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The crazy success behind John’s Crazy Socks

After graduating from high school, many young people are excited to go off to college. But not all. Some may want to skip college and jump right into a business.

That was the case with John Cronin from Long Island, New York. He did not dream of going to college. He dreamed of going into business with his father. But they didn’t know what kind of business.

John Cronin told Money magazine that he thought about starting a food truck. But, there was one problem. Neither he nor his father can cook.After some thinking, the father-son team decided to go into business making a product the younger Cronin loves: socks!

Mark, John’s father, says his son has always loved colorful, wild socks. So, they created John’s Crazy Socks Company.

The younger Cronin explains what he loves about his work: “I want to sell crazy socks.” Why socks? “Because it’s fun; it’s colorful. I like to be creative, and I want to see wonderful things here.”

(Mark) “You’re a talented guy!”
(John) “Yes, I am.”

John was born with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes learning disabilities and developmental delays. But that has not stopped him from gaining major success in the business world.

Read the full story at Learning English.
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