Herschel Walker: Growing up, I was not that athletic and I had a speech impediment.  So to be a person that was non-athletic, having a speech impediment, I had a lot of kids that made fun of me.  I had a lot of teachers that didn’t take the time out to help me to overcome my shortcomings.  So, I had parents that told me, “You’re not going to use that as an excuse.  You’re not going to use that as an excuse not to at least try hard and to get good grades or to do whatever.  You’re just going to have to work on your own.”  And I’d sit in the mirror, day after day, night after night, saying, “She sells seashells by the seashore,” and all those tongue twisters and this and that.  And I overcame the speech impediment and I became valedictorian of my class my senior year.  All those teachers that didn’t want to take the time out to help me out, they decided they wanted to take the credit for it.  But I had loving parents that, no matter what, they were not going to let me use excuses for anything.