A dyslexic entrepreneur changing the perception of dyslexia and helping dyslexics start and run better businesses.
At 44 I discovered I was dyslexic, it sent me on a path I had never dreamed of, I quit my job, Started a Business and went to University, graduating with a Master Degree in global Entrepreneurship… “Still scratching my head”.
I now run two successful business with my wife and co-director Sandra Ownes.
Kirks Key Points
- Absorb as much information as you can and then apply.
- The hardest thing to overcome was my self-confidence.
- You will always have transferable skills no matter what.
- Gain as much experience in every job or role that you’re in.
- Website – http://www.duggystone.com
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/duggystone
- Podcast – DUGGYSTONE – podcast
- I must have been bad because when I got into work, everyone thought I’d jumped off the bridge.
- I’d hit a glass ceiling.
- I was supposed to be there for 6 weeks and I ended up being there for 10 months.
- After 10 months in Holland, I decided that I didn’t want to go back to my site in the UK.
- I needed a new start otherwise, I would have remained stagnant
- I had two choices, stay in Holland or go back to the UK and I was 80% going to stay but I met someone.
- Back your bags Kirk, we need you to go and sort it.
- Being a troubleshooter was probably my favourite job but I didn’t like all the travel.
- Within 6 months I got to know everyone in the business which gave me a lot of exposure.
- I absorbed as much information as I could
- I need a permanent contact, I don’t want to be on the road.
- Don’t replace both managers, I’ll do both their jobs.
- I ended up on a course that was run by Stamford University in California
- The only was to progress was to go into procurement or specified in cement manufacturing and I didn’t want to progress in those areas.
- I did a lot of report writing and this is where the problems started.
- I kept getting picked up on these issues and no matter what, I couldn’t get them right.
- I just thought I wasn’t as clever as everyone else.
- A lot of people my age tend to find out when they move into a role where they do report writing.
- When I got tested, it was a relief and I was quite emotional because it explained what I’d gone through all my life.
- You can do a mini test one line for free.
- I went to the British Dyslexia Association to be tested, its a 2 hour test and costs about £400
- It’s a niche market and they charge what they want and I think it’s wrong.
- I got told by HR that they couldn’t find anyone to write my reports. I didn’t want them to find anyone.
- You know what, give me the redundancy I’m going, stick your job.
- I was getting stabbed in the back by my colleagues because they thought they should be doing my job.
- I said to my wife that I don’t ever want to work again, it was that bad.
- One of my goals after leaving corporate was to stop people having to go through all this.
- I also work one on one with businesses to tap into dyslexic people
- The hardest thing was to get over my self-confidence issues
- I want to unleash people’s confidence
- Sandra believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself
- Unfortunately we only see the end result of people’s success.
- Do something whilst you’re building something else up
- Don’t be disillusioned by what’s around you.
- 0:54 – Coming back as a new person
- 2:18 – Off to Holland I go
- 4:59 – Back to the UK but a new location
- 7:33 – Being a troubleshooter
- 10:22 – I needed a permanent contract
- 12:31 – Further education
- 13:57 – Still wanting to progress
- 15:35 – Where the problems started
- 19:00 – Getting tested
- 20:10 – How dyslexia works
- 22:29 – Working in the corporate role with dyslexia
- 23:18 – Gardening leave
- 24:00 – Getting stabbed in the back
- 25:06 – My first client
- 26:10 – University
- 27:15 – Spreading the word
- 29:14 – The design business
- 31:32 – Working with lasers
- 33:50 – The big journey and the biggest things
- 41:49 – Guest links