Slow Down and Listen – Wealth Jackson

Wealth JacksonAbout the Author:

Wealth Lee Jackson resides in Nashville, TN. He is a 14-year-old freshman in high school where he is a member of the cross-country team. He loves to study history and build things for fun! Wealth has attended Vanderbilt University’s Camp TALKS since he was a rising third grader. Wealth is dedicated to encouraging and educating SLPs, educators, parents, and students with communication challenges. Wealth believes he is way more than his stutter and anyone can get to know him if they take the time to listen.

Please contact Wealth via his parents’ email address.

Wealth Jackson, a 14-year-old, shares how speakers and listeners, whether they stutter or not, benefit from “being in the moment” with one another.


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Slow Down and Listen – Wealth Jackson — 13 Comments

  1. Thank you for watching my video! I hope it encourages and inspires you to keep speaking the change you want to see! The message inside of you is powerful! Let is shine! – Wealth Jackson

  2. I loved watching and hearing about your story. It was very inspiring and eye opening. I appreciate you sharing your story with all of us, and allowing me to get some perspective on you and your life. Your message about slowing down to listen to our peers is very important to hear and I am so happy to have watched your video. Thank you so much for sharing and reminding us all that sometimes we just need to slow down, listen, and pay attention to listen to peoples hearts.

    • Hello Maddygracei,

      Thank you so much for being inspired by my video. My stuttering journey has taught me a lot. The number one lesson I learned is that you cannot do it alone. You have to have the courage to build a community because being a stutter is about all of us in this world learning how to appreciate and value each other despite our differences.


  3. Hi Wealth!
    Thank you for sharing! Your video will definitely inspire many teenagers! Nowadays, when all people are in a rush, it is helpful to remember to slow down and listen because if not, we are losing precious time and a valuable message.
    Kind regards from Peru,

    • Hello Cynthia,

      Yes, I hope my video inspires many teenagers to speak, slow down, and listen to others. We can create communities of people that always slow down to listen to people’s hearts and minds. People can receive powerful messages from different perspectives and different groups of people. This is why I encourage stutters to speak so they can find these communities that can listen and benefit from what they have to say. These communities can grow to have more patience and develop a deep compassion from stutters worldwide. If we do these things we will no longer lose precious time and valuable messages that can change peoples lives forever.


  4. Hi Wealth,

    I love hearing about the positive attitude you have towards life. You are right, you are so much more than your stutter. I try to remind myself all the time to slow down and soak up each and every moment. I enjoyed listening to your story and getting that reminder from a different perspective. Keep speaking up and sharing your story with others! You are powerful!

    Paige Gonzalez

    • Hello Paige,

      Thank you for your kind words. The positive attitude I have now did not come quickly. I had to learn to choose the best qualities about myself over the impatience from others. We just have to remember what stutterers have to say matters and if they continue to have the courage to keep speaking, we will be surprised with how many lives they will touch and impact. Everyone benefits when we give others the space to be present without fear.

      Stay encouraged,

  5. Hi, Wealth!

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m in graduate school working to become a speech-language pathologist. Right now, we’re taking a stuttering class. Is there any advice you have for me when working with clients who stutter? Again, thank you so much for sharing your story! Slowing down and listening to others is extremely important in helping to grow and gain new perspective.

    Taylor Williams

    • Hello,

      The advice I would give you is to try to create a relationship with your client in each session. What I mean by this is to really get to know the client. I would create a safe enviroment where speech is embraced and encouraged. They should be able to talk to you about their day and share thier personal interest. The most important advice I can give to you is to see your client as a person rather than their speech impediment. Truly, if you can’t see them as a person first, it will be hard to build that connection of trust. Keep learning and growing, and you will become a great speech-language pathologist!


  6. Hi Wealth,
    I really enjoyed how you said that if we could all just slow down and listen to each other, we can learn from each other. I think you made a good point that oftentimes people are just “go, go, go” and we lose sight of having actual meaningful conversations with each other. I am a graduate student studying to become a speech-language pathologist, and throughout my schoolwork, I have developed an appreciation for how often some people can be ignored or talked over/for. I had not really thought about it before. I liked your example of someone from the Deaf community. Another example would be someone with dementia or someone who has suffered a stroke and may take longer to talk. Too often, family, friends, and even doctors or other professionals will try to finish their sentences or speak to someone who is with them (such as a spouse) rather than talking TO the person. How lonely that must be to not be a part of the conversation or how frustrating it must be when others finish words or sentences instead of letting the person talk. Thank you for being so vulnerable and genuine in sharing this video. I really enjoyed hearing what you had to say.

    • Hello,

      I’m happy you were impacted by what I had to say. Yes, you are right it is very lonely and frustrating to not be a part of conversations. This is also negatively affects eveyone because nobody gets to benefit from what that stutterer has to say. So this causes a stop in creative and problem solving ideas that would help everyone. In truth, a person can be impatient and not listen to what a stutter has to say could miss something that could change their lives forever. I am very glad you have realized this fact. With this knowledge I know you will become a great speech-language pathologist!


  7. Hey Wealth,

    I enjoyed hearing how stuttering has impacted you. I liked hearing your thoughts and feeling on the subject. Thank you for showing me the different perspectives you have.

    • Hello,

      I am glad you enjoyed my message. If we all work together we can encourage others to develop compassion for stutterers. Understanding the courage it takes for a stutterer to speak will hopefully build some awareness. As a result, everyone can grow and learn from each other.


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