Who’d have thought a straight D grade student would become a successful real estate mogul someday? With a net worth of almost $140 million, Barbara Corcoran the famous “Shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is a businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and television personality. She has it all, but she is still haunted by her insecurities, and how people perceived her as stupid in the past.
Barbara Corcoran is the perfect example of someone who turned their insecurities and negativities into motivation. Barbara has dyslexia and not a lot of people understand what it means to be diagnosed with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes words, and is typically characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding.
But instead of getting frustrated, depressed and wallow in self pity, Barbara used her disabilities as motivation to prove to everyone that she can succeed in life just like everyone else. She said that, it made her more creative, more social and more competitive. She also feels that it gave her the urge to prove herself to everyone and show the world that she has the grit, determination, and the acumen to succeed in business.
Kevin O’Leary overcomes dyslexia to become a financial guru
Another inspirational life story is of famous Canadian financial guru Kevin O’Leary, which is also known as “Mr. Wonderful”. At the age of six O’Leary was diagnosed with dyslexia, he has difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling. However, he is pretty good with numbers. In 2011 O’Leary published his book entitled “Cold Hard Truth” in which O’Leary show us a glimpse of how his life took a turn when he found out he has learning disabilities and how his life changed completely after enrolling in special education.
O’Leary has undergone therapy to gain his self confidence back. His therapists did a great job in giving him hope and courage, and told him, “You have the ability to read backwards, read in the mirror, read upside down, can your classmates do that?” These kinds of talks with his therapist made O’Leary believe in himself again. They convinced him to view himself like a superhero, or a “mutant with super powers.”
Daymond John launches FUBU despite a learning disability
Fellow Shark Daymond John shares the same story as Corcoran and O’Leary. “In math and science, I would excel, I could look at something quickly and get high grades, A’s and B’s.” says John. However, he found difficulties in reading and spelling which led a frustrated father yelling at him. He didn’t even know how to spell his middle name, Garfield. He also found it really tiring to read a book, he spent more time studying language arts than any other subjects but he still got a C or D.
But this didn’t stop John from trying to be exceptional in other aspects of his life. He focused more on his strengths than on his weaknesses. “I have this attitude about any challenges you have in life,” says John. “You highlight it, address it, and then find out how to work around it. Figure out how to live with it.” With his creativity and analytical genius, John has made himself a stellar reputation in business and enjoying a $350 million fortune from FUBU alone.
Barriers to success in your work from home business can always be moved
Dyslexia is just one of many things that can hold you back. Expect that in business there will be many overwhelming circumstances that you will encounter in the future. The most important thing is how you stand up against these difficulties. Instead of dwelling on a problem as being insurmountable, it’s better to believe that you can achieve what you set out for yourself no matter what gets in the way.
Success does not come easy and there are a lot of pitfalls that can slow you down. But as these successful entrepreneurs from Shark Tank show, it’s up to you how you overcome adversity and make your work from home business a success.