Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely trying to be normal.
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
—James Earl Jones
I had just finished one of my lectures at the Manchester Business School and was stepping out into the hallway when a student from India came up to me. “Tom,” he said, “can I ask you a question?”
“Sure!” I answered. “Shoot.”
“Do you have any advice for people to whom success doesn’t come easily?”
I looked at him, puzzled, and replied, “But I never said it was easy for me.”
And, unfortunately, it wasn’t.
My mind was drifting back to when I was 13.
I was sitting in class, and ...