Arguably one of the most famous British dyslexics, Richard Branson has inspired a whole generation of young people.
Richard Branson has not hidden his poor academic performance as a young person at school. His headmaster is reported to have said that he would either end up in prison, or a millionaire. As his mother was an entrepreneur, Branson seems to have followed her footsteps to success, proving dyslexia does not have to be an obstacle if you have the confidence to carve out your own journey.
My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.
Too often young people are discouraged at school. Some with undiagnosed dyslexia, others not receiving the right support. There is always something that you are good at, the key is to find out what that is. Once you’ve found it, make it into a career. You might not be quite as rich as Richard Branson, but the goal is to aim high!
The British Dyslexia Association offers plenty of support for young people, teachers, parents and adults on how to support those living with dyslexia.