Dyslexia inspired me to …

Dyslexia is generally described to be a “learning difficulty” and a “developmental disorder”, which particularly affects literacy skills and is thought to affect around 10% of the population. However, a fact that is less well known is that there can be compensatory benefits, meaning that although dyslexics may suffer in the classroom, they may prosper in another environment.

Business is one area that appears to attract more than its fair share of dyslexics, such as the Virgin chairman, Sir Richard Branson.

The recent Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau describes having dyslexia as being a “massive positive”.

Elite sports performers talk of having an advantage in terms of visualisation, spatial awareness, creativity and memory. They seem to have an innate “feel” for their sport, and are more likely to trust their instincts than some of their peers. - The Independent (August 2014)

Famous dyslexics include: Sir Steve Redgrave, Kenny Logan, Tom Cruise, Robbie Williams, Jamie Oliver, Johnny Depp, Walt Disney, Roald Dahl, Bill Gates, John Lennon, Darcey Bussell, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice.

“With dyslexia, your other senses become sharper. My memory was great at school but it has become appalling these days!”

Sir Steve Redgrave.

“I saw the game differently, better than some other players. I also had this ability to try things that others didn’t. I think of it as a gift and I wouldn’t change it.”

Kenny Logan, rugby player

“I was told I was thick and stupid at school; that gave me a determination to prove I was worth something.Then, when I was about nine, I was diagnosed and things fell into place. Expressing myself physically was always much easier – that is why I took up dancing.”

Darcy Bussell, ballerina.

“I didn’t really enjoy school. I was dyslexic and I did not really enjoy that side of it, so I was happy to leave when I was 16.”

Tom Lewis, golfer.