10 Little-known Advantages of Dyslexia

Did you know researchers have found that self-made millionaires are 4 times more likely to be dyslexic than the rest of the population?

While the school years can be a difficult time for dyslexic learners, their exceptional gifts and talents have made them some of the most successful people in the world- outside the classroom. So while some people, at some times, may look at dyslexia as a disability, it really is a learning difference that is accompanied by some impressive strengths.

Dyslexic Strengths

  1. Often highly creative
  2. Persistant
  3. Can easily grasp new concepts
  4. See patterns, connections and similarities that others don’t see
  5. Excellent at solving puzzles
  6. Holistic:  they see the big picture, don’t get lost in details, get to the important aspects
  7. Excellent comprehension of stories read or told to them
  8. Strong reasoning skills
  9. Understand abstract ideas
  10. Inclination to think outside the box

Dyslexic Careers

These strengths lend themselves nicely into these careers.

  • Science/Research
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Design
  • Woodworking/Carpentry
  • Artist
  • Actor
  • Architect
  • Mechanic
  • Engineering
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Athletics
  • Software design

As parents we have a tremendous amount of influence in developing our children’s strengths and interests.  Get to know their strengths and come alongside them to guide them.  Help them dream and set goals for themselves.  Chances are that with the dyslexic’s strength in persevering through difficulties, coupled with loving guidance and support, they too can excel in the their God-given gifts.

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  1. Thank you, Marianne! I love your website, encouragement, and sharing of your experiences! You have given me a lot of good ideas and resources. God bless you and your family!


  2. Hi thanks for the post, great to see dyslexic strengths being promoted. The link below will take you to an inspiring you tube video on dyslexic success. Hope you all enjoy it and find it encouraging.


    God bless you

  3. Hi there. I am new to your blogs and love all the great info. In your article, you stated that one of the advantages of dyslexics is their ability to persevere. However, I find that my 14 yr old son often just wants to give up when things get difficult for him. He tends to wander off in his mind and the clock ticks on. I have tried many different things: timer, rewards, loss of privileges, giving breaks, etc. but nothing works all the time. Some days are better than others. I wonder if you have dealt with this and what you would recommend to encourage more persistence with him?

    • Hi Connie

      I’m dyslexic and when I was a teenager I really struggled with persistence and concentrating, I think it’s something people learn and they get older, but it takes time. Now I’m older I have good strategies that help me to concentrate and I have learned persistence. I completed a BSc and an MSc degree so all turned out okay in the end, but when I was at school I was a pain to teach!!

      I’ve made a little video with some tips that might give you some ideas to help your son

      Link below – hope it helps

  4. I struggled with dyslexia all through school. I don’t now, it’s just a part of who I am. I can’t ‘see’ words in my head so if someone spells something, I must write it down in order to know what it is. Great now that have kids, not! Lol. Hubby can’t spell out things he doesn’t want them to know about, as I end up just looking at him blankly, even when it is a simple word. I still sometimes write letters backwards and occasionally have to think when writing b or d. I remember one Christmas my parents getting me a phonetic spelling dictionary to help me with my spelling. I was so upset .. even worse the misspelled words weren’t spelled wrong the way I spelled them wrong, so it didn’t help much. They worked very hard with me, spending hours after school teaching me how to spell. I am now an avid reader, I’m a speed reader too and I devour books. Can’t get enough of a good story. I still can’t do math, nor do I know my multiplication tables … I have tried for years to memorize them, practicing for hours, making a habit to go through them when in the bathroom or as I’m about to go to sleep, hypnosis style. No dice. Though I can tell instantly when a room isn’t the correct size (ie. has a hidden space) or if a piece of furniture will fit into a certain area just by looking at it. Most helpful when I work as a project manager in construction … I’m currently a stay at home mum.
    My most fun strength discovery came when I moved from a country driving on the left to a country driving on the right and had absolutely no adjustment required to the difference. I just get in the car and drive! No reaching to change gear and getting the door handle, no getting in the ‘wrong’ side, etc. I can’t use my imagination to switch though, so if I’m driving on the right I can’t visualize what it’s like to drive on the left and vice versa.
    Sounds like you’re having quite the adventure with your tribe?!? Best of luck. Wonderful to read your blog posts, makes me feel less alone, there was no diagnosis when I was a child so no one knew what my issue was, we just struggled along as best we could. Wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that we figured out what was going on for all those years. 🙂
    My wonderful Dad has always said “You can do anything you put your mind to.” And he is so right.

    • Marianne Sunderland says:

      Louise – what a joy to open my computer to read your comment this morning. I find it interesting how motivated dyslexics are to learn. My husband is the same way. He is brilliant at what he does because of his spatial strengths – similar to you. I love your cheerful overcoming attitude – your kids are blessed to have you and your wisdom!

  5. Marianne,
    What a wonderful article and way to explain the POSITIVE benefits of dyslexia! Could you contact me? I would love to quote you in my blog and also in my upcoming newsletter for my music school. Let me know if that’s okay! Thanks so much!

  6. I’m at the other end of the spectrum. The one who never knew he had dyslexia. 44 and a pathetic life because nobody understood it back then. I suffer from anxiety and depression but am trying to combat it. I always wondered why i seen things in a different light than others. And yet i know i am very special even if others can’t see it. I wish i could meet people like me or who understand me. It’s hard to stay strong when you feel alone.

  7. David Hurley says:

    As someone didn’t know this until as an adult when a long time friend and teacher mentioned “You realize you are dsylexic” it never occured to me but explains much. These every traits made me succeed in achieving a PHD in the social sciences and made me a very good Military Intelligence Analyst. I assume you are dsylexic also and didn’t realize you misspelt “persistant.” Actually I didn’t either until I cut and pasted into word… LOL.

  8. 22 and finally starting to understand myself. Every pro and con I have read about dyslexia is spot on for me…. Makes me feel better to know what’s wrong with me. Still the constant labels are the hardest part. Easier now I’m out of school my struggles are not as obvious!

  9. I have a learning Disability and hope to become an advocate for people with an LD any suggestions?

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