I Love Life: A Stuttering Jerry Dahmen Turns a Dream into a Career
As a youngster growing up in Sioux Falls, I had a dream!
More than anything else I wanted to become a radio announcer and public speaker. Yet, I wouldn’t tell anyone. It was my secret. I suffered from a severe speech disorder. I couldn’t sound my vowels correctly and because of that I stuttered. I had zero self esteem!
I vividly recall being in Axtell Park Junior High. One of my teachers asked me to read from Shakespeare. As I walked to the front of the room and began to read from Hamlet, the entire class broke out in laughter. I vowed then and there—I would do whatever it took to become a radio personality and public speaker. After making several phone calls, I located a college drama professor who was willing to help me. After several years of working together, I no longer stuttered!!! Most of all—I was self confident!
I even entered a high school speech contest at Washington High School. As I spoke, no one laughed. I actually won 3rd place!
The Dean of Motivation, Earl Nightengale once said: If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it!
I know that for a fact! Dreams really do come true.