Failures make up one’s success — that has always been established. But in the face of shortcomings, pain, challenges, and mistakes, it is easy to forget that humans are wired to bounce back and learn from their experiences. It does not help that other people can give support and then confirm one’s deepest fears and insecurities in the same breath.
Robert Foster, a successful entrepreneur, award-winning athlete, a single father of five children, and an inspirational speaker, is intimate with the words no and never. Foster was told that he could never run or jump again after suffering from a terrible knee injury. He was told that he was not capable of being an entrepreneur. And he was told that he might not amount to something.
An icon of hard work, resilience, and hope, Foster proved everyone wrong and inspired thousands of people in the process. He is now tuned into by countless people worldwide who are seeking to know how one could triumph over life’s challenges. Foster’s answer is straightforward: Forget what you have been told about your dreams being impossible. Accept your mistakes and any problem you may face for what they are but put in the work necessary to achieve your goals.
That answer has governed Foster’s own life. And by embodying the #IGNORETHENEVER philosophy, Foster achieved incredible heights. He was able to run and jump again. In fact, he became the current world record holder in the 100-meter category at the TGA, a six-time gold medalist in the Transplant Games, and will represent Team USA in the 2021 World Transplant Games. Foster has completed over one hundred and thirty obstacle races and ran a half marathon, and a Spartan Ultra.
By believing in himself and forsaking all the background noise telling him he will fail, Foster built a multiple six-figure business, RBF Fitness and Nutrition. RBF Fitness and Nutrition is a two-time Best of RI winner and a wellness platform that helps busy moms and dad gain confidence in their bodies again. Foster is not only dominating the commercial space, but he is also helping thousands of men and women shed weight with his provision of quality fitness classes and high-end gym.
Foster has not kept this life-changing philosophy to himself. Over the last eleven years, he has used his powerful voice to speak in schools, businesses, and organizations on subjects like finding purpose, overcoming the fear of failure, and socio-emotional learning in schools. Foster has banked on his experiences as a single father to five children, a once-injured athlete, a kidney donor to his sister, and an entrepreneur to empower parents into taking control of their lives and regaining their long-lost hopes in life. He also reaches out to students to talk about the importance of chasing after their dreams and not giving up in their pursuits for a better future.
His life has been one strong testimony to the strength of the human spirit. And Foster’s statement is so inspiring that crowds who arrive to listen to him usually find themselves moved to tears and encouraged to find their purpose.