Living & Working With Dyslexia

Back in the 80s when I was in school, it was rarely if at all that those of us suffering from dyslexia were diagnosed and got the help we Dyslexia1needed with our studies. When I was in full time education, I don’t even think I’d heard of dyslexia, let alone realised that I had it. Unfortunately, more often than not, kids that were dyslexic were thought of as stupid or just classed as unacademic. When you’re not doing well in school, it’s easy to let this get you down, let it make you doubt your own intelligence, but that really isn’t the case, some of the most intelligent, creative people throughout history were dyslexic like Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and Hans Christian Anderson to name but a few. 

I didn’t achieve very good grades at school and struggled through a lot of it and much of this is down to the fact that I suffered from quite severe dyslexia. It was only later on in life that I realised that I had to change the way I looked at the written word, the way I studied and the way I worked in order to overcome it.
Sometimes I find that wearing tinted glasses can be very helpful whilst I’m reading and I also know the importance of proofing my written work thoroughly before submitting it. Though the education system in the UK has improved a great deal with the way in which it diagnoses and assists those with dyslexia in the last decade or so, I still think there is room for improvement and more can be done to help those who have it.
I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a challenge, but I have learnt to adapt and I don’t feel that I have underachieved because of it.

Following Your Dreams & Fulfilling Your Potential

I’ve always been someone who has been passionate about helping others to achieve their full potential and realise their dreams. Ever GA2since I joined the London Guardian Angels at the tender age of 16 back in 1989, helping disadvantaged youth get into education and better themselves, I knew this was something that was fundamentally important to me. This desire to help others to achieve their full potential is something that has driven me throughout my working career and has shaped my personality. After the Guardian Angels, I had several job roles in recruitment before going on to work at one of the UK’s biggest charities for the disabled and was actively involved in helping people with disabilities find work or get onto training courses that would facilitate their employment. I have the fondest memories of my years working in this sector and someday I may return to it, but when I had the idea to set up BODO, I knew I had to run with it and put my all into making it a success.

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My Love For Trainers!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with trainers and have been collecting rare, unusual and retro pairs DMCsfor quite some time. I’ve even done the waking up at some silly time in the morning to go Sneakers1and queue up outside a retailer in order to get my hands on that limited edition pair! If I had to choose a favourite make, it would be Adidas. Just recently the Run DMC pair they released are pretty epic indeed and I think they go well with my latest tattoo too, so I thought it would be rude not to get a pair! 

If I’m honest, I’d always choose to be wearing trainers rather than shoes as I find them much more enthralling, colourful and vibrant not to mention more comfortable! If you scroll down my Facebook wall, my obsession with them is quite obvious for all to see as its post after post about the things! I’m not a materialistic guy and things aren’t really that important to me, and I think that’s pretty clear from my ambitions with BODO, but if anything’s my weakness, then it’s trainers!!

The Pitfalls & The Positives Of Running A Startup

A few years ago, I made a life-changing decision – to quit my job and start my own company! I’d had a vision, (alongside some close friends) to create a fashionable sandal, environmentally friendly because it was made from recycled tyres, that I would use the buy one donate one business model to help those in poverty who could not afford footwear. I was pursuing my dream and actually going out there and doing something to make a positive impact felt really good, as did seeing my ideas become a reality, however it hasn’t beenColour Choices 3 without its pitfalls. There’s a lot of stuff that can go wrong when you are running your own business, things that you just wouldn’t experience as an employee per se. One of the problems I encountered was working with external consultants who would promise you the world, but the reality of what they actually delivered would be a very different thing. YosamiteWeeding out the cowboys from those who will actually make a positive impact on your company can be an utterly long-winded and painstaking process. The other thing that tests my mettle is organising the finance of the business. There is a very fine line between ensuring that things are done to the high quality I expect, without going over budget. Another issue I’ve found, is frettingScales over staff payments, if you have the slightest hiccup in your accounts on or around payday, it can be a mad rush to ensure all your staff get paid on time, for they have mortgages, kids, commitments and responsibilities and I would hate to let them down. When I was just an employee, it was only my finances I had to worry about, but now I find myself concerned with it on a much larger scale.You have to ensure all the subscriptions are paid, the employees are looked after, products or tools you need for the business are purchased and that’s just the beginning. Luckily I’ve had some help from some top-notch accountants, who have helped me ensure that things run as smoothly as you could expect for a startup in its early stages! Following my dream has been great, but it hasn’t been without its downsides, I guess though, the challenges you face are what makes your success feel so rewarding in the long run!