08.24.20 | Ep. 423 Tabitha Scott |CEO of Powering Potential

Tabitha Scott Ep. 423 Rounding the Bases with Joel Goldberg

Tabitha Scott is the CEO of Powering Potential, a company that  helps individuals and companies discover and ignite their untapped potential. Tabitha is an international advisor and speaker, known as The Energist for her groundbreaking expertise in leveraging the principles of modern and ancient energy to accelerate innovation, productivity and personal potential. She led efforts to create the world’s largest solar-powered community and was recognized for her numerous innovative uses of advanced technology at the White House. 

Tabitha left the corporate world to go find herself in the jungle, literally.  She wrote about living in Costa Rica in a new book called Trust Your Animal Instincts: Recharge Your Life & Ignite Your Power



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Tabitha Scott 

Joel Goldberg: Welcome in to Rounding the Bases, the podcast about culture with a baseball twist. My name is Joel Goldberg. Thank you for listening. If you want to watch more videos

Joel Goldberg: Every day streaming on YouTube and Facebook and Twitter rounding the bases live, which actually my guest today was a guest.

Joel Goldberg: On rounding the bases live, but we'll dig a little bit deeper in this episode Tabitha, Scott.

Joel Goldberg: Is the founder of powering potential. She's an international author, speaker advisor on powering personal potential

Joel Goldberg: As we're recording this. She has a brand new book out so released in August and you could find it on Amazon, trust your animal instincts.

Joel Goldberg: She's formerly CEO of the call Scott group and military assistance company corporate world for ever. She is known as the original

Joel Goldberg: Energy and we'll talk plenty about energy. I'm fascinated by her story because she was living the corporate life and was very successful and in essence pulled the plug on that one.

Joel Goldberg: And then started on a new journey, one that I don't know if many of us could pull off, but one that found herself.

Joel Goldberg: In the jungle isolated and coming out on the other side with a new lease on life and a new book. So let's get to the conversation right now with Tabitha Scott Tabitha, first and foremost, how are you today.

Tabitha Scott: I'm well, ready to go. Have it Joel I'm doing great. And I know that when you and I spoke a few weeks in advance of this interview.

Joel Goldberg: I was so excited because your story really really is amazing.

Joel Goldberg: Tell me about the new book, that's a great way to start. Trust your animal instincts recently released just the other day on Amazon.

Joel Goldberg: Doing very well, tell me about the book. 


Tabitha Scott: Well, the book is a true story about a journey that I went through and I think most every business person can lead to work life balance and

Tabitha Scott: It was dealing with the things that we face balancing between our home life that our life and the pressures there in and

Tabitha Scott: I think it's been so successful so far because everybody's feeling off balance right now we're kind of swimming in the sea of

Tabitha Scott: negative vibes of uncertainty and fear and frustration.

Tabitha Scott: And what what happens with us is that brings our own positivity down and to get that back up, which is what I talked about in the book.

Tabitha Scott: We need to really learn to identify and tune out the negativity and then find those things that either we are really good at.

Tabitha Scott: Or that we love doing and make us feel a little bit better and do more of them. It sounds simple, but energetically. That's how it works. That's how you raise your vibes back up, like the song. Good Vibrations to be positive again.

Joel Goldberg: Well, there's so much. There's so much negativity out there at this point. And I think, you know,

Joel Goldberg: In general, our minds can often go to the negative. And that's what your brain console often do do it takes a lot of work to push that aside.

Joel Goldberg: But now I think the comment that I hear more than anyone is something along the lines of, that is so 2020

Joel Goldberg: True. We've never had a year like this. None of us have ever had a year like this in our lives. It's been a terrible year. I just can't live that way. Personally, I

Joel Goldberg: I want to sit there and say, okay, what can we do in 2020 and missed what what are tough times, but but there really

Joel Goldberg: Has never been a time like this before. So I think what what you have written is completely relevant to this moment.

Joel Goldberg: How often are you hearing and seeing those struggles in all walks of life. I'm seeing it.

Tabitha Scott: All the time now, and I think people are really reaching out because they don't understand what's happening.

Tabitha Scott: Energetically. Let me explain that a little bit. What's happening especially let's talk about the pandemic, for example.

Tabitha Scott: We can we can see and understand a physical attack if someone's running at you with a baseball bat or a club.

Tabitha Scott: You can see them visibly you can't see what's happening to us energetically, you can't see that negativity pulling you off balance and making you feel that way. But you can feel it.

Tabitha Scott: And so it's really important to pay attention to how you're feeling and as an executive for the last 20 years

Tabitha Scott: Feelings are not something that we are really comfortable in the past, talking about and sharing. And so I think one benefit of the things that have

Tabitha Scott: transpired this year is that it's put us back in touch with what makes us happy. How do we feel about that.

Tabitha Scott: And a good deal of my book is about, you know, I thought you had to be logical. I worked with renewable energy, I worked with a lot of engineers. I worked with technicians universities technology innovation.

Tabitha Scott: And so everything touchy feely or squishy. It wasn't taken seriously, in my view, now I really understand through that training in both electrical

Tabitha Scott: Physics and how electricity works as well as human bio field work and studies and certifications.

Tabitha Scott: It's all the same. It's just energy. And so, focusing on the things that bring your vibrations up and tuning out of the things that bring you down.

Tabitha Scott: It's important, then you see that all across the sports world like when a batter gets in the box. If he's thinking about all the things that can go wrong with that pitch where it might end up versus what's in his wheelhouse.

Tabitha Scott: Then he's going to miss it. He's going to strike out instead he knows what he's really good at, where he can hit that home run. And then he gets real consistent with it and the more consistent, he is

Tabitha Scott: The more positive his results show true. It's the reason why I love to speak about baseball, not because I'm in it as a broadcaster, but because there

Joel Goldberg: There is more failure that athletes have to deal with in any sport. I mean, it's the, it's the sport. We don't need to get too into this but

Joel Goldberg: If you're successful 30% of the time you're considered one of the best at it and so that takes dealing with a lot of failure and so

Joel Goldberg: And by the way, not that all those guys have it all figured out either a lot of them struggle with exactly what you're saying. And it's a battle every single day. So that's something that

Joel Goldberg: That obviously we deal. I want to backtrack and go through your story I, you know, in the simplest form, like in in one of those little one line deals, it would be you can correct me if I'm wrong here.

Joel Goldberg: Girl grows up in rural America moves out of the corporate world finds herself in the jungle and comes out on the other side.

Joel Goldberg: I know that's about the one sentence version. It's much more than that. But tell me, tell me about your background, growing up and and then how you ended up on this just wild journey.

Tabitha Scott: Yeah. So my background, growing up was in small town Kentucky on a farm and I grew up with one of those coach dads. I played basketball and ran track and

Tabitha Scott: So I really value the competition, the teamwork, the responsibility that

Tabitha Scott: Being in competition and being in sports teaches you so I learned that from a very early age. And we also had lots of animals. I had four horses. Three chickens, which taught to shake hands, by the way.

Tabitha Scott: A document walking sideways, you know, a couple dollars a few cats and an older sister, who was much better behaved than I was. And it was just a great time growing up in Kentucky. Now that's a basketball state.

Tabitha Scott: And Kansas is as well. But you understand a lot of my background was was an in basketball. So I had this firm foundation of if you wanted something just work really hard for it.

Tabitha Scott: And if you wanted a car then mow the lawns, you know, and make money for it if you want to go to college, then work as an operator overnight at GE and

Tabitha Scott: You know, pay for it so that helped me and served me well becoming an executive I was CEO by the age of 30 of

Tabitha Scott: A military payments company. And then from there, went on to be senior vice president of to global organizations dealing with sustainability and innovation.

Tabitha Scott: And so that drive that I learned as a kid, working on a farm and planting our own gardens and taking care of the animals was really important, but that suck it up attitude.

Tabitha Scott: I was on a call the other day with with Chase Kaufman, and we were talking about how that perfectionism that

Tabitha Scott: Push yourself beyond the limits that you learn in sports, sometimes doesn't serve you well emotionally and in times like we're facing with the pandemic right now.

Tabitha Scott: Because our tendency is malicious suck it up for another day versus wow I'm feeling off and I need to take care of that. And so

Tabitha Scott: That's the. That was the pinnacle of my business career and then going into the jungle was where I learned the lessons of listening and reflecting and considering are just as powerful, if not more powerful than driving succeeding competing

Joel Goldberg: lot to unpack their chase Kaufman. By the way, for those that don't know many CERTAINLY IN THIS NECK OF THE WOODS would he's finance guy now, but he played in the NFL tight end and

Joel Goldberg: Big Time football star and the Kansas City area. And then, University of Missouri and so yeah really good guy and

Joel Goldberg: He understands it. You know what love when you, when you've competed at that level, you know, this is a former athlete when you've competed at that level, you're doing something

Joel Goldberg: That 99% of the world will never do. So not only do you have to have the talent you have to have that it factor that's something else. And then again, I mentioned it before. Not everybody figures it out so

Joel Goldberg: Okay, you're, you're living in the corporate world your cod young age, you have the work ethic. You have everything that's needed

Joel Goldberg: And then, and I'm fast forwarding here you find yourself not accidentally you find yourself in the jungle. How did that come about.

Tabitha Scott: That came about after a very long series of things, both in professional life and personal life that lead to burnout and

Tabitha Scott: I think one of the reasons that the book is at the top of the new release list right now for work life balance and business is because we all are facing that struggle at the time.

Tabitha Scott: I was, I had two children, each of which had very special challenges. One of them got narcolepsy. At the age of 16

Tabitha Scott: And he had always wanted to be a pilot started taking pilots flight lessons at age 14

Tabitha Scott: And it kind of changed his life in a dramatic way to the point where you couldn't even finish his high school, he had to do that from home.

Tabitha Scott: And so facing, that and the other son who had a rare knee disorder and ended up going from competitive soccer.

Tabitha Scott: Traveled team goalie to sitting in his wheelchair watching the other kids play and feeling like you couldn't tell anyone at work about it feeling like you needed to keep that at home.

Tabitha Scott: Because as a female. You don't want to show up as too emotional. You don't want to show up as not as professional as the guys and

Tabitha Scott: It was something that in our culture at the time wasn't really something you would want to share and then eventually ended up having my own cancer scare

Tabitha Scott: I worked in the renewable energy sector and in the United States, and a lot of places renewable energy, there's a lot of misunderstandings around it and not a lot of support.

Tabitha Scott: And so it felt like sort of emotional quicksand with all of these things going on. And yet, keeping up that competitive suck it up a face of. You just have to keep up that face and that professionalism and show up behind the podium and do a great job.

Joel Goldberg: And have we done better?

Tabitha Scott:  What that is a culture know we have definitely gotten better. I think there's a lot more sensitivity. Now, I think the pandemic has really woken. A lot of people up to our families, and I don't know my

Tabitha Scott: My hat goes off to you parents that have children at home that and you're balancing being a teacher being professional doing your day job. I don't know how they do it. My kids are grown and gone and hats off to all of you.

Joel Goldberg: Well, I'm not that far off, but I'm not sure for the better, or the worse stage because I've got

Joel Goldberg: I've got teenagers. So we don't really have to entertain them the challenges, keeping them contained and you know i mean from a mental health standpoint, though, it's like you know the the eight year old.

Joel Goldberg: Isn't going to go hop in the car or isn't going to demand to go hang out with their friends. But you got to keep them occupied all day.

Joel Goldberg: The older ones, you know, they may go and play video games or get on the social media stuff, and on and on and on. Right. Tick tock. And

Joel Goldberg: All that stuff. But you got to contain himself. And look, everybody you know everybody's dealing with challenges and whether you've got kids in the house or or not. So I wanna, I want to talk more about this.

Joel Goldberg: This trip. You know, that's the right way to put it to the jungle. So as Costa Rica. Right.

Tabitha Scott: It's kind of surreal. And so when did this take place. How long and what were you doing while you were there this took place in 2017 and my friend, Randy Stacy who sorry to say as involved with the Cincinnati Reds

Tabitha Scott: But he had a friend with a place in Costa Rica. So sight unseen and I did not realize it would be hours from paved roads and, you know, it wasn't what I had in mind when I heard it would be sort of narrow

Tabitha Scott: It was very remote no cell service no tea no communications without going to the closest little village. And so I spent almost three months in the jungle there.

Tabitha Scott: On the trails in the sun, figuring out

Tabitha Scott: What was next for me and how I could use my talents to really help others in this new phase of my life.

Joel Goldberg: So soul searching right i mean you this, this wasn't really a trip to the beach. Maybe it was supposed to be a little bit of one but but suddenly you find yourself living

Joel Goldberg: In a totally different world and and one that it sounds like was almost completely unplugged what and I don't know that it was

Joel Goldberg: total isolation but at a time right now or so many of us are dealing with isolation at different levels. I think all of us would like to just get away

Joel Goldberg: And so you had you had that ability to do that. What were those three months, like for you.

Tabitha Scott: those three months were very interesting. As I mentioned earlier, tuning into the things that make you feel positive or realizing that things that you connect and resonate with

Tabitha Scott: Growing up with animals. I always connected with animals. And so he appropriate Elon Musk and ensign all tribute your success to intuition.

Tabitha Scott: And we're all born with intuition. But in order to be able to hear it. Some people literally here at some people feel it.

Tabitha Scott: For me animal showed up. I would see lots of snakes for a while until I figured out what that meant. I saw up to seven scorpions in 48 hours in Costa Rica. Well, I figured out what that meant.

Tabitha Scott: And, you know, an hour would wake me up every night for, you know, a period of time. So those are the stories and the lessons that I learned and I'm happy to share some of those with you.

Joel Goldberg: Well, I want to hear more about that because, I mean, first off, I'm just cringing at the thought of the you know the scorpions and snakes. How'd you do with that.

Tabitha Scott: I was a little frightened at first, which would be normal, but my parents were school teachers and my mother always taught us

Tabitha Scott: You know, there's a special purpose for every person there is a special purpose for every creature so love them all be interested in them all and you know there is a purpose.

Tabitha Scott: And it all started with the snakes. Just before I went to Costa Rica.

Tabitha Scott: And my friends thought, you know, they didn't know what to think. We were all Googling, you know, what's the meaning of seeing a lot of snakes.

Tabitha Scott: And we finally figured out one day. It just hit me as I was riding my bike through the countryside and pretty exasperated with not knowing what it meant. After a period of months, and it was shed your skin.

Tabitha Scott: And that was a really important lesson.

Tabitha Scott: For two reasons, because first of all it's getting rid of the negative it's tuning out of the things that can harm you. They shed their skin because they get parasites in it. And if they don't drop it and leave it behind it hurts their health.

Tabitha Scott: It hurts their growth. They shed their skin. Secondly, because they cannot grow into their potential.

Tabitha Scott: They can't thrive and expand. It's literally holding them back.

Tabitha Scott: And so my answer of, you know, what do I do with this career. I know an empty nester I've faced this cancer challenge.

Tabitha Scott: Nobody knows this, what would I do it was shed your skin. So I quit my job. I gave away most of my things I put my house on the market and I went to Costa Rica in the jungle for a few months.

Joel Goldberg: Were there moments in this isolation of self doubt or question or was it very clear the whole way.

Tabitha Scott: Oh, there were moments. There were lots of moments. And I think we all are sitting in those moments today with the pandemic and with the uncertainty and

Tabitha Scott: What I can say is the answers are there but finding your own way to tap into them.

Tabitha Scott: What was so challenging for me is I would read about listening to intuition or finding the answers. And it was always a cross legged pose and being still and listening and

Tabitha Scott: People that are wired like me, you can't do that. It's very messy. You can't. But it was extremely difficult for me.

Tabitha Scott: And what I learned in the jungle was everybody can tap in but you have to find your way for me. It might be hiking, watch a basketball for you. It might be golf and watching baseball

Tabitha Scott: But whatever those high vibe activities are. That's how you get a little closer to hearing

Tabitha Scott: The messages that you need to hear a little closer. Another interesting thing that I read recently is that a technology break. So you say,

Tabitha Scott: We've been isolated, but I bet we haven't been isolated from technology and so literally a half day or a whole day fast from technology is a way that science shows your brain can regenerating and start to feel better.

Joel Goldberg: Some really good idea and I you know i'm i'm that classic guy that if I go on vacation with my family and let the beach. I still can unplug

Joel Goldberg: Right and and it's not even always that I'm working. It's just consuming, and it's a great lesson. It feels good to put all that stuff aside, you know,

Joel Goldberg: everybody always talks about the first thing you do when you wake up, you know, should you meditate, should you reflect all this and I try that sometime and and it is good, but

Joel Goldberg: I just, I'm not always wired that way, you know, and so I i I'm consuming I'm researching I'm doing all that stuff and

Joel Goldberg: So many of us. It's just a really interesting point because so many of us in isolation of turn to more of that to get that fixed and

Joel Goldberg: You know, I'm the person that's not going to sit very still, when I read I read a couple pages. And then my mind goes elsewhere. I'm I'm I'm wired like that. And so

Joel Goldberg: I, as long as you have your basketball. I guess that's all that

Tabitha Scott: And I think you have to acknowledge that Joel what's what I see happening because we're made of energy.

Tabitha Scott: People try to fight back. And it's like the third law of motion. Right. You remember those balls that used to crash in another and physics class.

Tabitha Scott: It's if you try to, to say, I'm not going to listen to that little voice that is frustrated right now, then you're doing this and you're not solving or moving anything forward. You have to acknowledge

Tabitha Scott: I'm feeling down or I can't sit still long enough to meditate and then go do something else. Don't stress yourself out about it for me. I had to

Tabitha Scott: I was kind of forced into this isolation, because I assumed I would have self service and I assumed to be able to search for a new job and

Tabitha Scott: And, you know, do all of those things, communicate. But what it did is it really served me well because I was able to tune into

Tabitha Scott: If I get really tired from hiking. If I'm out in nature. If I running or doing yoga that's more intense yoga for me that's what works. And I learned I could sit cross legged all day and not connect as much as whenever I really tired.

Joel Goldberg: So the moment that you realize there was no cell service which I do. But very quickly.

Joel Goldberg: What was the reaction in your head.

Tabitha Scott: Oh my goodness, what am I going to do and a bit of fear because the place where I stayed. It was so rural that there was no mailbox. There was no street address

Tabitha Scott: So there was no map even there was one hand drawn map at a local bicycle shop that I was able to obtain but it was pretty rural and and a little scary. But you know what, I was at a point of burnout in my life where I just didn't really care and

Tabitha Scott: Being raised outdoors, where mom would have to turn on the front porch light that said hey tab. Get back inside for the night.

Tabitha Scott: I didn't mind being out in a remote place but from a safety perspective, it was challenging at times.

Joel Goldberg: Unbelievable. And so you adjusted, though, right, I mean, we, we, as human beings, adjust if we're forced to do so you

Joel Goldberg: Know, I suppose you had a choice, but I don't think you are going to take the easy way out from a little bit. I know about you, but

Joel Goldberg: What was the adjustment. Like how long did it take you to really get used to this.

Tabitha Scott: It took a few weeks and finally getting a car instead of a bicycle was a really good idea because as I said it was it was dirt roads and the potholes, there are the size of bathtubs we complain about ours here.

Tabitha Scott: But trying to write a leisure bicycle, which I picked up when I got there. So imagine me on a bright blue 1940's bicycle cruising around these potholes and there are

Tabitha Scott: Feral dogs, you know, wild dogs that would come out the road and try to chase you. So

Tabitha Scott: It took about a week or two until I got a car and could get around around a little bit better. But I think the only time that I really thought about. I might actually go home.

Tabitha Scott: Was when I saw that many scorpions. Everybody kept saying, you might see a scorpion while you're here, so

Tabitha Scott: Just remember to put lime juice on it. If you get stung, but you probably won't see one during those months.

Tabitha Scott: And at first I was feeling like I need to treat these little critters, with respect, so I would capture them and I was horrified. I mean, we don't have them in Kentucky.

Tabitha Scott: And I would gently take them outside or scoop them out and put them on what I dubbed scorpion hill.

Tabitha Scott: And became quite the scorpion wrangler, and by the time the seventh one came. I was just so frustrated. I grabbed this giant rock and just smashed him. And then, of course, felt guilty or then a Baptist in a liquor store.

Tabitha Scott: But what I learned a really important lesson from those scorpions. I was like, Okay, what is this message, trying to teach me. They have a hard shell and I was trying to think like the snake. What's he trying to say. And I realized that I had put a really hard shell.

Tabitha Scott: Or barrier around my off all those years, and I learned the message was put up a shield instead of shield is something warriors. Take the battle.

Tabitha Scott: Put it away and they use it when they need to, and if you build a barrier, a hard shell around yourself or even around your emotions and your heart.

Tabitha Scott: You know, I couldn't even before I went to Costa Rica. I can't even tell you the last time I had cried, for example, because as a kid, you know, growing up, you don't do that, you

Tabitha Scott: You do it better and harder and faster. There isn't any such thing as mistakes. It's just stupid decisions. And so, realizing to let go of that to put that barrier down. And as soon as that epiphany came to me. I didn't see another scorpion. I took a risk it again.

Joel Goldberg: So all of this chronicled in the in the book and you just go on to Amazon or wherever you want to buy your book, you can search type of the Scottie could search trust your animal instincts and

Joel Goldberg: So many lessons learned. I mean, I, it sounds to me like you're a very introspective person to begin with. So you didn't just go there stumbling upon these lessons. I know you were looking for for these lessons. How did you come out on the other side.

Tabitha Scott: On the other side, I came out a much better person, the things that made me a very successful executive the drive that competition, the definition of success feeling like once I get there. I'll slow down. Once I get this achievement done all you know step back a bit and I realized that

Tabitha Scott: There is invented by us where we're going. As invented by us and every moment we have the choice, how to react to things.

Tabitha Scott: Everything in our lives that we put all of this pressure on ourselves. I call it the should monster.

Tabitha Scott: It occurred to me we have all of these shirts, you should act a certain way, you should follow the traditions, you were raised with

Tabitha Scott: You should be scanning, you should look like the people on TV.

Tabitha Scott: And then on the other hand, you should be a hard driver, you should not show emotion you should succeed. And so our societies, give us a lot of shows and we end up shoulding all over ourselves if we're not careful.

Tabitha Scott: And so detaching that and calling it the should monster was a big epiphany for me and also really focusing on how do I tune into that inner

Tabitha Scott: That inner intuition because coming from both the electrical renewable energy background and having professional certifications there as well as human bio field certifications and looking into

Tabitha Scott: Energetic healing ancient and modern physicist types of healing.

Tabitha Scott: I knew there had to be something there. I knew that there had to be a connection. And the more I studied quantum physics and the more I was in the jungle.

Tabitha Scott: It hit me. You know, we focus on our differences, we're grown into different families and cultures. We look different. We talked different we have different definitions of success.

Tabitha Scott: And what I learned was all of those things are outward focused and the power, the reconnection came to me.

Tabitha Scott: When I realized it's not about looking outward. It's about looking inward and when you look inward. We are all made of the exact same energy. Every plant every animal every human being and I think

Tabitha Scott: With the coronavirus pandemic. That's what we need to be thinking about is, it's not about your ethnicity, your background, your demographics. It's man. We are all the same and love is way, way more powerful hate because we all have those same roots.

Joel Goldberg: I love that too. Now, just go tell the politicians and we'll be okay. And we could we could move on with the world. That's part of what makes it so difficult. And all these differences that are

Joel Goldberg: Constantly highlighted every single day and I, and I've said this many people you could put someone that has completely different beliefs next to me.

Joel Goldberg: In my neighborhood. And I'm going to do what I can to try to find that common bond because we do have more

Joel Goldberg: Than we think I'd rather not have that neighbor that has that many differences that

Joel Goldberg: We're going to make it easier. But, you know, you got to make it work you do. You have to make it work in the workplace, you have to make it work within your family. I mean, those are the challenges.

Joel Goldberg: That we all have it, you know, as you're saying what you're saying to it.

Joel Goldberg: It makes me think, and this has been on my mind a lot lately, but here in Kansas City. We have a new manager this year. First time and you know 10 or so years.

Joel Goldberg: And he's gone against the grain on a lot of things. And he's basically said, Look, just because that's the way it's supposed to be. Because that we've determined that that's the way we do things.

Joel Goldberg: He said, I'm not going to do anything unless there's a lie and and I just

Joel Goldberg: You can you can hear in his voice and see, in his words so much that that comes out of business books, you know, from a baseball standpoint because in the end, it's still all about people managing people. So where are you at nowadays.

Joel Goldberg: beyond physical location because I know that you're involved in a lot beyond just the book.

Tabitha Scott: Right, I actually support strategy at Tractor Supply Company, which has been doing pretty well this year.

Tabitha Scott: And I lead their technology strategy. So it is a wonderful company that really supports our values and they support their team members, they've been

Tabitha Scott: Very, very caring throughout the pandemic, both to the people in the field at the retail stores and the headquarters here near the Nashville area so

Tabitha Scott: I couldn't be more blessed and thankful to work for an employer that you know that cares about things like that. And the cares about sustainability and innovation that things that I've spent my career doing

Joel Goldberg: Renewable energy. I know those are two of your favorite words. Right. Why is renewable energy. I mean, beyond the obvious of why it should be important to everyone. Why is it so important to you.

Tabitha Scott: It's important to me because one of my main mentors Dana Bowers, back in the day when I was doing electronic payments.

Tabitha Scott: She said, you know, figure out what you love to do tab and then figure out how to get paid for it and

Tabitha Scott: For me, renewable energy was a way that I could help with things that affect it that affected our health and our sustainability.

Tabitha Scott: Not from just the altruistic perspective. But from an economic perspective renewables grew at five times the rate of the regular stock index. So it was a great investment.

Tabitha Scott: We did the world's largest solar array, while I was working with the company in the last

Tabitha Scott: Decade here. And so it was accelerating something that helped families save money and helped our health with asthma, cancer, and diabetes type two now being tied to particulates in the air.

Tabitha Scott: It's important that we think about it and that shift after the jungle.

Tabitha Scott: Has been focused on renewable energy not have solar arrays, but rather have our own renewable energy and letting people know hey you were born with it. You were born with this source of renewable energy inside

Tabitha Scott: And you can still tap into it. Just figure out where your joy comes from and do more of it.

Joel Goldberg: Last question, then where do you want to see yourself in 10 years because you you strike me as a woman that that is

Joel Goldberg: Constantly evolving, we all are, but very driven and you know here. You were extremely successful in the corporate world.

Joel Goldberg: And you got out of that and you're still, you're still making it happen i mean i i just sense that you're going to be someone that's making a difference.

Joel Goldberg: whatever direction you go. So where do you where is your direction or maybe you don't even know what what do you think 10 years down the road.

Tabitha Scott: Joel I kind of take it in little life games. I try not to stress myself out with too long term.

Tabitha Scott: You know, long term commitments. That's scary. But the short term life game is to help as many people as possible, realize that they have joy and energy.

Tabitha Scott: And intuition. They can tap into at any time without agenda. You don't have to do something fancy. You don't have to pay a lot of money. I just want to from my heart to theirs.

Tabitha Scott: Say that you're not alone. You can reconnect and that they're loved

Tabitha Scott: And beyond that, I've got all sorts of ideas popping up you know now that I own a publishing company. I'd love to help other people get positive messages out into the world, because I think a lot of focus.

Tabitha Scott: Is on getting the negative out and Fear Factor out there. So maybe I can use some of the things that I'm learning with this book to get positive messages out into the world that actually lift each other up.

Joel Goldberg: So you got CEO power and potential. We've got the Tractor Supply Company.

Joel Goldberg: And the new book. So there's a lot going on. And I'm sure I'm not even hitting all of it, but for everyone that that wants to check out Tabitha powering dash potential.com and the book.

Joel Goldberg: On Amazon just search trust your animal instincts, or you can search Tabitha Scott and you'll find that, and you can get the hard copy you can get the Kindle all the stuff that we do nowadays and

Joel Goldberg: Did you get a chance to read a lot while you're in Costa Rica would imagine that there's plenty of time.

Joel Goldberg: To read, although again without a without cell service, you need to do have downloaded everything and brought all those copies with you.

Tabitha Scott: I did take a lot of books with me and I actually spent a lot of time writing. So the book is broken into three sections. The first is my background, what led up to burnout.

Tabitha Scott: The middle section is about my journey and Costa Rica and finding love again and

Tabitha Scott: And adventure. And it's interesting because it's trending now as a new release for Costa Rican travel so I didn't see that are coming

Tabitha Scott: But it was definitely an adventure. And then the third section is kind of the tabs view of physics and how all things energy are interwoven and

Tabitha Scott: How we all come together and how we could be Baptist or Methodist or Buddhist, but we're all just interests at our core

Joel Goldberg: Tab, lets get to the baseball themed questions. I know you said your basketball girl growing up, but it's not really baseball anyway. Professionally speaking in your long career in and out of the corporate world or in the jungle. What's the biggest home run. You've hit

Tabitha Scott: I'd say the biggest home run. I've hit is when we did the world's largest solar community.

Tabitha Scott: And I really enjoyed doing that, not just because that's the field that I was in, but because it was good for our business. It helped us save money. It helped them get a higher ROI on the homes that they already owned

Tabitha Scott: But it was good for the environment, and most importantly, it was good for the military families that live there. There were about 6000 families.

Tabitha Scott: At Fort Bliss and increase their energy security, if something should happen and the power go out, they are now more secure healthier environment, you know, cleaner air to breathe and then help mitigate their monthly payments so

Joel Goldberg: Very interesting. I knew that it would have something to do with energy based on on your passions and your purposes in life. Okay. Biggest swing and miss. And what did you learn from it.

Tabitha Scott: Probably the biggest swing and miss would be when I got really excited. After coming back from Costa Rica and said,

Tabitha Scott: How can I help people. And so I funded and set up a symposium for diversity and inclusion and I was so excited about it. I only planned it you know a couple months in advance and ended up funding it by myself.

Tabitha Scott: It ended up having fortune 500 companies their government leaders there and it was a great conversation, but the missed part of it was the

Tabitha Scott: The market wasn't there yet and so market timing.

Tabitha Scott: Companies weren't ready to implement it that and if you fast forward to today, companies are all thinking about diversity and inclusion and what they can do and how they can get into action. So the thing that I learned from that experience was.

Tabitha Scott: take longer to plan. Step back and assess the market and and say, Are they ready. How can they hear it because if they don't see it as relevant to them at the time that they can't get into action yet.

Joel Goldberg: And then my favorite of the baseball themed questions small ball. We all want to hit the home run. We all want to strike it big.

Joel Goldberg: But what are the little things that add up to the big things for you.

Tabitha Scott: Small ball for me is all about the habits 90% of what we do. Every day is a habit. And so, setting the habits that will keep you healthy that will make you happy over

Tabitha Scott: And sing on what you're tuning into so making drum tuning to the things that have to keep my positivity high rather than the things that are going to make me feel off balancer down

Joel Goldberg: For final questions as we round the basis. The first one, growing up. You mentioned

Joel Goldberg: Working on the farm having all those jobs, having that discipline. Hey, if you want to go and get a car then go work for it. If you're going to go to school go work for it. What was the best job you had growing up.

Tabitha Scott: The best job I had growing up was probably

Tabitha Scott: Working in the garden, we would each year plant and learn about something that went along with Kentucky agriculture, as I said, my parents were elementary school teachers.

Tabitha Scott: So we learned about the crop. We learned about what it uses were four and then sometimes I remember dad took us to the market, one year and

Tabitha Scott: Here's this guy with these two little girls, one in each hand, you know, bottom line of commercial farmers in the tobacco warehouse and they're each

Tabitha Scott: You know, getting up to the desk and day I have 100,000 pounds. I have 200,000 pounds that we had up there and said, Sir, we have 62 pounds of tobacco to sell and you know it was fun to learn all of those things and appreciate our agricultural society. I think

Joel Goldberg: Second question is around the bases and you mentioned the love of basketball. If you have to if you're growing up in Kentucky. You have no

Joel Goldberg: No choice. I won't ask you, Kentucky, or level. Well, you can answer that one, two, or maybe it's somebody else. But what was the I love asking this question. What was the scouting report of a young Tabitha Scott on the basketball court.

Tabitha Scott: Well, as you can imagine the control freak that I am, I was the point guard and so basketball is something when you're born in Kentucky that

Tabitha Scott: They make sure that you can dribble a ball before they let you out of the delivery room as a baby.

Tabitha Scott: But I am a little card doll. I come from a long line of blue bleeding Wildcat fans, though, so we've got a big mix in our family.

Tabitha Scott: In that regard, and I think basketball teaches you really important lessons in teamwork, you have to focus on what each person's strength is and then put them in a position where they can shine.

Joel Goldberg: I didn't know if it was Kentucky Louisville. Now I know that there's never any gray area there, by the way. Right. It's one. I know.

Tabitha Scott: It's Kentucky blue all the way. Oh they you kill me.

Joel Goldberg: Okay. Third question, as we round the basis

Joel Goldberg: Fear Factor. You have now dealt with scorpions, snakes, all of which would keep me up at night. I know that many others would feel the same way as a matter of fact, is we're recording this.

Joel Goldberg: We did a piece during spring training with the Royals we all, you know, I'll ask a bunch of the fun questions and put together a fun little piece for our pregame show. So we're actually

Joel Goldberg: Getting ready to air one where we asked, guys. What's your biggest fear what scares you the most you know these professional athletes that the answer. What's

Joel Goldberg: The answer was pretty much always snakes or spiders. So what scares you the most doesn't have to be scorpions. Now that you've dealt with that. I don't know. 

Tabitha Scott: It's certainly not animals. I'm also a scuba scuba diver and have done a shark dives with my sons and

Tabitha Scott: The scariest thing in the world is eight and judgment and

Tabitha Scott: I tell people you know when you're busy spending all the time, pointing their finger at everyone else and blaming them for what's wrong in their lives.

Tabitha Scott: They need to realize there are three of those fingers pointing back at themselves and so when I'm scared. Most of it is that people will not educate

Tabitha Scott: Themselves beyond the paradigm that either they were raised in or maybe the people at work or on the golf course think. And that scares the heck out of me because there's a lot of understanding in educating yourself and realizing that we have more in common than we do differences.

Joel Goldberg: Love that. Alright, so that's a, that's a true fear.

Joel Goldberg: I’ll still throw the snakes in there, personally, except for like the little garden snakes, but

Tabitha Scott: That's okay period and the snakes, to be honest, because I'd seen a snake before growing up, but never a scorpion. It was horrifying. Got it. Do you ever get used to them.

Tabitha Scott: Oh, no, no. I like that fear we fear. Every day I saw one they were they were in the hello case the towels and I mean it was awful. Can I just ask my editor Colleen to edit that part out. It's going to give people nightmares know, leave it in Cali okay

Joel Goldberg: That scares the living daylights out of me. And so that leads to my last question, the walk off question.

Joel Goldberg: If someone were to tell you right now.

Joel Goldberg: You know what tab. We're dropping you back in that same spot for the next three months. Could you do it.

Tabitha Scott: In a heartbeat. I'm ready. Let's go.

Joel Goldberg: So you loved it. You loved every minute of it. Then

Tabitha Scott: But the scorpions were a brief two days, it was a brilliant visit the people there are lovely. The, the volcanoes. The hiking the monkeys, the interaction that I had with them and the wildlife. The birds and butterflies. It was absolutely spectacular and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Joel Goldberg: Well, something tells me that at some point that might actually indeed happened. So really fascinating stuff. I want to encourage everyone again to

Joel Goldberg: To check out the book. You can find it on Amazon on trust your animal instincts or search for Tabitha, Scott. And you can also see

Joel Goldberg: Everything else about what she's doing. And about her at powering dash potential.com

Joel Goldberg: Tabitha, thanks for being on of the basis live. Thanks for being on this episode of rounding the bases. I don't feel any stronger.

Joel Goldberg: In my fears of things like snakes and certainly scorpions. Now, but if anything were to ever come up, I would want you with me and I'll just let you handle those scorpions. I mean even even killed one

Tabitha Scott: Take care of it. Thank you so much for having me. This has been an absolute pleasure and I love listening to your podcast, I'm going to share it with all of my friends will shout out to Shanta logged into for connecting us

Joel Goldberg: Otherwise, we may or may not have met tap. Thanks so much, and good luck with everything I you don't need the lock, but I know that that you've got a lot going on. So congrats on the success and much more to come.

Tabitha Scott: Thanks so much Joel take care

Joel Goldberg:  all right that's tab at the Scott. My name is Joel Goldberg. You can reach me

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