"My Greatest Strength": Reading Challenges and Lifelong Success

"My greatest strength as a dyslexic is my ability to communicate...getting teams to see my vision with me." Eric McGehearty is CEO of Globe Runner SEO. He is also one of the 30% or more of successful entrepreneurs who have moderate to severe reading challenges. He speaks about the strengths of dyslexia in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf8rjwcZh6Y.

In addition to succeeding in business, Mr. McGehearty has a master of fine art and has shown his conceptual art nationally, including such locations as the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. As he said in an interview in Forbes magazine, "I can't read....I didn’t really recognize that I was smart, truly smart, until the end of high school. And it was even later that I realized that even though my dyslexia could be a barrier, the ways I dealt with it became part of the reason for my success."

Many individuals with dyslexia and other reading challenges find ways to express themselves as entrepreneurs and as artists (including fine art, graphic design and acting). They succeed because, among other factors:

  • They have learned techniques for mastering written words.
  • They are creative, a trait that is enhanced every day as they cope with their challenges.
  • They have formed partnerships with assistants, family members and others who help them deal with the words that barrage all of us, from email to brochures.
  • They know how to keep their self-esteem intact; they know that the ability to read is only one part of who a person truly is.

At Windy Row we understand the importance of all four of these factors as we help children grow beyond their reading challenges: from failing in school to earning straight A's and from struggling as children into finding success as adults. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 15 and is behind grade level in reading or math, please info [at] windyrow.org (contact )us today.