WHAT : DE HEK

Living with the gift of Dyslexia

November 12, 2019 Season 2019 Episode 3
WHAT : DE HEK
Living with the gift of Dyslexia
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WHAT : DE HEK
Living with the gift of Dyslexia
Nov 12, 2019 Season 2019 Episode 3
DANNY : DE HEK

I have something in common with the following people; Richard Branson, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Graham Bell, Einstein, Nigel Kennedy, John Lennon, Walt Disney, Tommy Hilfiger, Andy Warhol, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Wrinkler (Fonzie!), Danny Glover.

They all have the gift of dyslexia! so forgive Mr de Hek’s blogging the words get in the way of what I am trying to say.

Gift

Usually when people hear the word dyslexia they think only of reading, writing, spelling, and math problems a child is having in school. Some associate it only with word and letter reversals, some only with slow learners. Almost everyone considers it some form of a learning disability, but the learning disability is only one face of dyslexia.
The positive side of dyslexia is once you discover that the kids at school that gave you are hard time were in fact wrong and you were not stupid and you just look at stuff differently to the “Educated”. There is always a way when there’s a will to get around obstacles doing stuff without reading or writing.

Limitations

My first break was I left school at fourteen and I wanted to work however I was too young to get a job and I had no experience. So I thought it would be a good idea to start a lawn mowing business, however I had a few obstacles, no clients and no lawnmower. I started knocking on peoples doors asking them if they would hire me to mow their lawns. Once they said yes I asked them if they had a lawnmower that I could use and before long they would ask me if there was any other services I offered, next I was cleaning out spoutings, sweeping driveways, digging gardens! When I look back now my clients simply saw I was keen and supported me for a couple of paid hours a week.

I learned that people would pay me for a service. I could build up a client base and I could up-sell to the same clients, these same people would recommend me to family and friends. I also learnt limitations to my small growing business, there is only 40 hours a week, I couldn’t work in the rain and it was very cold in the winter!

Conforming

In the school system you get taught that you need to be educated to get a good job, so I think this is why I stopped being a entrepreneur and conformed to society.

My first opportunity was handed to me, by way of a 20 lb. sledgehammer! after three days smashing a concrete wall and a few good blisters, working for demolition a company was not something I could see myself doing even at $5 per hour.

So it was not long before I got a real job a “store-man” yep unpacking boxes, unloading trucks and even got pretty good navigating the forklift about the yard, I was keen and I worked hard, I was always out to prove I can be good at something. It was all going good until my boss said “you have great work ethics Danny and we would like to promote you”. My new title was, customer service, this involved; taking phone orders, delivering goods and serving customers the obstacles were writing orders and taking their billing details, I still remember asking Peter Diver how to spell his last name he looked at me like I was stupid specially after asking him a second time! My boss was understanding however I had the same feeling I got and school so I quit the job before I was fired.

Read more at https://www.dehek.com/ebook/dyslexia/

Show Notes

I have something in common with the following people; Richard Branson, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Graham Bell, Einstein, Nigel Kennedy, John Lennon, Walt Disney, Tommy Hilfiger, Andy Warhol, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Wrinkler (Fonzie!), Danny Glover.

They all have the gift of dyslexia! so forgive Mr de Hek’s blogging the words get in the way of what I am trying to say.

Gift

Usually when people hear the word dyslexia they think only of reading, writing, spelling, and math problems a child is having in school. Some associate it only with word and letter reversals, some only with slow learners. Almost everyone considers it some form of a learning disability, but the learning disability is only one face of dyslexia.
The positive side of dyslexia is once you discover that the kids at school that gave you are hard time were in fact wrong and you were not stupid and you just look at stuff differently to the “Educated”. There is always a way when there’s a will to get around obstacles doing stuff without reading or writing.

Limitations

My first break was I left school at fourteen and I wanted to work however I was too young to get a job and I had no experience. So I thought it would be a good idea to start a lawn mowing business, however I had a few obstacles, no clients and no lawnmower. I started knocking on peoples doors asking them if they would hire me to mow their lawns. Once they said yes I asked them if they had a lawnmower that I could use and before long they would ask me if there was any other services I offered, next I was cleaning out spoutings, sweeping driveways, digging gardens! When I look back now my clients simply saw I was keen and supported me for a couple of paid hours a week.

I learned that people would pay me for a service. I could build up a client base and I could up-sell to the same clients, these same people would recommend me to family and friends. I also learnt limitations to my small growing business, there is only 40 hours a week, I couldn’t work in the rain and it was very cold in the winter!

Conforming

In the school system you get taught that you need to be educated to get a good job, so I think this is why I stopped being a entrepreneur and conformed to society.

My first opportunity was handed to me, by way of a 20 lb. sledgehammer! after three days smashing a concrete wall and a few good blisters, working for demolition a company was not something I could see myself doing even at $5 per hour.

So it was not long before I got a real job a “store-man” yep unpacking boxes, unloading trucks and even got pretty good navigating the forklift about the yard, I was keen and I worked hard, I was always out to prove I can be good at something. It was all going good until my boss said “you have great work ethics Danny and we would like to promote you”. My new title was, customer service, this involved; taking phone orders, delivering goods and serving customers the obstacles were writing orders and taking their billing details, I still remember asking Peter Diver how to spell his last name he looked at me like I was stupid specially after asking him a second time! My boss was understanding however I had the same feeling I got and school so I quit the job before I was fired.

Read more at https://www.dehek.com/ebook/dyslexia/

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