As a child I learned quickly to think clearly, write lucidly...

As a child I learned quickly to think clearly, write lucidly, and speak fluently. Teachers at school told me, however, that I read aloud too fast and talked too much. When resentment crept into my thinking because of this presumed limitation of my natural ability, I began to stutter in class. This became a serious hindrance to my academic advancement, and my grades went down.

I found ways of getting by, but I looked ahead: on the horizon I saw college and a career, and wondered how far I could get without good speaking skills.

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