In today’s episode, our guests are John Lee Cronin and Mark X. Cronin, father and son and Founder of John’s Crazy Socks. John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by Co-Founder John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome. They have a social mission and a retail mission, and they are indivisible. Every day, they demonstrate what people with differing abilities can do. And today, they are going to share with us they started their business and giving awareness about down syndrome
[6:34] Why should we listen to you?
How to be told knucklehead towards selling socks. I tried to change the world. It’s our particular story. We can tell you how out of and about awareness to Down syndrome. And you got to hear how he took what could have been a problem and turned it into an opportunity.
[7:10] Story about Down Syndrome
When John was born, his parents didn’t know he would be born with Down syndrome. Before he was three months old, he needed open-heart surgery. He needed what was tantamount to intestinal bypass surgery and acquired a Catholic priest to baptize him yet because we did not know if he would survive the operation. It’s like an old-fashioned Chinese menu, except you don’t get to pick and choose.
[9:00] The Kennedy Foundation now wants to work with startups and entrepreneurs that are innovating in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our 30% of people born with Down syndrome, born with significant heart defects. We did not know if he would survive the operation. What chance that a baby born with those medical issues have? And the answer is he could grow up to change the world.
[11:40] What John’s really good at
Everybody you meet has some particular strength and ability. Everybody has some beauty. You have to see through. So I’ll give you a couple of concrete examples where it’s Friday. We were up on Cape Cod. At least three companies were presenting, and John blew everybody away. He’s a great speaker who speaks from his heart.
[13:54] The county executive out here came in for a visit. He wanted to know what our business was about how he could help us. And when he finished, he said, I want to give you a proclamation. And he had from McAfee, and he had his photographer there. And the county executive read the proclamation and handed it to John.
[16:34] Starting the business
We screwed up all three equally, but this particular thing started back in the fall of 2016, and where we knew I enter as I haven’t had to give up my last year. Throughout the United States, if you have a differing ability, you’re identified as having a disability. You can stay in the public school system until you turn 21, but they say, “Get out.” Like everybody else, John tried to figure out what he will do when he’s done with school? And what were you looking at?
[20:16] Mark figured if he loved the socks that much, indeed other people did too. And we can find our tribe. We’re bootstrapping. So you got to make do with what you had. The only marketing we did was to set up a Facebook page.
[27:58] What promise did God make to the world when He created you?
Appreciate what you have, and you learn more about what we do for others, the better off we are.
[11:42-11:47] “Focus on what people can do. Not what they can’t do.”
[22:43-22:51] “What’s our mission stay having this spread and happen. Everything we do is designed to spread happiness.”
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