Scott Leeper is an Executive Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and Author, who lives in Mishawaka, IN with his wife, Ashley, and son, Jaxson. Scott served in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 to 2014, where he served as a heavy equipment operator for the first 9 years of his service. In 2009, he became a Marine Criminal Investigator until he left the Marine Corps in 2014.
In 2012, Scott made the tough decision to take his father, Scott Leeper, Sr., off life support and watched him pass away on May 19, 2012. Scott’s father battled alcohol addiction for the majority of his adult life and it would be the addiction that would ultimately cause his demise. Scott suffered severe psychological trauma after his father’s death and had to reinvent himself after leaving the Marine Corps in 2014.
Due to a habit of excuses, a victim mentality, negative thinking and an affair on his wife of 9 years after his dad’s death, Scott was forced out of the Marine Corps with an Other Than Honorable discharge. Although Scott was a seasoned Criminal Investigator with a Top Secret Clearance, his law enforcement career was over. Therefore, he had to reinvent himself and learn new skills due to his negative discharge. He is happy to report, his relationship with his wife is stronger than it ever has been!
After the end of his service, Scott knew he wanted to help people, but did not know what that looked like for him. His first job after the military was in the staffing industry, where he would be fired less than a year later due to poor performance. His next position was with a non-profit running multiple thrift shops in the South Bend, IN region. While working for this organization, Scott conducted inspirational speeches for the men in the rehabilitation center that the organization funded. During his speeches, Scott spoke to men with various levels of addiction, without sugar coating the realities of addiction. After the speeches, men told Scott that he spoke to them on a level that nobody has ever spoke to them on. Soon the rehabilitation center closed, and Scott found himself unfulfilled and on the job search again.
During a third job working in an office, Scott began competing in bodybuilding competitions, and within a year, left that organization to become a certified personal trainer. As a trainer, Scott worked tirelessly to help people get the physical results they were looking for. However, Scott suffered a revolving door of clients. He began to understand the missing link. Scott understood that, unless his clients make a psychological shift to consistency and a dedication to healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle, their motivation would soon disappear. Once the motivation to be healthy is gone, the client stopped showing up for themselves, every time.
With this realization in mind, Scott received four certifications for Health and Life Coaching. Scott is now the owner/operator of Mind Muscle Strength, where he coaches people on bridging the gap between personal and professional challenges. Scott believes that the old saying “leave home at home and work at work” is wrong and will make a person’s personal and professional lives worse. In his coaching, Scott works with people on shifting their perspectives around their personal challenges, in order to view them as gifts, rather than burdens. He does this by calling on his own experiences, asking questions to establish deep thought processes, and sharing his stories in a way that shows resulting strength and growth. Then he utilizes a combination of empathy, intuition, and tough love to help the individual navigate through those challenges. After working through personal challenges, he focuses on professional challenges with the individual. This creates a no-lose scenario for the individual and their organization.
Scott is the co-author of the book Drowning in Addiction: Sink or Swim, where the authors discuss their challenges around addiction, as the addict or the family member. The mission of the book is to start a movement to Recover Out Loud. This book can also be utilized as a resource for people to gain a perspective around becoming a much stronger person, as a result of their challenges. This book can be found on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Scott firmly believes all of the challenges he has faced and continues to face are making him stronger and happened for a reason. He believes he would not be where he is now, if it were not for his challenges and how he has learned to view them.