How you can thrive with your dyslexia
Dyslexia can feel overwhelming, and we are not afraid to admit that dyslexia can be a ***** (insert the curse word of your choice). With that said, you can get to a place where your dyslexia feels manageable, and you can, wait for it, be successful. Here are 5 of the most common traits that we found successful dyslexics have!
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
It is so easy to ruin your whole day when a coworker sends back an email correcting your spelling. You spent time proofreading and ran spell check twice but somehow still wrote from as form. It happens to all of us. Successful dyslexics see the mistakes and shrug them off. They know dwelling on them will not make a mistake go away.
Creating Systems for You
Being neurodivergent means your brain does not always work the same way as others. So why would typical systems work for you? Successful dyslexics shrug off neurotypical systems and create methods that work for them. Making your system can be anything from thought dumping to time blocking.
Flexibility Scheduled in Your Day
Our working memory gets tired a bit faster than most people. Building time in your day to let your working memory recover is crucial. Getting up and taking a walk, taking breaks, switching tasks, or working when you want can all be fantastic tools to help your mind recover. This flexibility can help fight against burnout and can promote creativity. If you're going to be successful, you have to listen to your brain's needs!
Kindness & Empathy
Most dyslexics have struggled (primarily in school); we understand better than most how impactful kindness and empathy can be. Successful dyslexics usually work/live in an environment where kindness is the driving force. An environment that focuses on the positives rather than the mistake allows us to thrive and truly blossom. Dyslexics who are successful also tend to lead their lives with kindness and empathy.
Focus on Your Strengths
We know we say this a lot, but focusing on your dyslexic strengths can be a real game-changer. When you find your strengths and lean into them, dyslexia will feel less burdensome.
None of these traits are instant changes; they all take time and patients to master and fully develop. You might have to make some life shifts before you feel entirely successful with your dyslexia, which is ok. Don't get discouraged if you still struggle; our goal is to thrive because of our dyslexia.
If you are a Hive member and want to hear more about common traits of successful dyslexics, then check out Natalie's talk in the Hive Resource Hub. If you are not a Hive member but want to learn more about the Hive, click HERE.