Meet the Speaker: Scott Zucker
We recently asked Scott a few questions so you can get to know one of our CTRL + ALT + DEL speakers. Check it out…
What is your passion?
My family. Nothing is more important than the ability to love others and to have others love you back. That feeling is the essence of why I care about my TED topic. The creation of “ethical wills” or “love letters” is a tangible way to capture family histories, share lessons learned and convey messages of hopes and dreams for future generations. I believe that the gift of an ethical will is more meaningful and purposeful then the bequest of money at the end of a person’s life.
How did you decide to pursue your current career?
I am a commercial litigation attorney. I started practicing in 1987. I studied political science in college and initially thought that I would pursue a path into politics and government service. I worked initially with the Department of Justice. But I eventually found myself motivated to become a trial attorney so I could advocate for others. My career has been focused on working with individuals and companies to help them solve their problems, using the law as either my shield or my sword.
What did you learn about yourself during the process of preparing your talk?
It’s one thing to talk about these types of topics with your family and friends, it’s another to open yourself up and share your beliefs and passions with a large live audience or future YouTube viewers. I learned that expressing yourself, with the goal of inspiring others, is not so easy. Each of us will listen with a different perspective of what is important to them. So, what means a lot to me, may not necessarily impact the person who listens to my talk. I’ve come to accept the fact that even if I connect with only one person who hears my talk, it’s well worth the effort to present.
What drives you in challenging times?
Life is a journey. I’ve long since recognized that no one escapes the rigors of what life has to offer no matter where you live, what you do for a living or who you pray to. It’s not easy, but when challenged I always go back to my fundamental acceptance; we’ve each been given a gift of life without any guarantees. If you can surround yourself with people that you love and love you back, you can survive the ups and downs that life will bring. If you have that type of support, you can weather all challenges.