Fearless Success — John Gucci Foley

Bill Gallagher

Today’s conversation is all about being awesome, and there is no better teacher than John “Gucci” Foley, the legendary former solo pilot for The Blue Angels who flew in the original movie Top Gun,
who continues to inspire organizations to High Performance through a GLAD TO BE HERE mindset, operational excellence, team improvement, and high trust!


John is one of the Top 10 most sought-after keynote speakers and trainers on leadership, high performance, teamwork, trust, and a GLAD TO BE HERE mindset!


From the night he watched the first moon landing in 1969 and the visceral energy he felt at his first air show, John knew from an early age that he was meant to be in the sky. Over time his dreams turned from astronaut to lead solo pilot, with a stop in college football along the way. 


There is a huge difference between having a vision and executing it. Success happens when you are able to keep a dream alive, formulate a plan, and act on it consistently over time in a way that turns your dreams into success.


Obstacles are an inevitable part of every success story. Resilience is key, and success is much more likely to happen when you are able to get others to buy into your vision as well. Don’t just dream about your success, surround yourself with a team who also believes in your dream.


John’s life has been filled with failed attempts and pivoting plans and the lessons he has learned along the way. He shares his stories of flying for Top Gun, misfiring a missile, and the many points at which he had to advance fearlessly to reach his goals.


Too many leaders don’t perform at their full potential, they perform at their belief level. Leveling up is essential for fearless leaders, and that performance will either be enhanced or limited by the beliefs we have in ourselves. If you are willing to meet your obstacles head-on, fearless success is guaranteed to come your way.


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John “Gucci” Foley

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