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Chazz Scott (he/him)

Chazz joined Momma on December 18, 2023 live on Twitch to talk about Using Optimism to Build Mental Resilience

About Chazz

Chazz Scott is an author, speaker, mindset and resilience coach. He is the founder of Supra Mentem, a consulting firm specializing in training leaders in peak performance, well-being, and sustainable success. His clients include the D.C. Hospital Association, the Maryland Association of Election Officials, and the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce.

Chazz is the Executive Director of Positively Caviar, Inc., a nonprofit focused on using optimism to build resilience and disrupt youth mental health stigmas. He lives with his wife in the Washington D.C. area.

Chazz is the author of his latest book, Success Starts Within: Achieve Your Potential Through Radical Self-Care, which seeks to bridge the gap between wellness and accomplishment by illuminating a simple principle: our outward success is only as viable as our inner well-being.

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Episode Summary

Dive into practical strategies for building mental resilience through optimism with Chazz Scott on Even Tacos Fall Apart - an essential listen for anyone seeking to fortify their mindset and navigate life's challenges with strength and positivity.

Key Takeaways:

In the insightful interview with Chazz Scott, the focus was on exploring how optimism can significantly contribute to building mental resilience. Chazz, drawing from his personal experiences and professional expertise, provided a nuanced perspective on cultivating positivity amidst life's challenges.

The discussion began by acknowledging that optimism isn't just about maintaining a positive outlook; rather, it involves actively shaping your thoughts and mindset. Chazz emphasized that optimism can be learned and developed over time through deliberate practices such as meditation, yoga and personalized daily routines. These practices not only help in managing stress but also foster a mindset that is resilient in the face of adversity.

A key takeaway from the conversation was the importance of tailoring these approaches to different age groups and situations. Chazz highlighted the need to be mindful of individual differences and preferences, ensuring that strategies for enhancing resilience resonate with each person's unique circumstances.

Throughout the interview, Chazz emphasized the role of daily habits in promoting mental well-being. He discussed how simple activities like breathwork exercises can effectively calm the mind and enhance overall psychological state. By integrating these practices into daily routines, you can better manage stress and maintain a more optimistic outlook.

Another significant theme was the intersection of skepticism and self-help practices. Chazz acknowledged the importance of approaching personal development strategies with a healthy dose of skepticism, while also advocating for the value of research and personal experience in validating their effectiveness.

The conversation touched upon the societal stigma surrounding mental health. Chazz passionately advocated for creating safe spaces and removing stigmas to encourage open discussions about mental health issues. He underscored the importance of folks feeling empowered to seek help without fear of judgment, emphasizing that mental well-being is a journey that requires support and understanding.

Towards the end of the interview, Chazz shared insights from his book "Success Starts Within," where he redefines success as inner well-being rather than external achievements. He encouraged listeners to explore his book as a resource for combating burnout, stress, and redefining their personal definitions of success.

This interview with Chazz Scott provided a comprehensive exploration of how optimism can be harnessed to build mental resilience. From practical strategies like daily routines and breathwork exercises to broader themes of societal stigma and self-help skepticism, Chazz's insights offered a holistic perspective on fostering a resilient mindset. His emphasis on personal development, positive thinking and creating supportive environments resonated deeply, making it clear that building mental resilience is not only possible but also essential for navigating life's challenges with optimism and strength.


Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you   

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!