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Identity Crisis

2016-0418 Identity Crisis

If you are like many people, your self-worth is primarily determined by your job, income, responsibilities, and possibly even your possessions. Even people who hate their job tend to agree that their calculation of self-worth is tied to their job. Prior to my brain injury, I certainly placed too much emphasis on my job. Thankfully, brain injury taught me a valuable lesson — most experiences in life are more rewarding than a job that pays well. I am not discounting the value of a job or income from a job, but I am suggesting that the things we did in the past may not be as rewarding as the things we do in the future.

Prior to my brain injury, I used to donate money to a few charitable organizations. Some organizations asked me to volunteer. I usually said “no” because I was too busy working on something that, in the big scheme of things, was really not all that critical. After my brain injury, I had a little extra time so I began volunteering to fill up my schedule. There is no doubt in my mind that a few hours of volunteering can be more meaningful than a lifetime of paid employment.

One place where I previously volunteered as often as possible is Make-A-Wish. I volunteered as both a speaker and wish granter. Whether or not you have heard of the organization that grants wishes to children who have a life-threatening adversity, please watch at least one of the following short videos:


Which charitable organizations most interest you? 

If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life, consider volunteering. I am certain that there are organizations near you that want and need your help. If you need assistance finding the right opportunity, I am willing to help.


Thanks to Make-A-Wish, the survivors and their families, the videographers and editors, YouTube and Vimeo for hosting the videos used in this post; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, videos, and text in this post.


Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

3 Responses to “Identity Crisis”

  • Joy says:

    The Women’s Shelter’s always need volunteers, including drivers to pick up donations to their thrift shops.

  • My self-worth is always in question since the brain-injuries. I do volunteer work, and I help people as much as possible in several different ways. Ultimately i see that my value is in serving others. I’d like to help brain-injured adults, like vets, but I can’t make the 2-hour trip to Long Beach to the VA hospital. Many homeless turn out ot be brain-injured according to recent research, so that’s where I’m focusing.

    • Scott says:

      Frances, there might be a different way to follow your passion to help brain-injured vets without a two-hour commute the the Long Beach VA, Perhaps, you and I could brainstorm a few alternatives in the near future. Let me know when you have some spare time.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.