Finding That North Star - Interview With Scott McGimpsey

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Published Jul 5, 2022, 11:00 PM

Scott was dealt a hard hand in his youth, but after he “graduated” from foster care when he was 18, he started on the path that led him to becoming first a personal trainer and then a motivational coach and the creation of his Bend not Break program. He shares his past from an authentic and vulnerable place because he wants to help others who may have hard beginnings and don’t know how to start improving things for themselves. A turning point for him was the birth of his daughter, Lexi, who is the guiding light for his purpose in life; he wants her to see that he will never give up. I found our conversation to be very powerful and inspiring, I think you will too. 



  • Forgiveness of others can help free you from the anger that keeps you frozen in place and unable to accomplish your dreams
  • You need to feel your feelings and be where you are, but put boundaries in place so that you don’t stay in those dark places. Take breaks, step back, nurture yourself. 
  • You need to figure out how to fill your own well so that you are operating from a place of prosperity. 
  • Trust yourself when you feel like something doesn’t feel right. Listen to those internal guideposts and rather than trying to disconnect from those feelings, try and figure out how to resolve them.



  • “There are constantly things that stress us or that push us to our limits –  that make us feel that we want to give up. And I mean, I was a testament to that; there were four different times where I was literally five minutes away from just…tapping out. And it was the people around me that supported me and gave me that hope and saw my potential. And that's the kind of mental part of it as well. So I wanted to do something that was done for me… to help other people.”
  • “I guess what sets me apart is…I can see people and that's something that I guess came from my life experience and constantly watching. And I think that [makes] people feel valued. I think once you're straight with people, you're empathetic, and you're able to actually show a genuine interest and are able to help people.”
  • “I need to have those little circuit breakers; I started to call them circuit breakers after COVID –  I need to have those things in my life to reinvigorate me and to do things for me. Self-care is not selfish.”
  • “It's just very liberating to know who you are, why you're doing what you're doing, and the life that you want to live.”



Scott spent most of his childhood in foster care. He lost his mother to alcohol addiction and his father to a broken heart a few years later. Scott always loved being active and athletic, so he began to train to be a personal trainer, but soon found he needed to do more than just PT, so he began to study more and take steps to become a motivational and life coach. His life experiences and passion for holistic fitness inspired him to create the Bend Not Break program, which enables him to take select clients through exercise and nutrition plans to help them blow through their own obstacles. 

Scott lives in Belfast with his reason for being, his seven-year-old daughter, Lexi. 



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The ‘Mighty Pete Lonton’ from the ‘Mighty 247’ company is your main host of ‘Fire in The Belly’. 

Pete is an entrepreneur, mentor, coach, property Investor, and father of three beautiful girls. Pete’s background is in project management and property, but his true passion is the ‘Fire in The Belly’ project itself. His mission is to help others find their potential and become the mightiest version of themselves. Pete openly talks about losing both of his parents, suffering periods of depression, business downturn and burn-out, and ultimately his years spent not stoking ‘Fire in the Belly’. In 2017, at 37 years of age that changed, and he is now on a journey of learning, growing, accepting, and inspiring others.

Pete can connect with people and intuitively asks questions to reveal a person’s passion and discover how to live their mightiest life. The true power of ‘Fire in The Belly’ is the Q&A’s - Questions and Actions section. 

The ‘Fire in The Belly’ brand and the programme is rapidly expanding into podcasts, seminars, talks, business workshops, development courses, and rapid results mentoring.



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