My Dad told me the tipping point for him was when I came home in kindergarten saying: “I hate school, I’m a bad person and I don’t want to live anymore.” Horrifying words for a loving father who only had seen his son full of joy. What was happening at school that a child would think they were a bad person or at such a young age even contemplate the idea of not living anymore?
The school system was quick to label me into the category of disabled with little understanding of what, if any, my “disability” might be. I was tested by the school system but the results baffled my parents. A person who turned out to be unqualified to administer the test in the first place concluded that my high score in general knowledge was because my parents were older and always read to me. It is at this point that my parents began to distrust the school system and search for their own answers.
Through a lot of hard work and a little luck, my parents found someone who specialized in Dyslexia. Dr. Kline was a leading expert on the subject and although he was retired, he agreed to test me in his apartment in Vancouver, Canada. In 30 minutes he had determined I had a severe case of Dyslexia and would need 1-on-1 tutoring to correct it. I’m beyond grateful for this wonderful man who likely saved my life that day. And my parents for not listening to a school system that to this day can’t, won’t, or doesn’t want to take responsibility for failing children with Dyslexia.
Dyslexia can be treated with the appropriate schooling/remediation. But without it, many children leave high school with extremely low self-esteem having felt like failures. This carries on into their working lives. For many, this means settling for lower paid positions. The lucky few kids find creative ways to overcome the disorder and achieve great successes despite their challenges in school. Richard Branson is one of the best-known examples. He was told by his Headmaster that he would either end up in jail or a millionaire. The Headmaster was right about one thing. He did end up in jail but went on to become a billionaire. Somehow Richard has learned to build billion dollar companies without a degree or high school education.
While I am no Richard Branson and my journey to that ultimate destination is still in progress, I have learned some valuable lessons and skills along the way. Through GregEpp.com, I would like to share these lessons with you as I continue on my journey. Hopefully, this information will help you find your way to a more successful future in a competitive and challenging world.
I strongly believe that people with Dyslexia have an advantage when it comes to creative problem solving, communication, leadership, and organization. These are the exact skills that the world needs so badly in a fast-paced global market. We need people with these skills desperately to fill the ranks and yet it’s estimated that 25% of the population might have Dyslexia and not be getting the proper education to teach them how to read and write. The school system is 100 years old in most developed countries and has changed little since our Industrial Revolution. It’s failing all students but especially those with Dyslexia.
The goal of GregEpp.com is to provide you with resources and tools to improve your life. As time goes on, I will create videos, post blogs and find resources to help you find your Dyslexic Advantage. I really believe that Dyslexia is an Advantage today in the modern world and I want to help you overcome the disorder and exceed your own expectations. If you are Dyslexic there is help available. You can overcome it and thrive in our rapidly changing world. I have been fortunate and would like to give back. If I can help just one person overcome this disorder or donate enough money to get one child through school, it will be worth the effort. If you found this, you have the Dyslexic Advantage; you are more talented and capable than you realize.
Please share your story in the comments below. Share your success stories, your failures and the skills you have learned to help you overcome Dyslexia. I can’t wait to read what you have to say.