In business, I believe dyslexia is my greatest strength

In business, I believe dyslexia is my greatest strength

By Kitty Knowles, THE MEMO
Tuesday, 12th July 2016
Filed under: HiddenDisability

Richard Branson joins 22 leaders in sharing his experiences of dyslexia

In Margaret Rooke's book Creative Successful Dyslexic, Richard Branson explains how “In business, I believe dyslexia is my greatest strength. It has taught me to keep things simple, to rise above difficulties and to focus on what I’m good at.”

Branson, explains how dyslexia helped him to embrace unconventional thinking, to never been embarrassed by failure, and to pinpoint ideas that are great because they are simple.

He writes of how he’s always learning, giving the example that he only discovered the difference between ‘net’ and ‘gross’ at 50.

He belives that to be a good business leader you must know your strengths, hire people who are smarter than you, and listen to their ideas. “Delegation is a skill some people don’t develop but if you’re dyslexic you have to,” he writes.

“Dyslexia has taught me to rise to challenges. If you are not exceptional academically, you can still be exceptional,” says Branson.

His decision to quit school at 15 to start a magazine is inspiring for readers and he pushes people with dyslexia to accept they are different. " question what others don’t, trust your instincts, go for the opportunities others miss, keep an open mind and learn by what you do. If you follow your dreams you can be even more successful than the others.”