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When it comes to learninghow to learn anything

… the most important factor is your mindset.

If your minds not right then you’re going to struggle with learning and grasping information. 

Now I’m familiar with this topic because I had to deal with lots of issues with learning and mindset. At a young age I was diagnosed with dyslexia… which made school a struggle.

The more I learned about mindset and how to learn effectively I realized that the reason why I was struggling in school and learning wasn’t so much being dyslexic.

It was my mindset

In this blog post you’ll learn the same principles I use for learning… the same ones that allowed me to run a successful online business.  

Listen up because this information will improve the way you learn and grasp information. 

I struggled in school and learning because I had this preconceived notion of what I could and could not do.

I got this from what teachers were telling me and going through the school system. That’s the main reasons why I struggled because the problem with learning is…

… you already know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at because someone along the way told you so.  It can come from your teachers, parents, tests, results, friends, etc.

So most of learning is…

… is just getting out of your own way and learning with you’re own projection… you’re own scaffolding.

The reason why I struggled in school was because I wasn’t learning with my own projection and I wasn’t getting out of my own way.  I had strong beliefs that school and learning would be difficult from day one because I had dyslexia.  

I was told that certain classes would be hard and that I had to take Special Education class throughout my school career… which did nothing but make me feel like an outcast.

It was basically this vicious circle of self limiting beliefs year after year. I was my own worst enemy and it wasn’t till I graduated high school that I realized I was smart. 

I realized that everyone has their own learning style, strengths, thought processes, genes, experiences and in a classroom of individuals were taught the same way.

Which was horrible for me or anyone who learns differently.

Now, that was then and I’m sure a lot has changed in the school board… but I feel like if things were approached differently from day 1… I would of had a different experience with learning and grasping information. 

Dyslexia to me isn’t a big deal… it’s actually mellow. I would even compare dyslexia to someone who is overweight or someone who is naturally shy. 

Just like an overweight kid gets sent to fat camp for a summer to loose weight. I went to a tutor 5 days a week for a couple years to increase my writing and reading skills… which helped out tremendously.   

I don’t consider myself dyslexic anymore… I learned how to deal with it and it doesn’t bother me. 

At the ending of the day there are lots of people who are successful who had disabilities of some sort like Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, Tommy Hilfiger etc. It’s important to focus on what your potential is rather then what you lack. 

 Then building up your weaknesses in a certain matter that’s positive.  

Recap Of Learning Effectively  

Remember that everything comes down to mindset

Always make sure when you’re learning to go at it with your own scaffolding.. you’re own projection.  Most of learning is… is just getting out of your own way so that you can start learning.

 Don’t make things difficult and just allow yourself to learn whatever it is you want easily and effortlessly.

I told myself when learning how to create an income online,”I’m going to get out of my way, I can create an income online”.

Having that mindset has helped me out tremendously.

I hope that me telling you a little bit about my story gives you a better understanding of these principles of learning .

On that note I want to end this blog post on this amazing POWERFUL video  that resonated deep with me.  It’s called, ” I will not let my exam results decide my fate”

Check it out.

p.s.

If you know anyone who struggles with learning or know someone who would enjoy this blog post do them and me a favor…  Show them this blog post!

Also, leave me a comment, do you find this information useful?  Will you start applying it to your everyday life?

Let me know.

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  • Lloyd

    Yes, Joe, I find your info valid and valuable. Your uncommon approach elicits an alternative to the pablum we usually receive from highly touted sources. I have only one complaint that I find common and, since this goes to writers, I hope will help others. ‘You’re’ is a contraction for ‘you are’ (the same as ‘it’s’ is a contraction for ‘it is’ (which you did correctly). Because both are valid forms of these words, a spell checker will not find them. People prone to this error can use Find and Replace in their word processor to hunt for and correct them. I hope this helps.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Hey Lloyed, thanks for pointing that out to me.

      Funny thing is, I actually know that ‘you’re is a contraction for ‘ you are’ just like ‘they’re is a contraction for they are’.

      It’s just when I write, I zone out and I go into this weird phase where I’m in the moment… writing with pure passion. Sometimes I’m not even really conscious when I write… it’s weird and that’s when you’ll find me with some grammar mistakes.

      I always proof read before I publish… but I do admit that I miss things. My writing skills have come a long way… Thanks the comment, I’m going to go through this post and correct the mistakes. :D

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    • kat

      Dude, really??? The message in this post is brilliant and you’re comment is dissing his grammar? That’s not cool. It’s too bad you couldn’t bring anything real and worth reading to the conversation. Nobody likes the grammar police on the Internet… did you not get the memo?

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  • CaLana Love

    “It’s important to focus on what your potential is rather then what you lack.” My favorite line! Ty 4 sharing!

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    • Joe Seeber

      Thanks, it took me a while to write this blog post… at least a week to write it. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment.

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  • Scott

    Great information. Thank you for sharing. People learn in different ways. It is a matter of conditioning yourself to a way that is best for you. Of course depending on your age, you may need the assistance of a teacher or parent.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Yes exactly, I completely agree with everything you said. I think it’s great getting assistance from a teacher or a parent… just only if they know what’s up.

      I think school should be teaching mandatory self development classes… It would fix a lot of the issues we see in our society.

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  • felixdomain

    Nice one! Please come and read my new article tittled “Important things money can’t buy”. Thank you.

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  • hayden's lyric

    I learn okay. Just can’t seem to finish anything. I think it’s ADHD. The older I get the less attention I want to pay to anyone. Working on it.

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    • Joe Seeber

      I have that issue too, I just call it shiny ball syndrome. I actually think it’s a blessing in disguise to be honest. I love the fact that I get bored easily, with friends, work, places, etc…

      This might sound weird, but if my friends can’t keep up or aren’t into the same things I’m into… I just stop chasing them.

      I use to bounce around from one job to another job because after a couple years I would get bored. It forced me to become an entrepreneur… now I’m never bored because I’m always trying to learn and expand.

      With places, I find myself always moving 5/6 years because I get bored of a certain place.

      I’m all about following your passions even if it’s for a month long. I myself would be insanely addicted to a sport for about 3 months then I would loose interest. Then shortly after I would be addicted to a completely new sport with the same amount of passions.

      I don’t think it’s a bad thing… I have so many different skills because of that. I guess you could say, “jack of all trades, master of none”. The reason why I could be like this is because I’m addicted to learning… that feeling of growth.

      I never sat down and thought about this idea before. Why people loose interest… etc. Maybe a future blog post.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  • Heather

    I like your post because you chose to take control of your own learning, rather then be stigmatized by what others thought you were and were not capable of. Also, I’m happy that you recognize that we all have different learning styles and things that we either do well or struggle with but that doesn’t have to stop us from learning anything we want to know as long as we figure out how to we learn most effectively. I was fortunate because I did really well in school and homework was easy for me, and it wasn’t until I home-schooled my older daughter for her Kindergarten year that I realized how important it is to teach someone in a learning style that they understand. If I hadn’t been willing to figure out how she learned best (which is nothing like the way I learn best) we wouldn’t have had a successful experience.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Thanks for the comment Heather… Yeah I completely agree and I’m glad you’re teaching your kid… because you actually care that your kid and the success it has

      I’m baffled with our current schooling system.

      The fact that we put little emphasis on schools and teaching. It should be an honor to be a teacher, we as a society should have the most honorable, most respected people available. Just the fact that our teachers are guarding, raising our children to be successful in the world.

      We should have intelligent teachers that are high paid just like doctors and professional athletes… I think being a teacher should be something you aspire to be…

      But the problem is, we are dealing with unmotivated teachers with shitty pay… the amount of money a teacher makes in the public school board is a joke… and I can’t believe it’s just something we accept.

      If we look at society and we look at our problems… the biggest problem is our children and what they grow up to be. Most of them grow up to be shitty humans against their own intentions.. It’s not like they want to be shitty… their just victims of our system…

      I’m just baffled… You know… I’m very fortunate where I’m at today and the people I had around me from day 1.. like my family and such.

      I kinda just went off on a little rant… my bad.

      I’m just curious… do you plan on getting your kid in as many activities as possible to socialize?

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  • Kameron

    Awesome post bud. You nailed it.

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  • malinycollections

    This is really nice!!!

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  • reinvented2012

    Great to hear someone overcoming struggle and using that experience in a positive light to help others. Looking forward to staying updated on your posts.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Hey I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Yeah it was a struggle but it was worth it.

      There is this awesome quote I heard not too long ago… it goes, “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor” and it’s completely true. I plan on doing another mindset post, then I’m going to dive into some blogging strategies.

      Anyway, thanks again.

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  • aminahgarangan2014

    I find your blog fascinating and very informative. Thank you for the follow. I shall do the same and I am looking forward to read the rest of your posts.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Hey, thank you so much.

      I put lot’s of effort into my blog posts… I only put out content that I would want to read myself. It’s the reason why I don’t put dates on my blog :D.

      If you want you can follow my blog by entering you’re email on my home page feature box. I might hit you up with some offers… but you will get tons of value. I also starting an exclusive podcast for anyone who follows my blog.

      I just plugged myself in… my bad. haha.

      Thanks for the comment again.

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  • Kayla

    Joe,

    I definitely stumbled on this at the right time. The post rocks, the video rocks and YOU rock!

    p.s. little kids were made for exploring, creating, building, running, playing and everything else. Not to be strapped to a desk in an un-stimulating environment with grey or tan walls. We’re still the same kid now that we’re all grown up so being tied to a desk is no more fun now than it was when we were 8

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    • Joe Seeber

      Thanks Kayla, glad you’re pumped on it! I 100% agree with everything you said…

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  • SympleeMe

    You tell them man. When I was in school, I was in school I moved a lot due to being in a military family, and found myself in a school system that felt I was behind. Instead of offering or suggesting a tutor, they dropped me in LD classes. Quite a disservice to anyone but the most challenged. I later tried my hand at college. It didn’t work out, but I made presidents list. Did I recover, or did I get a fair chance? Primary schools need an overhaul.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Jeeze, that sounds rough man… and your absolutely right

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  • belstaff trialmaster legend

    bookmarked!!, I love your website!

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  • Evelyn Maxwell

    Joe, Thanks for sharing a very important viewpoint!
    Thanks also for following my blog.
    Here’s to Your Health!
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  • gfixation

    Really love this post, I too have a difficulty with even learning how I learn. And you touched a very important point that it has to do with your mind set. I too is easily distracted and get tired of people, places and things easily, so much so that I think it’s a curse. On top of that I’ll take the time out to pile up a list of books, classes, blogs and things I’d like to accomplish in a day and never start them, so I THINK it some sort of hoarding tendency. Reading this gives me motivation to learn more.

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  • Shanice Nicole

    I absolutely love this! This is so true, many people get in their own ways when it comes to learning. I believe everyone learns at a different rate and learn through different styles. I am a visual learner for sure! I will def. take some info from this and use it in my daily life.

    Great Work!

    -Shanice Nicole

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  • kat

    This is wonderful. And the video… I must share this with my readers! Thank you…

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  • Jedidiah Jumps

    This has helped me tremendously! And wow, that video. Thanks :)

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  • Blouson Canada Goose

    These are truly impressive ideas in regarding blogging.
    You have touched some good points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

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  • outaboutmum

    Thank you for following my blog and for giving me the opportunity to follow you. I loved this post, I am currently while working as a teacher and being a mum doing several masters modules in dyslexia… So this post was very interesting.
    It fits in perfectly with the seminar I’ve just been to. It’s amazing how the brain works…. Really we can over come any obstacle if we put our mind to it. With dyslexia or not, people must believe a lot more in their own capabilities!!
    Loved reading this!!! Also made me think as a mum in the way I hope I will be able to approach my little monsters learning.

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  • outaboutmum

    Wow what an insightful post. I am currently studying for some masters modules on dyslexia… So when I saw this post I felt obliged to read on.
    Your vision of mindset is interesting and something I have been considering for some of today. I agree with your thoughts…. We all can learn just some people can learn quicker than others. If we have a passion for something it tends to come more naturally!!!
    Thank you for following my blog and for giving me the opportunity to follow yours.

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    • Joe Seeber

      Oh interesting, glad you enjoyed this post. Yeah dyslexia is a little crazy, I’ve come a long way, especially with my writing skills etc. The most important thing you can master in life is your mindset.

      Everything comes down to mindset… having passion definitely helps… Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  • Able Tsang

    THANK YOU for speaking up about this matter. I love people who are different!

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    • Joe Seeber

      Thanks for leaving a comment, I’m glad you enjoyed this article.

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  • Tai

    Great! I’d like to share this entry.

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  • RDHD

    Wonderful post! I love when we regular people blog about regular things that society had deemed irregular. =) Everyone has issues in life and the more we discuss them, the less power those issue have in defining who we are or our potential. And I am with CaLana, “It’s important to focus on what your potential is rather then what you lack,” is truth! This principle should be our north star! Happy to have found your blog!

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  • Bianca

    Well Joe I got to say, you found me but i am sure glad to find you!
    great job you`re doing here!
    Thanks and keep in touch :) :)

    Bianca

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  • Stephen

    Hi Joe

    I just read this and the article on not giving a fuck and really enjoyed them both. I have know a few people who I know that might get a lot out of these articles, so I’ll send them here. I look forward to lots more interesting conversations on our sites and those sites of other people who comment too.

    Cheers,
    Stephen

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  • rosemont reflections

    I love this. It’s good to see someone rise above what they were told about themselves in school. I’m in the process of preparing to homeschool my oldest child. I’ve had meetings with teachers, attended countless school board meetings and studied our education system extensively. All of these things have led me to the conclusion that schools cannot possibly instill a love of learning in our children. I was curious and looked up the origin of the word education. It originally meant, “to draw out”. We’ve moved very far from this original meaning. If anything, schools are containing kids. How can a teacher with 20+ kids really get to “know” each child? It’s much easier to point out the shortcomings of children and strive for a collective minimum standard. I believe that this leaves children bored and uninspired. The kids see it but they are taught to be good kids and submit to authority.

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  • dragonflygypsyusa

    Exactly! I don’t have dyslexia but my “ailment” made school incredibly difficult, too. when it comes down to it, whatever i want from life is my responsibility to create. tell me i cant. tell me its impossible. it wont bother or deter me. only if I believe those things will i fail to move forward.
    thanks!

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  • melwakeman

    I think your blog is brilliant. Very inspiring too. An honest view that obviously comes from the heart.

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  • Dana Harris

    As someone with dyslexia and as someone who struggled in school with many other issues like depression in the mix too I can say that now that I’m doing better I completely agree with this post when I have an open and ready mindset I always accomplish more. Thank you for this post I found it wonderful.

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  • Beth

    I really enjoyed this post!
    Especially the video as I was Steiner educated (google it) part of the Steiner ethos is that exams are pointless, so for a number of years I found it very difficult to be taken seriously, until I completed my degree. I found it difficult because of societys views on exams, and their results defining you.

    Thanks your awesome

    B x

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  • Wendy

    Thank you for an insightful blog. I completely agree. I also have dyslexia. School was an awful time in my life. Being sectioned/labled in the ‘special education’ department of high school achieved nothing but to destroy my self belief & reinforce the notion that by having dyslexia I was stupid. I am sure that there wasn’t a teacher in the school that though I would be capable of getting into uni let alone archive my degree.

    One night, after a party we invited a group of friends back to our house. I made a flippant joke about dyslexia & a friend said ” is there anyone in this room who isn’t dyslexic?”. Out of 12 people there was just 1 person who spoke up. All of the people in the room had good jobs many of them running their own business.

    Dyslexia certainly isn’t the sentence it used to be & as you say the key is understanding your individual learning style, your potential pit falls, learning how to over come them & excepting your self & the things that make you unique.

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  • tyamiciawright

    This is great! I will definitely share this with my 15yr old daughter☺

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  • filthfiend

    Disability or not… This is great advice for everyone. I could probably benefit from
    reading this post every morning to help myself get in the right mindset. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of thinking “this just isn’t something I can do, I am just not good at it”. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Heba

    I hated studying when I was a kid because I didn’t know how to study until at middle grade a colleague gave me a clue which is continuity of studying and to STUDY TO THE POINT, I didn’t manage to apply that until I entered college were I had developed my own studying style that I tried to maintain.
    I totally agree with you I always thought the reason we don’t do well at school especially if you a good potential is that MIND WORKS IN A DIFFERENT WAY TO OTHERS and that’s why you might not match them or get along in grades.

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    • machineheadmedia

      Good one Joe thanx fir the follow on, as I look forward to reposting your work and sharing with my friends. All the best with the intent of love & success from VinStone @ STONEClan CyberTribe @ http://www.unseen.is

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  • selbythebug

    Three of the smartest people I have ever known are or were dyslexic. When I say smart I’m talking 135-150 IQ. One has passed. She brought so much joy to my life. Her dyslexia wasn’t as bad as her sons. She became the director of an entire nursing staff at Northern Westchester Hospital. Her son worked through his dyslexia when he was grounded for an entire year. He read a lot of books that year, and life became a lot easier for him. They know so much more about dyslexia then they did back in the day. Glad you’re writing a blog about it.

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  • عَابِرَة

    Love the post! Understanding and accepting that many times we are in fact a barrier to our own success is key. Yes, somewhere along the line our weakness may have been highlighted, but instead of challenging ourselves, we surrender. We often recognize that we are stymieing our ability to progress but our egos get in the way.

    Hats off to you!!

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  • Kimberly

    Very happy I stumbled on your blog, this is a great post, I have read some other posts of yours and really enjoy your writing style as well as your topics addressed. Thank you for staring!
    -kimberly

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  • hjhall2014

    I dont have dyslexia, but “i’m going to get out of my way” seems excellent advice. I am having to use it a lot just now……do you think that if you do this often enough, you find that you are no longer blocking your own way?

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    • Joe Seeber

      Hey there, glad you find my advice useful. As far as getting in my own way now… It doesn’t happen because I’m constantly working on myself. You should check out the video of my morning routine..

      Here’s the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it1LCVMKhz8

      I find if I’m not constantly working on myself, reading good quality books etc… then I will get in my own way. It’s inevitable because all these negative thoughts will creep into your consciousness when you’re trying something new or being successful in general because you have no idea what you’re doing..

      It’s normal to get in your own way. That’s why you should study success and incorporate the lessons you learn into your life to eliminate this issue. :)

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  • Ashley Nicole Poteet

    Hi, Joe…I need lesson one sent to my email again please! I accidentally deleted it! Sorry!

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  • JcCee

    Great post. I am working on transforming to a healthier lifestyle. The way I think is so important regarding accomplishing my goal. My old way of thinking will not help me get the necessary results. Reading your story has given me a boost. Thank you.

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  • EpiHackr

    I really like this post. I had a very similar experience with the “high school bad student” and the “college honor student” change. I believe college is about learning to learn, more than anything.

    More importantly, this touches on the idea that we have a avatar in our minds of what we “should” be like. Once you figure out that there is no right way to be, think, do, or look, the sky is the limit.

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  • katylieu316

    Both my niece and my nephew are dyslexic. I will shoe this to them, especially my niece. She will be a sophomore next year, and I feel that her self doubts severly limit her potential. She just thinks she’s the funny girl, not the smart girl.

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  • elkelorraine

    Hi Joe…I’ll have to say that this entire post tugged at my heart. And the video was both the icing and cherry on top. Here’s the thing. Personally, I don’t have a problem with learning. Nor does it seem that my 16 year old does either. But I have been a huge advocate against the school system. Not because I have a personal vendetta against it. Not because I wasn’t able to succeed and hence want to point the finger at them. But because I am a logical and analytical person, I clearly see all the gaping holes that start when we put our kids in kindergarten and allow a general curriculum to categorize all of our children. We allow this “teacher” who’s impatient, who doesn’t have time to get to know personally each child, who’s technically doing this as a JOB and can’t wait for the day to end to go home to their real life, to tell us all the things wrong with the 30 or so kids under their supervision. Many parents, society allow these “babysitters” to be judge and jury over our kids. I don’t believe in testing and I hells don’t believe in homework. And because I’m educated, I know that this curriculum certainly does not prepare kids for the real life. All kindergarten through 12th grade does is prepare you for the notion that these 12 years were NOT enough and you have to now pay for more education. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe kids should go to school…to learn many things about life. To learn what they need to do to survive. To love to learn new things. To learn of the possibilities. And a great teacher can influence his students to retain or at least to have the desire to retain information. Not to just hand out assignments and act like they did anything special as a teacher. Tests and homework are cop-outs. Shortcuts for teachers to not do more. I know there are great teachers out there making a difference but their hands are tied to the antiquated society of education. Bravo to you to help folks understand the need to look deeper in to each person and if you really focus you just might see that your D student is filled with greatness.

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  • Zoe

    Wow, as a teacher this really resonated with me.

    It can be so easy to overlook the fact that everybody is different went it comes to learning, and especially education. As a teacher I believe that it is my job to cater for ALL learning styles and to make content accessible to everyone. It is not always easy, but it is my job.

    Getting out of your own way is important too. Changing from a fixed mind set to a growth mind set can make all the difference.

    Powerful stuff.

    Congratulations on your obviously sensational life!!

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  • Matthew L. Campbell

    Wonderful and true. When we focus on our external “enemies” we are distracted by our true enemy. I still battle with myself in many ways, but I’ve been at it for a couple years now, and I feel I’ve finally gained the higher ground. It’s a great feeling when you realize that you’re in control of yourself – the world is your playground once you do. Great post.

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  • Denis

    I love this kind of posts, this approach is interesting.

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  • thebettrhalf

    Hey Joe. I think this is a great post. I don’t have a disability but I have been going through a lot recently and I’m due to start exams in the next few days. My problem is that my mindset is not where it should be and it’s stopping me from doing my best to learn and revise my work. Your post has really made me want to refocus my mindset I’m just not sure where to begin.

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  • Leslie Rusu

    Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Wonderful. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

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  • Tesha Kaschak

    You could certainly see your skills within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “Every man serves a useful purpose A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.” by Laurence J. Peter.

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  • Roxanne

    Hey Joe!
    Thanks for sharing! In the beginning I was always reluctant to mention i was dyslexic for fear of someone labelling me incapable. Like you, I came to learn that I’ll only every be as incapable as I let myself be. Not that it never crops up, but I totally get your point, get out of your own way! Haha
    I was just wondering, what strategies /methods of understanding to retain new information do you use? I know I learn in weird and wonderful ways and it may not be any use to some people, but I’m really interested in how you’ve incorporated it so well to the point you don’t notice it.

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