As part of B.D.A.’s focus on adults with dyslexia, throughout 2017, I am doing a monthly blog. The subject for this first blog is talent.
We would all like to think that the dyslexic individuals who make a real success of their lives, do so because they have an innate talent, possibly a strength endowed by their dyslexia. I also believe that many dyslexics have the sort of strengths we talk about, like atypical problem solving, being able to see the big picture, and many have a very creative thought processes. However, I also know from studying it, that talent or strength is not enough on its own. The good news, though, is that you can acquire what’s needed for success. This also means that the opportunity for success is there for far many people than the super heroes!
When I asked the dyslexic adults in my research study what had contributed to their success in life, 56% said it was determination or persistence. They had strengths but it took determination to develop these and to keep going until they succeeded at whatever they were attempting.
We can recognise that we may have strengths that we haven’t had the time or opportunity to develop. So, talent is one of the building blocks but it takes determination and persistence to develop it. If we look at very successful people in any field, we will find that they have some basic ability but then they went on to practice and develop until they had built their skill. Concert pianists, world snooker champions, chess masters are all known to practice full time to reach world class acclaim. Fortunately, most of us are not seeking quite that level but we still need to practice and reflect, and eventually we will become talented and skilled. Having the determination to do so is a common strength of the dyslexic context where it is thought that struggling from a young age can incubate exactly the kind of persistence you need. My book and the B.D.A. elearning programme show you how to grow your determination and what to do if it flags so you can develop the building blocks for success. So now back to practising that golf stroke…
Joint Chair of B.D.A.
If you would like to learn more about building the traits that adult dyslexics have for success, then do see:
- “Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia: a blueprint for success” by Margaret Malpas, MBE published by JKP at £12:99 and available through most good bookstores and online.
- “How to Succeed at Work as a Dyslexic Adult” a B.D.A. elearning programme will be available from the end of March for £12:99 or free with evidence that you are unwaged. Look for it on the website at www.bdadyslexia.org.uk , under Training.
- “From Individual to Infrastructure; Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia” is the conference we have on the 28 April in Watford. Tickets are available at £25 plus booking fee, from here.