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Blind Ambition

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Blind Ambition

How to Go from Victim to Visionary

HarperCollins Leadership,

15 min read
8 take-aways
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Blind business executive Chad Foster explains how you can turn your greatest disadvantage into a unique strength.

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  • Visionary
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


Chad Foster’s story is one of remarkable courage and determination. Though he lost his vision in college, Foster became the first blind person to graduate from the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. He succeeded in scaling the corporate ladder to become a top finance and sales executive. Foster believes his blindness – which he considers a gift – made him the successful person he is today. Foster’s autobiography offers valuable life lessons about how to overcome personal disadvantages and turn them into competitive strengths.


Chad Foster suffers from a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa. He lost his eyesight before his 21st birthday.

In 1996, not long before his 21st birthday, Chad Foster went permanently blind.  Due to the genetic condition retinitis pigmentosa, Foster’s eyesight had been deteriorating since he was a small child. 

Prior to his full blindness, Foster lived a largely normal life. Still, at times, particularly when reading, Foster found his vision reduced to an indecipherable “sea of black and white bubbles.” Though these attacks became more frequent as he entered his teens, thanks to determination and hard work, Foster became an excellent student in high school, and competed on his school’s soccer and wrestling teams.

After high school, Foster attended the University of Tennessee (UT). He studied biology and chemistry with the goal of becoming a medical professional. But as Foster’s vision deteriorated further, he realized this goal wasn’t practical. Rather than succumb to feelings of hopelessness, Foster switched his studies to business administration and began the herculean task of adjusting to life as ...

About the Author

Red Hat executive Chad E. Foster is a motivational keynote speaker, finance leader and inspirational change agent. 

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    P. G. getAbstract 1 year ago
    What an inspiring man, outstanding and built on great morals in life. We need more Chad Fosters in the world!

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