Demosthenes was the son of an incredibly affluent man in Ancient Greece; and when his father died, Demosthenes was robbed of all of his possessions by two friends of his father’s who were making the most of their friend’s death. When Demosthenes took these men to trial and tried to state his case, he was inhibited by his speech impediment which had haunted him since he was a child. He tried and tried in vain but continuously stumbled over his words which he shouted over the torrent of laughter coming from the audience and judge. Mortified, Demosthenes began to cry and fled the court room. From that day on, Demosthenes went down to the beach each day, put rocks in his mouth and taught himself how to speak eloquently and fluidly until the day came, several years later, where he called upon the two thieves and held another trial. This time, however, Demosthenes delivered the most impressive, and inspiring speech that anyone had ever heard; and when he had finished, the entirety of the Greek audience stood up and applauded. Demosthenes won his case, the two thieves were put his prison, and his wealth was restored all because he persevered through his idiosyncrasies, his faults, his misgivings and overcame.

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One Response to Demosthenes

  1. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a superb article…
    but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

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