Many dyslexic individuals grow up to be successful entrepreneurs because of the unrecognized strengths they carry. They might sometimes come across as slow learners. However, don’t be fooled as many of them are highly creative thinkers with excellent problem-solving skills. They learn through meaning rather than memorization. So don’t count them out for one second!
They have survived all kind of rejections and have increased resistance and tolerance while living with dyslexia. Most information about dyslexia focuses on the bad stuff but what about the good things?
“You can’t overcome it (dyslexia); you can work around it and make it work for you, but it never goes away. That’s probably a good thing, because if dyslexia went away, then the other gifts would go away too.”
Beryl Benacerraf, M.D., Physician. World-renowned radiologist and expert in ultrasound.
Below we have listed down the mental functions that make dyslexia a gift in the truest sense – a natural ability, a talent. If seen in a positive light it is something special that enhances the individual.
1- Business entrepreneurs
Did you know that one in three American entrepreneurs have dyslexia?
Entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Charles Schwab were dyslexic. Perhaps better strategic and creative thinking could provide a real business advantage.
I seemed to think in a different way from my classmates. I was very focused on trying to set up a business and create something. My dyslexia guided the way we communicated with customers.
2- Highly Creative
Many of the world’s most creative actors have dyslexia
Actors such as Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightly, and Orlando Bloom and famous artists Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock all we dyslexic.
Many dyslexics have a greater appreciation for color, tone, and texture. Their grasp of two-dimensional and three-dimensional form is more acute. They can visualize art before reaching for the paint brush, and their imagination will allow them to go beyond the norm and create new and innovative expression. In other words, they are highly creative people!
3- Seeing the bigger picture
People with dyslexia view the holistically; they see the larger and the intricate picture. They might miss the trees, but they see the forest. They are highly aware of the environment and are more curious than average.
They are the odd one out, cause they are better at identifying and memorizing complex images. And this has been confirmed as there are many in the field of astrophysics, where visual representations are essential. Not only excelling in visual processing and detection they also have the ability to see how things connect to form complex systems and to identify similarities among multiple things. They live in a world of patterns and images. Which makes them unique as there are many things they can see that no one else can.
4- Good spatial knowledge
They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses) and are skilled at manipulating 3D objects in their mind. Many of the top architects and fashion designers have dyslexia as they have very good spatial knowledge.
Richard Rogers is a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture.
I was called stupid. Not only could I not read, but I couldn’t memorize my school work. I was always at the bottom of the class. I lost confidence. It was very disabling for about 20 years of my life.
Iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger created an all-American brand of clothing that remains popular among men and women of all ages since its debut in the 1980s. Hilfiger attributes his dyslexia as one of the inspirations for him becoming a clothing designer. He believes that his lack of a formal education led him to be a unique designer who crafts different apparel than his fashion counterparts. His creative designs are recognized on their own by millions of people, and his classic craftsmanship is distinct among other designers.
I performed poorly at school – when I attended, that is – and was perceived as stupid because of my dyslexia. I still have trouble reading. I have to concentrate very hard at going left to right, left to right, otherwise my eye just wanders to the bottom of the page.
5- Picture thinkers
They think mainly in pictures instead of words and have vivid imaginations.Research at the University of California has demonst
rated children who have dyslexia also have enhanced picture recognition memory.
Nineteenth-century French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, could stare at paintings in museums by day and paint them from memory at night. His dyslexia meant he could barely read or write by the age of 14, with his reading skills developing much later.
6- Sharper peripheral vision
As the flip side to dyslexia, they also have the ability to grasp in the peripheral vision more quickly. Although it can be hard to focus in on individual words, dyslexia seems to make it easier to see outer edges.
James Howard Jr., a professor of psychology at the Catholic University of America, described in the journal Neuropsychologia an experiment in which participants were asked to pick out the letter T from a sea of letter L’s floating on a computer screen. Those with dyslexia identified the letter more quickly.
7- Thinking outside the box – problem-solving
Those with dyslexia are well known for having sudden leaps of insight that solve problems with an unorthodox approach. The power of imagination gives them the ability to think out of the box.
This is an intuitive approach to problem-solving that can seem like daydreaming. Staring out of the window is how dyslexia works, letting the brain slide into neutral and ease itself around a problem to let connections assemble.