Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Recently reviewed an old UK TV program that some of you may find interesting.
Below are the words of Richard Branson and the program narrator --
Narrator: “Dyslexics already run some of the world’s leading businesses. Despite the memory gaps and an aversion to long reports and figures, Richard Branson says being dyslexic has given him a business edge.”
Richard Branson: “I think I will look for the bigger picture. I will base my decisions on personal experiences and gut feelings. You can awaken strengths that non-dyslexics don’t necessarily know exist – or don’t use enough. There are other dyslexics I have met who take a similar, broader approach to these issues.”
Narrator: “Battling against dyslexia has given [Branson] his drive in life.”
Branson: “I love testing myself to see what I am capable of. The first twelve years of my life I was a failure. I was bottom of the class in almost every class at school. I am always trying to prove something to myself – and trying to get other people around me to prove something to themselves – whether it is my entrepreneurism or my adventurism. . . .”
The entire UK Channel 4 TV program finishes with this quotation from Branson: “[To have people] understand that people with dyslexia are not necessarily thick in everything is quite important.”
Source and Credits: “Dyslexic Genius.” One in a series of three programs on different aspects of dyslexia. Along with Branson, this program features other highly successful dyslexics: an actress, a furniture designer, a computer game designer and a feature film maker. Produced by Twenty Twenty Television for Channel 4 Television. Executive Producers: Claudia Milne and Iain Bruce. Director and Series Producer: Dan Clifton. Thomas G. West was interviewed in Britain by Dan Clifton for the making of this documentary. West also had a very short appearance in this documentary film – shot by a UK film crew at the US National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.