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6 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Struggle Through Dyslexia

6 Successful Entrepreneurs Who Struggle Through Dyslexia

The people on this list are exceptional leaders and successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields. They’re all well known for their success as entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators. Yet they’ve all had to overcome insurmountable odds – dyslexia, to get there.

1. Henry Ford

    In his effort to overcome his dyslexia, Ford would often repeat actions to the point where they were second nature. This helped him fine-tune his abilities and launch one of the most successful companies in the world.

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    2. Thomas Edison

      Most people know Edison as a scientist. They probably wouldn’t know Edison overcame his dyslexia to launch an electric and engineering company that would soon become General Electric. GE is now a multinational conglomerate listed on the Fortune 500.

      3. Richard Branson

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        Perhaps the most famous business leader with dyslexia is Sir Richard Branson. The British entrepreneur parlayed his success with a student magazine into an international brand and conglomerate – Virgin Inc. Branson often says dyslexia should be considered a sign of potential.

        4. Jamie Oliver

          Dyslexia didn’t stop Jamie Oliver from becoming one of the world’s most well-known chefs and business leaders. His ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ chain of restaurants span the globe. Unbelievably, Jamie read his first book at the age of 38.

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          5. Ingvar Kamprad

            Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has managed to create a globally recognized retailer while battling dyslexia.

            6. Charles Schwab

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              The CEO of Charles Schwab & Co. struggled to take notes in school and even failed English twice. He didn’t realize he suffered from dyslexia till his son was diagnosed with the same condition.

              If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, don’t hesitate to reach out for help and assistance. And always remember the lessons you can learn from these successful people and don’t let anything block you from pursuing your path to success.

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              Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

              Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

              Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

              Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

              It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

              • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

              • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

              • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

              In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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              Different Folks, Different Strokes

              Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

              Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

              People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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              Productivity and Trust Killer

              Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

              That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

              Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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              A Flexible Remote Working Policy

              Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

              There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

              Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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              It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

              What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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