“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” That simple quote from Greek philosopher Epictetus originated thousands of years ago yet still resonates with us today. And Scott MacDonald truly embodies everything that simple phrase stands for.
When we are young we all have goals, plans, and dreams for the path we see our lives taking. MacDonald was no different, but as a young kid ready to venture out into the world, drag racing was definitely not on the horizon. No, that would not come until years later.
America’s Favorite Pastime: Baseball.
As a high school senior, MacDonald found himself a national recruit with scholarship offers rolling in. One more season and he was off to chase his dreams. Unfortunately for Scott, a torn rotator cuff would result in those off ers being withdrawn and would all but derail his opportunity at a promising baseball career. Instead of focusing on what might have been, he chose to enjoy the opportunity to play ball at one of the country’s top five junior colleges. MacDonald has never forgotten his love of the game. His jersey hangs framed in his office today and his high school would later honor him by retiring his number.
Serving His Country in the U.S. Navy At the age of 22, MacDonald enlisted in the Navy, where he would ultimately be stationed at Virginia Beach. There was something special about the bonds he formed among the men he served with, the comradere they shared was like nothing Scott had ever known. These were the men who would have your back no matter what, and they became like family.
MacDonald made it his mission to be accepted to the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) program, a goal he would ultimately accomplish.
“I worked my butt off to be accepted to that EOD program. I thought that would be the hardest thing I would do in life, little did I know…”
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