We had the good fortune of connecting with John Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I was born with cerebral palsy, couldn’t walk on my own until the age of four and was partially paralyzed on my left side. I kept my CP secret to join the United States Navy – and maintained that secret during my entire 20-year career. No one knew that I had cerebral palsy. As a motivational speaker, I share that story which is really one of inclusion. I believe that inclusion is often looked at as a lowering of a standard for companies to bring “more people under the tent.” No. Inclusion is simply the opportunity for me to hit the same high standard as you. So you can say that by sharing my story, I’m redefining what inclusion means in today’s society.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a motivational speaker with an interesting message of inclusion. I’ve been fortunate to share my story with a wide-range of organizations and businesses including many in the Fortune 500. What sets me apart is my relatability with my readers/audience. I’ve had to overcome a lot in my life, and I’m very open in sharing my story. I’ve learned that most people are trying to overcome something. It might be physical, spiritual, financial or emotional, but everyone is battling something. I’ve felt honored that audiences around the world feel so comfortable coming up to me after a presentation to say, “I can relate to you so much! Let me tell you what I’ve been going through.” I don’t take that trust for granted. and I believe people can feel that from me.
As a speaker, I’ve also learned that you never know who you’re talking to. I’ll share a bit of my story with someone only to find out that the person I’m talking to is a Vice President of Human Resources of a technology company. So, be nice to everyone and always carry a business card in your pocket!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love taking friends and family to Sabino Canyon whenever they come to visit. Miraval Resort is a special place to stay and also learn a bit more about yourself. There’s something special about that property that keeps me coming back – and I’m always treated so nicely by the staff there. Living in Oro Valley, I’d have to take my best friend to Noble Hops. Great food and atmosphere!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this Shoutout to my late sister, Susan. When I started writing Someone Like Me, I sent her my first chapter. “This is pretty good. You should continue to write.” she said. With Susan’s guidance and superb editing skills, I did continue to write, sending her my work on a daily basis. Susan became my editor-in-chief and Someone Like Me would not be on the shelves today without her love and support. I miss her everyday.