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Author: Scott Johnston

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Beyond the Bright Lights is a weekly motivational sports show, hosted by Scott Johnston. Every Monday, Scott who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair shares some of the wisdom he has learned using an inspiring or motivational quote from a coach or athlete.

Also, Every Friday Scott Interviews an athlete or sports media professional to find out how the lessons that they've learned from sports have helped them overcome the adversity that they face in everyday life.
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On this week's episode, Scott is joined by former Kansas Running Back turned coach, Deandre Mann Deandre shares how a rough childhood growing up in Miami gave him the motivation to succeed in football and in life. He shares how he was able to make the tr
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by strength and conditioning coach and owner of Controlled Madness LLC, Joe Lego. Joe talks all about his interest in fitness as a kid and how that led him into his career as a strength and conditioning coach. He also talks about living with Spastic Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and the mindset that, it has given him as well as how important it is to find and pursue your passion and more. Connect with Joe on Instagram: @ControlledMadness or on his website, LegoStrength.com Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares his thoughts on how to survive self-quarantine: Scott’s tips for surviving self-quarantine in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak: 1. Stay on a schedule 2. Workout regularly 3. Stay busy and be as creative as possible Make sure to check out this week's interview episode with Joe Lego a strength and conditioning coach for College Baseball Teams. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's interview episode, Scott is joined by CEO and founder of "The Fan Girl Sports Network" Tracy Sandler. Tracy shares how she started writing and how that journey eventually led her to start a sports site for women "who know all of Tom Brady's stats but aren't afraid to embrace their inner Gisele" called "The Fan Girl Sports Network". As the "49ers Fan Girl", she shares what it's like covering an NFL team and the Super Bowl. She also shares some advice for people who want to create their own thing and much more. If you're interested in writing for "The Fan Sports Network" you can email Tracy: tracy@fgsn.com Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares this quote from six-time NBA Champion, Michael Jordan: “Michael Jordan once said, "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to CEO of “The Fan Girl Sports Network”, Tracy Sandler. Tracy shares what it's like to cover an NFL Team, how she started “Fan Girl” and much more. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's interview episode, Scott is joined by former sportscaster turned CEO and public speaker, Rachel Baribeau. Rachel shares what it was like covering some of the biggest events in sports and what led her to start a new career as a public speaker. She also shares her thoughts on the importance of mental health, knowing who you are and how she is changing the lives of college athletes “Kings and Queens” through her non-profit “I’m changing the Narrative.” If you want more information on Rachel’s work with “I’m Changing the Narrative, you can go to the website: http://www.imchangingthenarrative.org/ Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares a quote from the late great tennis star, Arthur Ashe: “I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.” Scott talks about some of his mental health struggles how it's important to learn about who you are in life. Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to former sportscaster, turned public speaker and CEO of the non-profit I'm Changing the Narrative, Rachel Baribeau. Rachel talks about her 17 years as a sportscaster and how her own life struggles lead her to start a non-profit to help young high school and college athletes discover who they are as a person, outside of their sport. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by former Major League Pitcher turned author and public speaker, Jim Abbott. Jim shares what it was like growing up in Flint, Michigan and how he approached life with one hand. He also shares stories from his college years, how his mindset helped him go on to pitch professionally and how it still helps him in his post-playing career as a public speaker. Jim talks about where the game of baseball is today, what he would change and more. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares a quote from Hall of Fame basketball player, Larry Bird: "I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” Scott talks about how it's important to put yourself out there and the importance of doing your best work, every time. Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to former Major League Pitcher turned author and public speaker, Jim Abbott about his life, mindset and career. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by former sportswriter turned author and motivational speaker, RJ Davis. RJ shares what sports meant to him, why he decided to become a public speaker, his goals as an author, how he discovered his purpose and more. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares a quote from football coach, Eddie Robinson: "Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you." Scott talks about how it's important to not shy away from being a leader in your own life and the lives of others. He also talks about how to deal with self-doubt and the importance of service. Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to former sportswriter turned author and public speaker, R.J. Davis about how he grew into the leader that he is today. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by documentary filmmaker, Steven C. Barber. They talk about how Steven got started in film, some of his accomplishments what shooting "Unbeaten" and his other films have taught him about life and more. Catch Steven's work online at Snagfilms.com and Amazon. You can connect with Steven at Vanilia Fire.com Thanks for listening and keep striving to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares two quotes from Kobe Bryant: "Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success." "When we are saying this cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done, then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself 'you are a failure,' I think that is almost worse than dying." Scott talks about how it's important to seize the moment and go after your dreams. He also talks about failure, success and the power of perseverance. Thanks, Kobe for your role model of greatness. Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to documentary filmmaker, Steven C. Barber. They talk about how Steven got started in film, some of his accomplishments and what his work has taught him about life. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
Beyond the Bright Lights is back with its first episode of the new year. On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by Steve Wyche. Steve, an analyst for NFL Network shares his struggles with racism growing up in St. Louis, how college and football helped him find a place to belong and what his journey has been like as a sports journalist. Thanks for listening and keep striving to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares this quote from Baseball Legend, Satchel Paige. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” He talks about how it's important to deal with times that are seemingly overwhelming, the importance of making the right choices in those moments and how to pull yourself out of them. Don't forget to check out this week's interview episode where Scott talks to NFL Network Analyst, Steve Wyche. Steve talks about how he dealt with racism when he was growing up in St. Louis, how football helped him overcome it and more! Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by Sportscaster and Motivational Speaker, Joel Goldberg. Joel is the host of "Royals Live" for, the postgame show for the Kansas City Royals. He shares his journey of perseverance, going from a college grad with little to no experience to becoming the sideline reporter for the St. Louis Rams and finally the host of Royals Live. Joel also shares some of the life lessons he's learned along the way such as "not taking no for an answer" and "not burning bridges." If you would like to learn more about Joel or hire him as a speaker, check out his website: joelgoldbergmedia.com Thanks for listening and keep striving to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by Entrepreneur and transformational coach, the Muscle Motivator, Nathan Todd. Nathan shares some of the life lessons he's learned from living with Cerebral Palsy. He talks about how his struggles with mental health at an early age taught him about the importance of self-discovery, the unique way his mom challenged him to connect with others and how those experiences set him up for the work he does today as a transformational coach. He also shares how working out in the gym allows him to push his own physical and mental limits. If you would like to work with Nathan, check out his website: The Muscle Motvator.com Thanks for listening and keep striving to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares this quote from NFL Legend, Ronnie Lott who said, "If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” He talks about how powerful the mind is, the importance of positivity and some of his one struggles with mental limitations. Don't forget to check out this weeks interview episode where Scott talks to Transformational Coach, Fellow CP Warrior and Gym Rat, Nathan Todd. Nathan shares his own struggles with mental limitations he overcame them, why it's important for you to do the same and more! Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
On this week's Interview Episode, Scott is joined by Dave Stevens. Dave is a former athlete, current motivational speaker and member of the media. He worked for 20 years at ESPN and now interviews athletes as a member of "The Disability Channel" He shares the struggles growing up as a congenital amputee and his journey to finding success on and of the field. Thanks for listening and keep striving to unleash the champion within!
Today Scott shares this quote from Baseball Legend, Babe Ruth who said, "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” He talks about how it's important to keep trying no matter how hard things get and how long it takes. Don't forget to check out this weeks interview episode where Scott talks to former athlete and amputee, Dave Stevens. Dave talks about his life and the challenges he faced growing up without arms and legs. He shares the lessons he's learned throughout his life and the journey he took to play football, minor league baseball and work at ESPN for 20 years. Thanks for listening and keep working hard to unleash the champion within!
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