John Robinson was born without arms or legs. Be sure to listen to the interview with this incredibly inspiring man. If you are an employer, or you also have a disability, PLEASE contact Our Ability to work with them.
I had the immense pleasure of interviewing him for my Journey To Success Radio show.
John is a motivational/inspirational speaker. He has been from Australia to the White House discussing the Obstacles he has Overcome! He has spoken to Fortune 500 Corporations and to high school students.
He can speak, with authority, to audiences about Overcoming Obstacles in Life, Businesses or Sales!
John is the subject of a national documentary shown on Public Broadcasting Stations titled Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story. He also authored the autobiography Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination published by Syracuse University Press.
He has been married for over fifteen years and has three children. In 2001, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany, New York on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games.
John graduated from The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He has lived in Toronto, Ontario; Manchester, New Hampshire; Syracuse, New York and now Albany, New York.
Growing up, John Robinson never considered himself an inspiration to others. He was born a congenital amputee and stands three foot eight as an adult.
Although he has no extension of his arms or legs, he has not been limited in his career or in his personal life.
After graduating from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, he went on to work for NBC affiliates in upstate New York and today is the director of corporate support for WMHT, the public broadcasting television station in Albany.
Robinson's success did not come easily. From learning how to dress himself after going away to college, to making new friends and feeling accepted, he struggled to come to terms with his disability and make a life on his own.
Although his journey may not be considered 'normal', he does not see this as an obstacle, but as an opportunity to succeed and to understand the meaning of responsibility.
Robinson writes in an honest, personal voice, showing that a disability does not have to get in the way of an education, a career, a family, or one of his favorite hobbies, golf. "Get Off Your Knees" is a touching story and, as Robinson says, is for 'anyone who feels they need inspiration, whether it be an individual with a mental or physical disability, parents of children with disabilities, or someone looking to overcome an obstacle in life'.
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The most important and ambitious goal of Our Ability is to create mentors for young people with disabilities. Through a series of connections within the business community, education community and individual friends; Our Ability will connect young people with mentors who can help in all kinds of ways.
One of the most important aspects in business is to be able to find someone you can seek counsel from to stay on the path to success. This is even more important for People with Disabilities. Because there are very few people with disabilities within any one business, it is important to connect with mentors across multiple businesses and universities.