Dyslexia is generally known as a reading disability that can include the transposing of letters in a word. However, dyslexia in all its forms is a bit more involved than just having difficulty reading. This discussion is not meant to be an in depth scientific study on dyslexia, but instead an observation based on personal experience relative to a condition that may affect entrepreneurs in particular.
I have been typing on typewriters and computers for a very long time. I even took Mr. Johnson’s typing class in high school! So I can type with my eyes closed with about 95% accuracy and at about the same words per minute speed (Mr. Johnson would be proud). This hyper-typing skill is the result of spending more than 50% of my day plunking away on my laptop. But one day I felt as if an internal gear shifted. I started transposing my letters.
This is a phenomenon I noticed after a few months of starting my business. Now, almost thirteen years later, I still transpose occasionally and it has spilled over beyond just typing to also writing with a pen; not only transposing letters, but numbers also. The good news is that I catch myself pretty quickly and make the correction, but it does slow me down.
So my hypothesis is that upon becoming an entrepreneur, my brain became re-wired to think totally differently from how I used to think before starting my business. If the brain becomes suddenly overwhelmed, will it automatically “re-wire”? This is a question for my neuroscientist readers.
My approach to overcoming this “re-wiring” is to try to slow down - my thoughts and my fingers. When your thoughts get ahead of your words and your fingers get ahead of your ideas, a general tripping over oneself will be inevitable.
Some may opine that entrepreneurs are not “wired” to slow down; we believe in jumping on things right away so as not to lose opportunities. But sometimes, it can be more beneficial to step back, take a few long breaths (go for a walk even), reflect, and then go forward. This does involve some re-wiring of reflexes. I have been trying to practice this theory and I have found it valuable. When you slow down and decide to not work at a frenetic pace, you think more clearly and become more relaxed. Hence, the ability to make more sound decisions and to better take advantage of opportunities that ultimately lead to more success. The solution: slow down to go faster.
Have you had a similar experience? Please share your comments below and what you did to overcome or resolve the situation.