EP 42 – It’s Either Me or The Job – Officer Scott Medlin
I came across this week's guest, Officer Scott Medlin, on LinkedIn. After reading his posts and seeing his interest with a subject that I have been trying to better educate myself on, “mental health in law enforcement, I reached out to Scott.
This was a great interview! Scott opened up about how PTSD has affected his life and some of the things he has done to help him better cope.
ABOUT THE GUEST:
- Scott Medlin has 13 years in the law enforcement profession,
- He has served in the Marines,
- He the author of two books…. “101 Health Tips for Police Officer” & “Mental Health Fight of the Heroes in Blue”,
- He's a certified speaker,
- And he's a mental wellness advocate for first responders
01:48 – Lead Off Question: My lead off question is always, “Why law enforcement”. Hear as Scott shares the story of as a kid, he watched a suspicious man, casing his neighbor's home and how safe he felt when the responding officers arrived. Scott shares, how he wanted to give that same feeling to others.
Scott also talks about his battle with PTSD and how it was the reason, he decided to write the two books.
16:53 Dig Deeper: This is where I pick several posts from the guest's social media and form questions around those posts.
POST – FB: Quote from Jocko WIllink
“Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.”
- What keeps you motivated to get up everyday and keep fighting?
- What area of your life are you most disciplined in?
- What area of your life are you less disciplined in?
POST: – FB: Encouraging tip of the day:
“The job can suck the life out of you if you are not careful. The internal threat can be just as real as the external threats.”
- Did the job suck the life out of you at some point?
- Was there a particular event or moment that caused it to happen?
- How did you come to the realization that this was occurring?
- How did you overcome it?
- What’s 3 tips you can give for someone to avoid this having to them?
POST: – LinkedIn: You commented on a post made by Daniel Abrahams his post caption read
“If you're not making mistakes, you're not making anything.”
- What’s the biggest mistake you have made in life?
32:10 – Random Seven: Here I use an app to create 7 totally random questions. Here's the list of questions I asked Brian:
- If you could say anything to one person in your life without consequences, what would it be?
- What would you do with a million dollars?
- If you were able to live the rest of your life with either the body or mind of a 30 year old, which would you choose?
- What makes you lose track of time?
- If you were reincarnated as an animal based on your personality, what animal do you think you would come back as?
- If you could know the truth behind any one secret or mystery, what would it be?
- If you could be a character from any movie, who would it be?
42:01 – This or That: This is my “Rapid fire” round. I give the guest two topics and they have to select one over the other.
- Spontaneous or planner
- Freckles or dimples
- Pizza: round or square
- Mechanical or Technical
- Bathtub or shower
- People person or animal lover
- Gift cards or actual gifts
- Lone wolf or wolf pack
- Leather jacket or hoodie
- Sense of humor or sense of style
FOLLOW OFFICER SCOTT MEDLIN:
If you or someone you know in law enforcement are struggling to cope with the stresses of the job, please share this post with them. This is a link to my Law Enforcement mastermind, that will help officers from unknowing causing damage to their mental health and personal relationships. LEARN MORE