This past week Natalie hosted a FREE event for anyone to join! We wanted to tackle one of the most common questions asked when working with 1-on-1 clients, "How to see the value in dyslexic strengths and how it can create meaningful opportunities."
Look, the reality here is dyslexia is a pain! It has a lot of struggles that dyslexics often fixate on; we see only the bad and shape our self-image and worth around the struggles. We hear it all the time "I wish I could get rid of my dyslexia," or "dyslexia only causes me more issues."
The truth of the matter is that often; it's the way you frame your dyslexia that colors your perspective. How CRAZY would it be if you felt clear on what you were good at and could build your career around that, avoiding your dyslexic challenges? Or what if when new opportunities came up at work, your first thought was not fear of the obstacles but excitement for what you could add?
It is not that crazy; you really can form a job around your strengths rather than your weaknesses. It starts with changing your perspective and embracing your strengths and struggles. We are not going to name names, but one of Natalies 1-on-1 clients said it best:
"It's not overstating it to say that Natalie has already changed my life. After four sessions, I have already started to make changes: -I am more confident in my dyslexic strengths. I now see them in my work and personal life daily. - I have taken steps to set myself up for success, working with my brain, not against it."
Shortly after they sent that message, they went on to land their dream job and got the accommodations to their role to make dyslexia easier.
All of this change resulted from them getting clear on the values of their unique dyslexic strengths. Seeing the value in your strengths creates confidence in who you are, which leads the rest to fall into place. You should not fight against your challenges or work against your brain. It creates friction and makes your life WAY harder. The goal is to find your strengths and apply them to every situation.
Mapping your strengths is not always a quick process and is often hindered by impostor syndrome. Your journey will be unique to you, but for most dyslexics, our strengths look like implementing innovative ideas, spotting problems before they arise, creating valuable changes in process, and so much more. Think of what comes easy to you and use your fantastic pattern recognition skills to find other areas of life to apply them to.
How do you know if you are working against your brain and not playing to your strengths? It's that feeling like you're not quite drowning but also not thriving. If you feel this way, we recommend you check out this blog and this blog, follow your Instagram/TikTok, join The Hive, or check out our 1-on-1 coaching.
We hope this article has helped you see the value in your dyslexic strengths and how they can create meaningful opportunities for you. We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment below and share your experiences with dyslexia and strengths-based approaches. Let's work together to break down the stigma and celebrate the unique talents and perspectives of dyslexic individuals.