Do people really know your story? (COM0014 – Blog Post #6)

Do people really know your story?

If you have read some of my posts on my personal blog, you would have read that I am part of the 10% percent of the population that is left handed, or you might have read that I was homeschooled, but more to  the the point you might have read that I have dyslexia. Being dyslexic has its challenges. As a dyslexic   I have trouble with spelling and grammar. Those with dyslexia can have difficulties with spelling, reading, rhyming and discerning left from right to name a few.  A person with dyslexia often cannot recall important details of what has been said or read.

But dyslexia also has its benefits. Dyslexics have a strong ability to see concepts with the “big picture” and in perspective, excel in areas not dependent on reading, and they tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than the  average person. They can also be capable of seeing things differently than others.

As I build my business I need to compensate for my weaknesses. I can do this by using tools like the dictionary or spell check or having someone proofread my material. I can make notes when I am talking to a customer so I can remember needed info. I can give myself extra time to get my articles correct. I  also need to take advantage of the strengths of my disability. Being curious, creative and Intuitive are an asset in my career. Also being able to see the whole picture and think outside the box will help me excel in my job.

Some people see dyslexia as a disability.  I have learned to see it as a challenge that can be overcome.  I am going to close with a quote by Albert Einstein that I think is fitting.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 

Dyslexia may slow me down but it won’t stop me.

 

Dyslexic, Attention Deficit Disorder, Different Learning Styles?

I’m dedicating this blog post to anyone who has a learning disability.

Over the years of going to school, switching programs and being in different groups of people, I always thought I was stupid.  Not knowing I had a learning disability, I would just squeeze by to the next semester.  I couldn’t understand why other students could grasp the meanings and I was constantly stuck getting fifty percent in every class.  I felt so empty in a sense, I was really left out, constantly struggling over and over again.  I would sometimes have to leave class because all that information didn’t make sense to me.

You are not stupid!  You just need more time to build yourself in that field and in most cases you’re smarter than the people around you, you just haven’t put the pieces to the puzzle yet.  I still struggle with typing, grammar and writing a million words in blog posts.  To be honest, I’m not one to be constantly wording things especially paragraphs and papers.  I am very weak in writing and reading, but I’m excellent in public speaking, performing live and that artsy mode.

No matter what the learning disability is, you are exceptionally amazing at something that no one else is.  For example, I am good at writing music but school is extremely hard for me.  I can never fully understand why I’m still doing it, why students reject me for being different, why I’m constantly stuck in a rut. Building websites, art, music and Photoshop I can do without even thinking.

Anyone experiencing discomfort or feeling lost, you are not alone.  Don’t ever doubt yourself for being different, be grateful you can think outside of the box and be exceptionally good at something.  I set the bar very high and expect myself to be on top of my game.  Sometimes I think I have a disease and people look at me as a zombie, but I constantly have to remind myself I’m normal and yes I have flaws, but who doesn’t?

Keep your chin up and don’t stress.

 

Living with dyslexia (COM0011 – Blog Post #3)

  • Alexander Graham Bell – inventor and scientist.
  • Tom Cruise – Actor.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Artist and inventor.
  • Steve Jobs – co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Tim Tebow – American football player.
  • Thomas Edison – Inventor.
  • Albert Einstein – Scientist and mathematician.
  • Henry Ford – Ford motor cars.
  • Jay Leno –  talk show host and comedian.
  • And many more.

I have something in common with all of them, We all have dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that mainly affects the way people read and spell words.

Being dyslexic I have trouble with spelling and grammar, Those with dyslexia can have difficulties with spelling, Reading, Rhyming and discerning left and right to name a few.

The use of technology such as text to speech helps when spelling words I have difficulties with. To read more about assertive technology check out this article Assertive technology for dyslexia.

Dyslexia has its weaknesses, But it also has its advantages.

  • Dyslexics often enjoy and excel at solving puzzles.
  • Dyslexics have excellent thinking skills in the areas of conceptualization, reason, imagination, and abstraction.
  • Dyslexics have a strong ability to see concepts with a “big picture” perspective.
  • Dyslexics are adept to excellence in areas not dependent on reading.
  • Dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average.
  • Dyslexics’ special mode of thought easily produces the gift of mastery.
  • Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence.

– See more at: http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia

In this TEDxYouth video Piper Otterbein talks about Overcoming Dyslexia And Finding your Passion.

I am going to end this post with a quote by Albert Einstein that I think is fitting.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

References

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_diagnosed_with_dyslexia)

(http://www.dyslexia.ie/information/general-information-about-dyslexia/famous-people-with-dyslexia/)

(http://athome.readinghorizons.com/blog/50-interesting-facts-about-dyslexia)

(http://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/Dyslexia-Brain-Differences-and-Cognitive-Skill-Weaknesses,55654)