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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About the Author
John Robinson has twenty years of sales experience in media and is a 1990 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games. Dave Allen is coauthor of Golf Annika's Way, with Annika Sorenstam, and Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards, with Vijay Vad, M.D. He is currently an editor with GolfChannel.com and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: Finding Inspiration in My Story xv
1 Going for a Test Drive 2
2 Reflection 17
3 Running on Faith 29
4 Learning How to Prioritize 42
5 Stand Up and Be Seen 56
6 Fueling My Competitive Drive 69
7 Turning Obstacles into Opportunities 83
8 First Impressions 96
9 Listening Is Learning 105
10 How to Deal with Rejection 113
11 Family Man 124
Afterword Dave Allen 136