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Lessons From "The Kings Speech"

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Lessons From "The Kings Speech"
I was so touched by this year's Oscar-winning movie, 'The King's Speech.' It's about King George VI, who accidentally became King of England upon the abdication of his older brother Edward VIII in 1936 on the eve of WWII. George VI was deemed unsuitable to become British monarch because of his debilitating and humiliating stutter.

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"You see the neck and mouth go. I found it heartbreaking, literally tear-jerking. Something really hit me watching that. I saw the vulnerability and immense courage, all wrapped up in one moment."

Colin Firth, who portrays George in The Kings Speech, describing watching archival footage depicting George VI's stutter.

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Entrepreneurs are all stutterers in one form or another

  • The foundational virtue of entrepreneurship is simply courage in the face of limitations. 
  • The quality of effective entrepreneurial leadership combines a practical modesty with a frontiersman's ability to step fearlessly into the unknown. 

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About Breath, from the Real King’s Speech Techniques:

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