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Theo Paphitis is well known for his business empire which spans retail, property, financial and consumer goods. Many of his brands are household names. He is also well known for his appearances on the TV show finding entrepreneurs called Dragons’ Den and is a committed fundraiser for charities.
Theo left school at a relatively young age with no qualifications and took a job in retail at a watch company. The reason he gained no qualifications was that he had dyslexia. He said that teachers thought he was “thick” and he found exams too difficult. Theo found that he was unable to do things like filing and quickly came to realise that he could work in retail as he loved working with people. He enjoyed the customer facing jobs and went on to work in insurance, property and finance. In 2015 he formed the Theo Paphitis Retail Group which includes brands Ryman, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue.
Theo has said that the reason he has been successful was due to his dyslexia as it made him think things differently and drove him to look for answers in a different way. He said that many entrepreneurs have dyslexia as they play to their strengths to find answers to whatever they are looking for. Did you know that Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and Henry Ford all had dyslexia and these are people who have shaped our world in a really positive way.
Some people look at challenges and it is these that hold them back. Others look at those same challenges and use them to their advantage and this is exactly what Theo Paphitis has done. By finding ways to deal with things he found hard he has overcome those challenges and found ways of turning a negative in some people’s eyes into a huge positive and in his own words:
“If I hadn’t had dyslexia I’m pretty certain I wouldn’t be here today because I wouldn’t have gone down the path I went down.”
So whatever you may feel is your own negative, think like Theo and turn it into a positive and you may be amazed by the results!!!
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