Listen: Entrepreneur Jesse Henry on Overcoming Personal Challenges
"WanNa talk a little bit about and you shared some experience that you had as a as a child having a stuttering issue and it's always amazing when I have people that come on the show when they take their their weakness and they make or they take their. I don't want to call it a flaw in a negative way but they take to being that they had that was a problem and create a career out of. It's almost like I'm gonNA. Kick the crap out of this thing so talk about turning that that that spot where you where you took this this this issue that you had with with speaking in your turn that into your biggest strength now yes. I think if I go back to my childhood one of the biggest frustrations was that I had all the ideas dog like I knew what I wanted to say. I knew the order that I wanted to say it but I couldn't communicate effectively so even when people asked me hey what's your name and I would start by saying Jesse. It was almost like people like wait. Did you forget your name like they automatically. Assume your stupid because you can't say your name or you can't say the first sentence right it's so. I knew that that it doesn't matter if the words are in your head if you can't effectively communicate those words. How are you going to get to where you WANNA go. Oh in this world and so I knew that because this was my biggest weakness I had to flip the script. I had to turn this around. I had to give myself an opportunity to lead in a way that I a new best and because it was my biggest weakness because every room I walked into. I was the worst communicator I just tirelessly pursued enhancing my communication Asian skills and so you know in high school when I was cold calling people I was terrible like I literally lied about my name so because I couldn't say Jesse and this was even tenth eleventh grade when I was doing this internship. I said Hey my name is Alex because it was the easiest way to start the call. I don't stutter when I say the word egg so all of a sudden. I'm leaving voicemails for people right in the the the front desk lady. All of a sudden starts getting calls back for Alex and she sends out this angry email one day like who the heck is this. Alex Sky like I keep getting calls for Alex. There's no Alex in the office like someone playing a prank on us and I had to have very awkward conversation with the Front Desk Lady on why call myself Alex instead of Jesse and so as a as a kid with a stutter you you come up with all these innovative solutions for how to effectively communicate but just throughout college. I started realizing hey if I just get out there and share my message if I start these entrepreneurial clubs if I start a couple of companies that I'm putting myself in an environment where effective communication is necessary and I'm now at the point where I've studied this stuff and I've practiced this stuff for a decade plus. I know I can do this and so I kept putting myself in those environments and then at at the under senior year I I did the tedtalk which eventually propelled me into the career with Tony Robbins so it just everything turned with the Ted Talk. I had no idea I I had no intentions to go. Be a public speaker after college at just kind of evolved as my communication got"