Richard Branson has recently shared a blog celebrating LinkedIn adding ‘Dyslexic Thinking’ to its list of skills for individual profiles.
He shares his thoughts about why it’s significant and how we should work together to redefine dyslexia.
“This is significant because it recognises this unique way of thinking as a positive trait and something people should be proud of.” Richard Branson
Here at QS Dyslexia Tests, we think ‘dyslexic thinking’ is a very positive statement – and it’s so welcome after decades of dyslexia being associated mainly with specific learning difficulties.
It gives recognition to the other side of the coin and in many ways the more important side to a dyslexia profile.
In describing his own education and earlier difficulties, Richard Branon talks about how he has used Dyslexia to his advantage to shape the Virgin brand.
After dropping out of school at just 16, he was able to see his lack of interest in mental arithmetic, his wandering mind, and short attention span in a new light.
Saying “Where others saw problems, I was able to see solutions.”
We believe that this is important to help others with Dyslexia realise that it’s not something to be ashamed of, or that they should feel they need to hide. Dyslexia is something people should feel proud of and use to their advantage, as many very successful people with Dyslexia have done.
Previously the main focus was on all the things that a person with dyslexia can’t do, but here is the much needed adjusted focus on what they can do.
They can have a more creative outlook and a different way of approaching life – seeing solutions rather than problems.
Richard Branson added “Dyslexic thinking is a skill that can give you the edge at work: you’re likely to have strong problem-solving skills, great imagination, and creative, big-picture thinking.”
Such lateral thinking skills are a vital addition to any profession and are now getting recognition.
Also someone with dyslexia can be very much a ‘people person’, due to a hard earned understanding and empathy for how other people feel.
This is often combined with a talent for verbal communication skills.
“I have met many such people with dyslexia over the years and built long term friendships with some wonderfully positive people.” Dorota Walker, Lead Dyslexia Consultant and a Director for QS Dyslexia Tests and Pico Educational Systems Ltd.
Read the full article and more on Richard Branson’s thoughts.