As part of my series about prominent entrepreneurs and executives that overcame adversity to achieve great success, I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Schmaren.
NeuroPerformanceologist, Scott Schmaren is an internationally known hypnotist, speaker, coach and author. He co-wrote the book, “Stepping Stones to Success”, along with Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Denis Waitley.
He is also the creator of, “The Quatric Formula for Success” which is the life transformation program he created to literally transform every area of his life, including helping him lose and keep off more than a 180 pounds.
Scott has appeared on “Oprah” and Oprah said, “If Scott can do it, I can do it and so can you!”. Scott is a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show and Daily Mail. He has also appeared on Fox News, Coast to Coast Radio and has been featured in Reader’s Digest and The New York Times. Scott recently appeared on the television show, “Moving America Forward”, with William Shatner and Doug Lewellyn and was honored for his work.
Scott has also spoken for many organizations including the women’s organization “Dress for Success” at their “Leadership Conference” and their “International Success Summit”. Scott has also presented a Ted Talk.
Scott’s process of transformation is being used to help cancer patients, children and adults from all walks and areas of life.
Scott has committed his life to helping others overcome the obstacles and challenges in their lives and to help them create and live the life of their dreams.
Jason Crowley: Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to this specific career path?
Scott Schmaren: I spent most of my life morbidly obese (even as a child) and during my life I had lost and gained hundreds of pounds, many times…I had just gained back over 150 pounds and I felt hopeless and desperate. I weighed 360 pounds (I am only 5’7”) and I had a 56” waist…I desperation I lost my will to live and I look an entire bottle of sleeping pills and pain killers (enough to kill an elephant). I remember sitting in my chair that was my safe place. I was afraid yet relieved that my pain would end soon. At some point I passed out…I never went to a hospital. The next morning, I opened my eyes and I saw the sun shining in through my living room window as if coming from heaven. It was a surreal moment. I had a tremendous sense of peace (it really isn’t explainable in words), I thought I was dead. Then I realized that I was alive and in the moment I got clarity and I accepted responsibility for my life and in that moment I decided to change. I got out of my chair and set out on quest as to why there were two people inside me. The person who wanted to be, happy, healthy, thin and successful and the other who always pulled me back when I started making progress. I learned that it was my subconscious that was controlling everything I did. I began to study different mind technologies like: hypnosis, NLP, guided imagery, meditation, creative visualization and many others. I began to work on myself creating new systems and techniques from what I learned…Fast forward…I have lost and kept off more than 180 pounds now for many years and have transformed every area of my life.
I was a real estate agent at the time and the little voice in my kept telling me that I need to start using what I have learned and created to help others…So, I walked away from my real estate career and began to help people. I created “I Am Amazing Inc.” as a company dedicated to helping others by speaking to companies and organizations individuals and groups.
Crowley: Can you share your story of when you were on the brink of failure? First, take us back to what it was like during the darkest days.
Schmaren: When I started “I Am Amazing Inc.” was not clear exactly how I was going to do that. Having no experience as a speaker or a coach. I was frustrated. I knew the world need my message and that people needed my help…Money was tight and I had three sons going through college. It was scary and frustrating.
Crowley: What was your mindset during such a challenging time? Where did you get the drive to keep going when things were so hard?
Schmaren: What kept me going during those challenging times was the clear vision I had of how I could help others and how important it was to help people discover how amazing they are and help them create and live the life of their dreams…To rise above where they were in life.
Crowley: Tell us how you were able to overcome such adversity and achieve massive success? What did the next chapter look like?
Schmaren: I overcome the adversity of starting this business from nothing was because of my three best friends: Patience, Persistence and Faith…All three of them kept me going knowing that however long it took or what obstacles or challenges I may face…I would keep going…Faith, also kept me going that even though I did know everything I need to know starting on my journey my Faith told me I would learn it along the way.
Crowley: Based on your experience, can you share 3 actionable pieces of advice about how to develop the mindset needed to persevere through adversity? (Please share a story or example for each.)
Crowley: None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Schmaren: I have worked with many trainers that have taught me many things.
My greatest mentor and hero is Abraham Lincoln…His life story of overcoming so many setbacks and challenges in his life and still holding to his values and beliefs even in some of our country’s most difficult times and his decisions would affect millions of people.
I actually have an actual mold of Lincoln’s face hanging on my office wall, watching me everyday and reminding me to do the right thing
My other great hero has been reading books. I read a lot and if I could recommend two books they would be:
“Think and Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill
“Overcoming the Devil”, also by Napoleon Hill
Crowley: Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
Schmaren: Yes! I have created a life transformation seminar based on my life transformation and the work I have done with my clients. It is called, “The Quatric Formula for Success”. The program is a system that any person, company or organization can use to transform anything in any area of life (personal, business, sports, sales and more.
Crowley: You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Schmaren: That is an easy question..Our world needs more” Kindness and Love. If we truly want this world to be a better place all we need to do come from a place of Kindness and Love…Think about it..
Crowley: Any parting words of wisdom that you would like to share?
Schmaren: You are the master of your life…You are already powerful beyond all measure…Now you need to believe it…and live it….Everyday of Your Life!!!!
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