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The Crossman Conversation

If You Can Help Someone Get Ahead, You Should

When I talked with U. S. Senator Rick Scott, I skipped the “gotcha” part of the political interview.

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In today’s divisive political climate, it’s hard to find the middle ground. It can be even harder to remember that the person on the other side is not the enemy but is a human being that you likely have a lot in common with.

When U.S. Senator Rick Scott was my guest on The Crossman Conversation, we didn’t have the standard political interview. We didn’t talk about politics or policies, and I didn’t ask any “gotcha” questions. I wanted my listeners to get to know the man, so we talked about what we want for our children and our country, and how we can build bridges to get there.

Full disclosure: Senator Scott is a friend of mine. When he was governor of Florida, he and the state legislature designated the rail bridge over South Orlando Avenue (U.S. 17–92) in Winter Park the Rev. Kenneth C. Crossman Bridge in a tribute to my father.

Rick Scott was born to a single mother, never knew his father, and lived in public housing as a youngster. Yet he grew up to be a multimillionaire business leader before jumping into public service. He served two terms as Florida’s governor before being elected to the Senate in 2019.

“If you can help somebody get ahead, help them,” he said.

I serve on the Board of Trustees for Bethune-Cookman University, so I asked Senator Scott to share his thoughts on Mary McCloud Bethune, whose statue was recently installed in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, DC. He said:

“Young African American women were not getting the education they should have. She took it into her own hands and started [the school that would become Bethune-Cookman University]. Did she have a lot of money? No. But she said, ‘I’m going to figure this out’ and she did. People that are so committed to somebody else’s success are so impressive.”

His years in business and government could have made him cynical, but he’s not. “I believe that people have an interest in helping other people,” he said. “I’m optimistic about the future, I’m optimistic about our country. The goal is not that you have the power, the goal is that you get a good result.”

And he wants to hear from you. He said, “Give me your ideas and get involved in the political process, whatever you believe, because if you get involved, you’ll learn so much and we’ll elect better people.”

To listen to my conversation with Senator Rick Scott, go to:

To listen to my conversation with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick James Morrisey and New Jersey State Senator Troy Singleton, go to:



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John Crossman

John Crossman


John Crossman is a consultant, speaker, author of Career Killers Career Buildings, and host of The Crossman Conversation podcast.