Toby-Cosgrove-surgeon-dyslexiaDyslexia in the OR – Toby Cosgrove was an innovative cardiac surgeon who pioneered multiple novel heart procedures (like minimally invasive mitral valve surgery) and technologies (over 30 patents) before he turned his innovative mind to creating the Cleveland Clinic’s Venture Capital Company.

Cosgrove is also dyslexic – and he joins the ranks of many successful men and women before him who only succeeded because they ignored what other people thought of what they could or couldn’t do.

“It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I learned why school had always been so difficult for me. I was an undiagnosed dyslexic. People with dyslexia literally and figuratively see things differently from other people. Often, dyslexics are more creative. They solve problems in unique ways. And they have their own ways of learning.

I’m not the only doctor to be rejected time and again, and go on to have a successful career. I’m not even the only hospital president to do so.

Not everyone is cut out to be a doctor. But “if you can conceive it,” and if you’ve got the ability and “guts quotient,” you can overcome some very long odds, and make your vision a reality. Our fate is in our hands. Believe in your vision, and your biggest “mistake” can become the best decision of your life.”

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Photo of Dr Cosgrove.