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Dyslexia as a superpower.

April 25th, 2022

When I was six, I had a speech therapist.

At the age of nine, I was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Teachers told me I wasn’t dyslexic throughout secondary school, just a bad speller.

After my parents pushed the school during my final year, I was again diagnosed with dyslexia.

My English teacher apologised to my parents and explained that it was hard to spot because I was reasonably high performing.

I’ve spent my entire life swapping out words I’d like to use for words I can spell.

My school work, emails, and even texts often don’t include words I want them to because I have no idea how to spell them.

Would I change my dyslexia? Absolutely not!

I’ve grown somewhat fond of it.

It’s a superpower that gives me an edge in how I think, communicate, and ultimately run Steadfast Collective.

I’m fortunate to have a team who understands that my Slack messages often include typos and that I’ll often ask them to proofread an email before I send it. They get it.

My role currently consists of me spending around 20% of my time writing content. Through the magic of Grammarly (and having a Co-founder who’s a copywriter), we make it work!