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Entrepreneurs and Dyslexia

We all know how clever Dyslexics are, but maybe some people don’t realize how their Dyslexia may be the REASON for making great leaders and entrepreneurs.
Ben sent me this article, which shares my views and highlights these talents:It's thought one in five entrepreneurs is dyslexic including Sir Richard Branson.

It’s thought one in five entrepreneurs is dyslexic including Sir Richard Branson.

A PROLIFIC entrepreneur is helping young dyslexics get their firms off the ground as he reckons they are often more creative than those without the condition.

Adam Norris, a former director at broker Hargreaves Lansdown and dyslexic himself, set up Horatio Investments in 2010. It has $172 million to invest in start-ups.

But after Norris realised there was little help for entrepreneurs with dyslexia, he set up an arm of his company to nurture start-ups run by those affected.

So far it has invested $474,000 in two firms run by dyslexics. It receives 30 funding inquiries a day with those chosen for consideration now sent a questionnaire to find out if they have the condition.

Norris, 42, said: “Many people at the very top of business have dyslexia, but dyslexics are often turned away or fail to push on because of their difficulty in learning to read or interpret words.

“However, dyslexics are often astute at creating ideas and have remarkable vision, while their work ethic to overcome their issue often sets them apart.”

Is is thought that one in five entrepreneurs in the UK is dyslexic including figures such as Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar.

Norris, who is estimated to be worth $234 million, believes dyslexic entrepreneurs look at work from a different angle and has changed his business to reflect this.

Dyslexic entrepreneurs can submit business plans by phone or video, while the fund may overlook inconsistencies in a plan or spelling mistakes in CVs.

Successful firms, which get mentoring from Norris, can also submit verbal reports.



What is Hypoactivity?

What is Hypoactivity?Image?

Both Hyperactivity and Hypoactivity have the same root cause – disorientation, but at its effect, they show a reversal of perception of time. While for the hyperactive child the internal clock is speeding up and real time appears very slow in comparison, for the hypoactive child the opposite is true. The world outside seems to be too fast. They often disappear into their own reality and therefore also display a difficulty to stay on task. These kids appear to be lethargic, inactive, daydreamers, lazy or just not motivated. 

Interestingly, when I researched pictures for Hypoactivity, every single one (except the cat) was for hypoactive sexual desire disorder – I want to re-assure you that the way we use it in the world of Dyslexia, it is not related to any sexual disorder. We see both hyper- and hypoactivity as a product of disorientation, which changes the perception of time.

What happens biochemically when a person is hypoactive? Less dopamine production slows down the inner clock, which results in the outer world as appearing too fast.

In the Davis world (see ‘the Gift of Dyslexia’) we correct the imbalance by correcting the orientation and thereby  addressing the root issue.

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Grammar is fun

ImageGrammar jokes of the week

Two guys are walking down the street. One says “Hey, who’s that girl I seen you with last night?”
The other guy: “No, it’s ‘I saw’”.
“OK. Who’s that eyesore I seen you with last night?”


One day an English grammar teacher was looking ill.
A student asked, “What’s the matter?”
“Tense,” answered the teacher, describing how he felt.
The student paused, then continued, “What was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the matter… ?”

English Grammar: Subject vs Object

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from the English Grammar for Dyslexics series:
A SUBJECT is a person or thing that acts.
An OBJECT is the person or thing that something happens to.

Pronouns change according to how they are used in a sentence: I like to play basketball. The ball belongs to me.
“I” is the subject, “me” is the object of I.
Watch the video, it’s only 3.5 min

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Parents asking to avoid the label ‘Dyslexia’

Image‘Please don’t use the word Dyslexia when talking to my child’, a well-meaning mother asked me, before assessing her child. In the past, that is exactly what I used to do. Trying to pretend, that there is no problem present, nor a solution necessary, just a slight adjustment.

I fully understand, when parents want to protect their children’s emotional reality, or trying to boost their fragile self-esteem. However, in the past 10 years of working with these individuals, I have learned that this does more damage than good.

Parents and therapists, that keep reassuring the children, that they don’t have a problem, may rob them from a solution to eliminate their difficulties.

It gives children a false perception that often leads to a false interpretation of their challenges: ‘I must be stupid’, being a common one – and nothing could be further from the truth. Often these conclusions stop the motivation necessary to resolve the learning difficulties and to take responsibility for their own learning.

When I talk to a Dyslexic child and do point out that they are Dyslexic, indeed – I also explain what it means to be Dyslexic, how many advantages there are in having a big-picture mind and list the many brilliant people who share the ‘label Dyslexia’ (from Einstein to Richard Branson). In just about every case,  learning that they are Dyslexic is a relief and finding out that this is not at all a disability, but a different learning style, additionally empowers them to accept the benefits and take responsibility for any changes they are motivated to make themselves. All they will need is some tools and strategies to do so.

(excerpt from my new book: ‘the Right Brain for the Right Time’)