Steve Harvey Gives Teacher, Who Said He’d Never Be On TV, A TV Every Year

Steve Harvey has become one of entertainment’s biggest examples of how dedication and resilience can lead to success. However, his road to becoming the man he is today was not always filled with the positivity that warrants a successful life.

When Harvey was in the sixth grade, one of his teachers gave the class an assignment to write down what they want to be when they grew up. At the time, Harvey had a severe stutter but still wrote that he wanted to be on television when he grew up.

After collecting the assignments, Harvey’s teacher thought his dream was ludicrous, especially for someone who suffered from a speech impediment. Consequently, the teacher thought that Harvey was making a mockery of the assignment. She called him to the front of the class and outwardly criticized his answer. Soon after, she called Harvey’s parents stating that he was being a “smart aleck.”

Once Harvey came home after school, he knew he’d be punished for his misconceived antics. Although his mother was upset by his career choice, his father was completely in support of them.

Per the Huffington Post, Harvey’s father responded, “Well, what’s wrong with that?” Harvey reminisces in the clip below from Oprah’s Master Class.

 Their conversation soon turned into an argument between Harvey’s parents. Steve was sent to his room, where he contemplated on the inevitable trouble he suspected he was in.

His dad came in soon after and told Harvey exactly what he should do with that paper.

‘[He said,’ “Take your paper and put it in your drawer. Every morning when you get up, read your paper. And every night before you go to bed, read your paper. That’s your paper, ” as reported by Daily Mail.

Harvey stated, “What he told me was a principle of success, that if you write it down and envision it, anything you can see in your mind, you can hold in your hand.”

Throughout his adulthood, Harvey worked relentlessly to become one of the most successful TV personalities in the country and is the author of many bestselling books, all while keeping that little paper in mind.

Harvey never forgot what the teacher told him. He claimed, “Every year when the teacher was living, I used to send her a TV for Christmas. Cause I wanted her to see me.”

“That little boy with the stuttering problem is on TV, seven days a week,” Harvey stated, with growing passion. “Yeah. I’m on TV. All the time. You dig?”

Full interview here.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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