book and create an understanding of what happiness truly is and it’s importance in ones life.

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

I have and it’s about asking for help , knowing who you are and the importance in happiness

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?

15. What are you thankful for?
My ability to understand my who and finding self love , respect , trust and compassion for myself.
16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?
You have the ability to change the cycle of how you live, parent and see life. We grow up being taught by those we see every day. It doesn’t have to limit how we see life or who we want to be
17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?
Writing my memoir with my daughter
18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
I want more of my life
20. What rule should we be breaking?
The rule that you give to everyone else first and you last. Give to yourself and find true happiness and then share that person with the world.
21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
22. How would one shift from surviving to thriving?
I think understanding the meaning of surviving and the pride you have in being a survivor will create the strength and belief in yourself to thrive
23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
24. How can people connect with you?
Scott barker LTD on all social platforms