‘Shark’ takes a bite out of dyslexia

(CNN)I was around age 6 when a troublesome fact began to surface in my life. I wasn't learning how to read along with the other kids, and it became a source of incredible frustration for my mother and my teachers.

It was horrifying to be singled out in class. That white-hot shame of feeling slow left me paralyzed. I was always good with numbers, but the ability to read rows of letters and to turn them into words, completely eluded me.
    There wasn't a word for dyslexia back then, but small pockets of expertise around this kind of learning disability were starting to pop up in academic communities.
    My mother, Georgette, discovered one of the best of these communities and dragged me to the 12th floor of the Montreal Children's Hospital. Bad enough I had a hard time reading; having to go to a hospital to fix it was mortifying. That feeling disappeared at the sight of the bright blue trampoline in a room off the lobby.


    Today, I don't worry about my weaknesses. I identify them, and if I can't fix them, I hire people to fill the gaps they create.
    Business operations, for instance, require an intensely methodical approach, strict organizational skills, adherence to certain protocols and attention to the most minute details. These are not my strengths, so I hire the best operations managers in the business. I pay these perfectionists well and they in turn keep me fully apprised of the ins, outs, ups and downs of every aspect of my business.
    Like a blind person with a great sense of smell, I made friends with numbers. They never betrayed me or confused me, which is why I think dyslexics make great entrepreneurs.

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    If you must compensate for your weaknesses, you have to come up with pretty creative solutions.
    There is a lot of shame when children are told over and over they can't do something. These children rarely grow up to be success stories. Dr. Margie removed that shame at the exact right time in my life, before it took root and hampered me, and for that, I'll be forever grateful.
    I hope everyone finds his or her Dr. Margie.

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