Spreading Happiness…One Sock at a Time
John Cronin was born with Down’s Syndrome, but as he says, “Down’s Syndrome never holds me back.” He always wanted to form a business. After a couple of failed ideas, he and his father formed, “John’s Crazy Socks.” They sell 1,500 different types of socks. In their first year, they grossed 1.4 million dollars. If you order a pair of socks, you get a hand-written thank you note from John. If you live in the Long Island area, John personally delivers the socks. His company employs 12 employees, most of whom have a disability. They even donate 5% of their profits to the Special Olympics. In John’s words, “We are spreading happiness.”
Joe’s Perspective: Totally inspired. 1) John inspires me as a person because he found a way to turn his passion into a business, 2) John shows us all what is possible through his example of overcoming his disability, 3) he continues in the American way by creating jobs for others and 4) he donates a portion of his proceeds to a charity of his choice. What’s not to love?
Your Turn: What does this story inspire you to achieve in your own life?