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.
In the field as part of his master’s degree in social work, John saw this scenario play out repeatedly. To his surprise, he discovered that many people subconsciously substitute personal improvement with systems to support their perceived limitations. As an advisor and speaker, John also witnessed this resistant mindset operate in all sort of companies. He repeatedly heard leaders complain about how difficult is to motivate their people.
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.
John’s 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 1993, the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) recognized John as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans." With this prestigious award, the Jaycees proudly spot young leaders before they achieve their greatest accomplishment.
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.
Today, John resides in his native town of Breese, Illinois with his wife, Christine, and daughter, Faith Teresa.
While the sight of how he tackles life with his toes will amaze you, once you hear his message, you will not be looking at him—you will be looking at yourself!