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Sandy Scott had it all:

A beautiful country home, a successful husband, and the freedom to be a stay-at-home mom.

Then the news crashed down on her like a Tsunami: her infant son Zachary not only had severe brain damage but probably wouldn’t live past his first birthday. As denial gave way to despair and grief, Sandy looked out over the new, strange world her family suddenly found themselves thrown into, and wondered if they would ever know happiness again.

But it was in the very challenges that Zachary’s condition presented to her that she discovered a whole new level of compassion among others as well as her own inner resources. She eventually took on greater roles in the disability community and found her calling as a life coach.

In Lessons from Zachary, Sandy shares the knowledge and insights she gained through her own personal journey of discovery and overcoming obstacles, showing us how to use our strengths to navigate life’s difficult situations to find meaning and lasting fulfillment. Scattered throughout her moving story are multiple useful tools from life coaching—Life Wheel, checklists, Miracle Question, and others—to help us develop our unknown potential. 


What people are saying about Lessons from Zachary:

"There is no better story to role-model how a coaching mindset can transform difficult life situations into a radically fulfilling life." 


Marshall Goldsmith

World's #1 Leadership Thinker, #1 NYT Best-selling Author, Professor of Management Practice at Dartmouth Tuck


Sandy has experienced many challenges. Instead of becoming hardened and angry, she has learned and she has thrived.  Lessons from Zachary doesn’t just tell a story, it sends a powerful message of hope, possibility and encouragement as we walk through our own unexpected challenges.”

Linda Miller

Global Liaison of Coaching Ken Blanchard Companies. Author of Coaching in Organizations: Best Coaching Practices from the Ken Blanchard Company

Sandy's story reminds us that contrary to what most of us believe, happiness does not simply happen to us.  It's something that we make happen, and it results from our doing our best."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Worlds’ leading researcher on positive psychology.  Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and 120 other books, articles or book chapters. Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management of Claremont Graduate University

5 Week LIVE Course: Lessons from Zachary

Learn about Sandy's leadership journey and become curious about your own.  Reignite passion for your role as a professional.

Deepen your own learning of how to be even more effective in working with your clients through a 5-week course which focuses on the 4 sections of the book and concludes with an individual session to identify next meaningful steps for each participant.

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Sandy shares her powerful story based upon solid research in the coaching industry, teaching us how to navigate difficult situations and live meaningful lives.”


LeAnn Thieman

 Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Inspiration for Nurses


“This inspiring story by Scott, sends an amazing message of hope to parents who are raising children with disabilities.  Her journey demonstrates that through persistence, strength, dedication, and love, nothing is impossible!”

Dr. Sue Cornbluth, Nationally Recognized Parenting Expert, TV Contributor, Radio Host & Author of The Best Selling Book, Building Self-Esteem in Children and Teens Who Are Adopted Or Fostered.