Over the next several weeks we’ll be sending out surveys on MIND Strengths in kids and adults. We’ll need your help to make this research a success, and to whet your appetite we offer this post.
MIND strengths often reveal themselves in different, and more subtle, ways in dyslexic children than dyslexic adults. For some adult dyslexics detecting the early signs of their mature talents can be hard even in hindsight.
Often, however, you can see the early signs of the mature talents—if you know where to look. That ‘where’ is commonly in some activity discovered outside the traditional school classroom.
Below is a list of ways that some of the dyslexic adults we’ve interviewed first showed signs of their talents, listed by adult occupation and childhood signs.
Adult Occupation _ _ _ Childhood Hobby
Mechanical Engineer: Robotics team
Paleontologist: Rock and fossil collection
Naturalist/Artist: Nature journal, Scouting
Entrepreneur: Chain of lemonade stands
Entrepreneur: Reselling lost golf balls to golfers
Entrepreneur: Organizing yard work crews
Energy entrepreneur: Exploding things
Artist: Mentored by famous artist
Integrative biologist: Art, building dollhouses
Space physicist/space probe designer: Building jewelry, electronics
Novelist: Writing stories for friends
Filmmaker: Making movies with friends
Espionage thriller writer: Chess
Computer security expert: Hacking
Chief information officer: Hacking
Video game maker: Video game maker
Fortune 1000 CEO/Chair Sports captain
Electrical engineer Building and taking things apart
This is just a short list, and we could go on and on, but it gives a feel for the kinds of childhood ‘hints’ we often see of important adult talents.
If you’re dyslexic or have a dyslexic child or spouse and have a good example of how an important adult strength first presented in a child, please share it in the ‘Comment’ section below, or in our feed on Facebook! And please join with us next week as we begin the MIND Strengths surveys!