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Scott Patrick Carson Explores Bouncing Back From Failures



Scott Patrick Carson

Scott Patrick Carson is the Founder and CEO of Powered by, the global leader in the distribution of medical aesthetic devices. Carson began his career working in the automotive resale market, where he gained extensive insight into the restoration and distribution of used automobiles and parts. After shifting his focus to the medical supply industry, he instinctively noticed an untapped market for redeployed medical equipment. Scott Patrick Carson was able to transfer the knowledge he accumulated from the automotive industry, and apply it to launching the first-ever online company to resell new and used healthcare devices. He is determined to raise industry standards by improving access to patient care, lowering costs, and enhancing quality. Today, is proud to be the largest online reseller of aesthetic capital medical equipment, parts, and services in the world.

Aside from managing his growing business, Scott Patrick Carson is dedicated to giving back to the community through his scholarship program and other charitable initiatives. Carson launched his scholarship program in January of this year with the intent of easing students’ access to higher education amidst ever-rising tuition costs. He also feels passionate about education as a means of helping individuals reach their full potential. As such, Scott Patrick Carson’s scholarship program awards two scholarships of $1,000 USD to students currently enrolled at a college or university within Canada or the U.S.


How do you stay productive throughout the day?

“I have learned how to compartmentalize to maximize productivity. I start my day off by focusing on my most important tasks when I am feeling highly alert and motivated. During this time, I make sure to detach myself from any outside distractions like text messages, emails, or my favorite podcasts. I allot a certain amount of time to each task and try my best to stick to a schedule, focusing on one priority at a time. It takes a lot of practice to be able to drown out all those other disruptions, but once you learn to master it, it will change the way you approach work.”


As an entrepreneur, what is one habit you developed that you believe has attributed to your success?

“When I first entered the workforce, I wasn’t confident enough to ask for the things I wanted. As a result, I struggled to achieve the outcomes I desired. As I gained experience, I started asking for the resources I felt I deserved. More often than not, I was pleasantly surprised by the responses I received. I believe that being transparent has helped me get to the position I am in today.”

What is one thing you believe all leaders should do?

 “As a leader, I have learned to celebrate small team members’ progress and not just the big pinnacle moments. It is important to recognize your teams’ accomplishments, regardless of how much work is still left to do. I have found that moving onto the next phase of a project before properly acknowledging the group’s efforts can lead to decreased morale. By taking a moment to celebrate your teams’ achievements, employees will feel appreciated and motivated to continue to work hard.”

What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned?

“Failure is good. I believe most people automatically associate failure as being inherently negative. From my personal experiences with failure, I have learned that it can help pinpoint where things went wrong.  More is learned through failure or failure’s lessons than success.  You can use your shortfalls as an opportunity to re-evaluate the decisions you made and ensure you don’t make the same mistakes in the future. The most important detail to remember is that failure is not fatal.”


Do you have any tips for readers on how to cope with failures in business?

 “It is important to avoid a victim-mentality. Many people respond to failure by blaming others for their mistakes or through believing that the universe is out to get them. When we start to take responsibility for our failures, we can more quickly move past them and regain confidence in our abilities. Simply said, we create the most outcomes in our lives.  Both good and bad.  Each failure we experience teaches a valuable lesson and allows us to develop resilience. The more you learn to step outside your comfort zone, the more likely you are to face failure and realize it isn’t that bad after all.”


What made you decide to start a scholarship program?

 “I have always been a firm believer in equal access to opportunity. However, education and tuition costs have reached an all-time high making it increasingly difficult for students to obtain higher education. There seem to be several factors affecting the cost of education, including growing attendance, a wider range of facilities, increased financial aid, lack of government funding, limited faculty members, and enhanced student services. By helping to minimize their financial burden, I can play a small part in empowering youth to build a stronger and brighter future.”


How did you choose this year’s scholarship winners?

 “Choosing two winners is a difficult task as I would love nothing more than to be able to award scholarships to every student that takes the time to apply. We ask applicants to submit a 500-word essay explaining their program of study, the career they hope to secure after graduation, and how the scholarship funds will help them reach their goal. My selection committee and I try to identify standout applicants that exemplify drive, commitment, and a passion for learning.”


Do you partake in any other charitable initiatives within your community?


Being in the medical supply industry, I understand the high costs associated with medical care. I try to do my part in giving back to the community whenever I can by supporting families and communities that have sustained traumatic or life-altering events.”

What is one quote that inspires you?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt


Key Learnings:

  • Learning how to compartmentalize will help you achieve higher levels of productivity.
  • Get in the habit of asking for the things you want, and you may be surprised by the outcome you receive.
  • Failing is beneficial because it can help you realize what is standing in the way of your success.
  • There is nothing quite as rewarding as giving back to the community and helping improve the lives of others.

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