I know with some of the imaturity here I am going out on a limb here by saying that I have a major speech impediment, but **** it. Make fun of me all you want I guess. Let me give some background on myself here. Ever since I can remember as a kid, I have had a speech impediment. In grade school I was forced to take speech classes while other students were in normal classes. They treated me like I was an idiot and just too STUPID to read the words. They would hold up flash cards and want me to read them. Sure, I knew what it said in my head, but I couldn't always verbalize it. I felt like an idiot because it always seemed like they felt I was too dumb to read the card, and that was the problem when it wasn't. Anyways, I stopped going to speech therapy, as it didn't help any. That was in 3rd grade. Keep in mind, in 3rd grade I was tested for IQ and was found to have a very high IQ and was placed in extended learning classes to help take advantage of this. I am in the genius IQ range, but who the **** would believe this, I can't even talk ?!?! HAHA I swear I could read the cards, but just couldn't read them alound. Anyways... I am a manager in a company with many, many employees, at the age of 20. I constantly deal with customer relations issues. ' Let's get into the details of my speech impediment. Many people will stutter at the beginning of a word. For instance, take the word "teacher." Some will speak "t-t-t-t-eacher." Instead of stuttering on the "t", I will hold on the "e" sound, like "teeeeeeeeeacher." Or "peeeeeeopple", "Saaaaaturday", "maaaaanager", etc. I can't help it. I struggle so ****ing much with it. In every day life, I have learned to pick and choose which words I verbally use to help avoid this. But, with as many words as I do this on, it is impossible to avoid. As a side effect of this, I was always thought as the stuck-up kid during high school. All the hot chicks thought I was cute, but stuck up. When in all reality, I yearned each day to talk to them, but couldn't because as a side effect of my speech impediment, I had pretty much learned just to keep silent unless I had something very important to say because I was afraid I would stutter. Imagine this: You're a customer. You want to talk to the manager because of a problem. Up walks this 20 year old kid who looks like he barely shaves. You tell him about your problem and when he talks to you, he stutters like crazy. You try not to laugh, and think that he does it because he is nervous. You might even think that he is covering something up. You don't take him seriously. I run into this everyday. I run over a million dollar operation, but yet I can't even hardly speak half of the time. It's not because I'm nervous, either. I've been with my fiance for around 3 years and I talk to her about anything and evertything. I am of course never nervous talking to her and sometimes I think that my stuttering is worse with her. I don't ****ing get it. During high school I read about it some, and found that about 50% of traditional stutterers (the t-t-t-t-eachers) went away at age 17-18. I'm now 20 and have come to the harsh realization that this will not happen with me. To be honest, I have a lot going for me. I'm 20 years old, and make 32K a year (plus a bonus based on profit that could be anywhere from zero to realisitically $20K/year). I am 20 years old and have the potential to make 50K plus. But, this bothers me so much, and it has gone home with me every day since I was born. I feel that it really does limit me because I am unable to interact with customers/employees to my full potential because of this speech impediment. Sometimes I just wonder what the **** I am doing with so much weight on my shoulders and why I don't flip burgers for a living. I'm not even sure where this post is going, but am wondering how many others have a serious speech impediment, and how it impedes their profession. I always think that I should pursue something that I love and can do well (like welding, wrenching, etc.) but I already got going on what's in front of me. I need something that requires less people skills. I swear.... And my ol lady thinks I drink too much... I guess I have never talked too much about this subject with her and she doesn't know what I experience day in and day out with my job. My district manager recently paid a surprise visit to my store and said the store "looked awesome" and went on to compliment me on how the store looked and was running but he doesn't know or understand of the struggles that I face everyday. There are about 12 stores in my district, all more than million doller operations, and I am the youngest of all the managers that run them. It's nice to know that I run an "awesome store" when some 30-40-50 year old who has their s*** together can't do the same, but myself being 20 can. I don't even know what I'm saying, but am wondering who else feels that they are limited by their speech impediment. If I could get the damn words out I'd be a CEO in the works I swear. Now, back to my beer. I know on the front side that I'm going to get all sorts of s*** from people making fun of me for this, and that's expected. Let's get the stupid s*** out of the way so I can get to the real responses.