Speaking in front of large audiences is something that makes me feel more alive and fulfilled. I love it! It hasn’t always been that way though. When I was growing up I would always get made fun of because I had a speech impediment. I had a lisp believe it or not. Every week I would have to go to speech class and practice saying different words with my speech teacher. I hated it! I hated to speak in front of the class! I would dread giving presentations and it scared me to death.
Even at a young age I knew I was destined to become a great salesmen someday, but I knew in order to do that I would have to become a great speaker. I started practicing every day in front of the mirror on my own and improving my speaking. Eventually over time I got better and no longer had a lisp. I felt comfortable speaking and starting to enjoy it. My weakness became my strength.
Recently I had the privilege to speak at Iowa State University in front of the College of Business faculty and students. If you would’ve asked me 6 years ago if I would have ever thought of speaking at such a high level, I would’ve laughed. Six years ago Iowa State had put me on academic probation and were thinking about kicking me out of college. I even got kicked out of my dorm 5 days early, for reasons that I will not mention. Let’s just say, I wasn’t the best college kid.
It’s crazy to see how much progress you can make in life after years of hard work, persistence, and committing to making yourself better. Speaking in front of large audiences is something that I love to do. I have spoke all over the country telling my story, teaching others about crowdfunding, marketing, branding, productive development, and showing others how to achieve anything they want in life by simply believing in themselves.
Clearly I had a disadvantage as a speaker, but I didn’t let it affect my future. I got better. No matter what you want to achieve in life you can achieve it no matter what your situation is or disadvantages you have. If you want it bad enough you will figure it out. I did, and so can you!