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Quint Clarke had a successful career as a lawyer. He had done everything he was supposed to do and life was going well. But then one day, he picked up the book Travels by Michael Crichton and it sent him down a path that would alter the trajectory of his entire life. In Travels, the author of Jurassic Park and Sphere writes about (go figure) his travels around the world. One of the stories in particular jumped out to Quint: a tale about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Quint was inspired to take his limited vacation time and travel to Africa to climb the legendary peak. He admits that his life hadn’t been very adventurous up to that point, but he was undeterred.

So profound was Quint’s experience on Kilimanjaro that when he came home, he quit his job and spent the next year traveling the world. After his world tour, Quint became a history teacher at Blair Academy, where he has been teaching for the past twenty years. But the story doesn’t end there.

Inspired by his experiences abroad, Quint always encouraged students to travel and experience other cultures. And he has led countless student trips abroad in search of a greater understanding of the world.

On one trip to Kenya, Quint himself was inspired to make a difference in the world. So he began raising money to build a school in a Kenyan village. Today, Blair in Kenya has two schools which serve 1,000 Kenyan students.

Quint’s journey is fascinating and I was so happy to have him share it with me on this episode of The Divergent Path!

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