Born without arms, John Foppe understands firsthand the difficult gaps between
envisioning an outcome and achieving it. He once led a miserable, dependent, and
limited existence. At ten-years-old, for example, he couldn't put his own pants on.
Today, he operates his own company, travels the world, runs a large non-profit
agency, and he is a husband and father.
John has learned that a person's ability to do something is not dependent on having all sorts of ability, time, and money. Instead, making something happen has more to do with one's personal sense of value and ability to cast a vision.
John has addressed this common performance challenge through years of research, clinical study and field testing, which ultimately led to the discovery of the primary cause of failed vision execution. In light of this important, personally-significant discovery, he has developed a variety of solutions to help individuals and leaders overcome their exasperation and translate their visions into outcomes.
Johnís career in motivation began when his compelling story and methods caught the attention of the legendary Zig Ziglar, who broke his long-standing rule of promoting from within and recruited and mentored John.
In 1995, John launched a successful corporate motivation business, Visionary Velocity Worldwide, that has taken him to over 25 countries, pro-football organizations like the Miami Dolphins, and to Fortune 500 clients such as Boeing, GE, and State Farm and international companies such as Fortis, ST Microelectronics, and UniCredit. He is the author of What's Your Excuse? Making the Most of What You Have, which has been translated into six foreign languages.
In the non-profit world, John has put his leadership and motivation skills to work helping the less fortunate by earning a masters degree in Social Service from Saint Louis University and serving as the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul - St. Louis Council. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate in Humanities and Public Service from Saint Louis University.
His mission is to help people courageously voice the unexpressed, listen to the ignored and see the possibilities.