From a shy and insecure boy

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

From a shy and insecure boy, Peter grew into a self-confident and assertive politician.
 

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"From a shy and insecure boy" doesn't work.
 

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Would it work to write like this:

Out of a shy and insecure boy, Peter grew into...
 

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If you start with "Peter grew from a shy and insecure boy into a ..." it works.
 

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I agree. The original sentence proposed by the OP may not be elegant, but it clearly works.
 

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It sounds better by adding "being" but the OP totally gets the message across.
 
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