Tiger Woods had a terrible stutter and received speech therapy through school for it. It later helped to inspire him to open the Tiger Woods Learning Center in 2006.
“The words got lost, you know, somewhere between the brain and the mouth. And it was very difficult, but I fought through it.” -Tiger Woods
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Joe Biden told NPR in 2007 that stuttering almost derailed his career but says that he wouldn’t have changed anything because “that impediment ended up being a godsend for me. Carrying it strengthened me and, I hoped, made me a better person.”
Barbara Walters has always been ridiculed for her speech patterns. When she was first hired on with NBC she was assigned a speech therapist.
Being an adult trying to change the way you’ve always done something is more difficult than for a child who is still learning. She became the first female co-anchor in history.
Michael Phelps has a lisp and was teased about it through childhood. He was mocked before a swim meet once and did poorly. He used this frustration to drive his motivation in the next meet and ended up winning. Today, he is the most decorated Olympian in history earning 28 medals.
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” -Michael Phelps
Ronda Rousey suffered from apraxia of speech which is a motor disorder that affects the brain and planning the movement of the jaw, mouth, and tongue to produce sounds correctly.
Ronda was thought to be slow in elementary school but she worked incredibly hard in speech therapy and was able to fully overcome her disorder. By high school, she was tested gifted.”
Some people say that Moses may have had a speech difficulty. Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10